Senior Instructor of Biology
I am currently a Senior Instructor and course coordinator for Introductory Biology courses.
BS in Forensic Science, University of New Haven
MS, MPhil in Biology, Yale University
Bio101 General Biology I; Bio101L General Biology Lab; Bio102 General Biology I; Bio102L General Biology Lab; Bio101 Online General Biology I; Bio101L Online General Biology Lab; Bio150 General Biology for Majors; Bio150L General Biology Lab for Majors; Bio151 Molecular Cell Bio & Genetics; Bio151L Molecular Cell Bio & Genetics Lab
Teaching and Advising Philosophy
My love of biology stems from my appreciation of how science is practiced and the role it plays in our world. I value the scientific method and the importance of objective thinking and reasoning. I want students to develop a curiosity and critical thinking skills, which will help them throughout college and beyond.
In advising, I strive to develop a supportive relationship with students in order to help them discover their own paths, pursue their interests and have a rewarding experience at Quinnipiac.
Professor of Biology
I am currently Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. I was previously the Director of the Veterinary Technology Program (1990-2012). My formal training is as a veterinarian.
B.S. University of Connecticut (Animal Science); D.V.M. Purdue University
BIO 101 General Biology I; BIO 101L General Biology I Lab; BIO 102 General Biology II; BIO 102L General Biology II Lab; BIO 115 Administration in Veterinary Technology; BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I; BIO 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology II; BIO 315 Veterinary Clinical Pathology; BIO 413 Veterinary Radiology, Anesthesia, and Surgical Technology; BIO 415 Animal Diseases
Clinical Influence on Teaching
I was a practicing veterinarian for 30 years. That clinical experience serves to inform and illuminate my teaching in both General Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology in that disease states are simply the result of aberrations in normal physiologic processes.
Professor of Biology and Academic Coordinator of Experiential Learning
I am the Academic Coordinator of Experiential Learning in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. I was previously the Director of the Collaborative for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2006-2013), now known as the Center for Teaching and Learning. My formal training is as a biochemist and cell biologist, and my teaching focuses at the molecular and cellular level.
B.A. Williams College, Williamstown, MA (Biology); Ph.D. 1989 Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY (Biochemistry); Postdoc Yale University 1988-1991 (Department of Human Genetics)
Bio101/101L General Biology I; Bio102/102L General Biology II; Bio211 Anatomy and Physiology I; Bio212/212L Anatomy and Physiology II; Bi298 Research Seminar in Biology; Bio298 Research Methods in Biology; Bio346/346L Cell Physiology; Bio385 Experiential Inquiry in Biology; Bio515 Advanced Biochemistry; Bio560 Protein Biochemistry and Enzymology; QU101 Individual in the Community
Teaching and Mentoring Goals
In all my courses, as well as in my mentoring of biology majors, I strive to engage with students on a personal and professional level, serve as a resource and role model, and motivate students to find their passion and potential while at Quinnipiac University. My courses are designed to help students develop strong skills in critical thinking, scientific literacy and written communication, as well as quantitative reasoning and visual literacy, particularly using Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel. I hope to convey my love of science as well as teaching and mentoring every day!
Specialities and InterestsBiochemistry, Cell Biology
Senior Instructor of Biology
I am a Senior Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University, and a practicing orthopedic physician assistant. My area of interest is clinical human anatomy in patient care.
B.S. in Occupational Therapy from SUNY at Buffalo, graduated 1991 and M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from Quinnipiac College, graduated 1998.
Bio 211 and 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab and Lecture I and Bio 212 and 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab and Lecture II. I also teach in the School of Health Sciences: PY 517 Human Anatomy for the graduate Physician Assistant Students and Radiology Assistant Students.
I am not currently working on any research but I am actively involved in publishing and I serve as the departmental editor for the Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) Quick Recertification Series. In addition, I have a deep interest in humanities in the sciences and am a founder and editor in collaboration for on-line creative arts journal of the Quinnipiac University Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Arbor Vitae.
Senior Instructor of Biology
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University.
BIO 211/211L Anatomy & Physiology I lecture & laboratory; BIO 212/212L Anatomy and Physiology II lecture & laboratory
Alexandre de Lencastre
Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Graduate Program in Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB)
I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University and Director of the Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) Graduate Program. My formal training is as a biochemist but my research interests encompass a wide variety of subjects including genetics, molecular biology, microbiology and neurodegenerative diseases. My teaching focuses on molecular biology.
B.S. 1996 Georgetown University (Biochemistry); Ph.D. 2005 Columbia University (Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics); Postdoc 2005-2006 Yale University (Biochemistry); Postdoc 2006-2013 Yale University (Genetics)
Bio 101 General Biology I; Bio 102 General Biology II; Bio 515 Advanced Biochemistry; Bio 605 Molecular and Cellular Laboratories I; Bio 606 Molecular and Cellular Laboratories II; Bio 675 MCB Comprehensive Exam
My lab is interested in the roles of microRNAs and other non-coding RNAs in biology, with particular emphasis on their post-developmental functions during aging and in stress resistance. MiRNAs are conserved and critical for development across biology and they have been implicated in several diseases, including cancer. However, the function of the vast majority of miRNAs is currently a mystery. Using the model organism C. elegans my lab is examining miRNAs that we have shown to affect animal lifespan and stress resistance. We are interested in uncovering the molecular targets of these miRNAs, the environmental triggers that control miRNA expression and if these miRNAs have related functions in C. elegans models of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Given the high conservation of miRNAs across species, insights from this research may lead to new biomarkers and better understanding of diseases of aging in higher organisms such as humans.
For more information please visit the lab website: http://mywebspace.quinnipiac.edu/adelencastre/index.html
Masters in Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) Program
The Master of Science (MS) degree in Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) provides students with advanced preparation and hands-on lab experience to enter professional and graduate schools or to pursue full-time work in research and pharmaceutical laboratories. Link for more information: https://cas360.qu.edu/channels/molecular-and-cell-biology/
Specialities and InterestsGenetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biology of Aging
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology
Visiting Instructor of Biology
Professor of Biology
Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. I trained as a developmental cell biologist, and my teaching focuses on genetics.
B.S. 2007 Ursinus College (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Ph.D. 2015 Johns Hopkins University (Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology)
Postdoc 2016-2018 Johns Hopkins University (Biomedical Engineering)
Bio 282L Genetics Lab; Bio 382 Human Genetics; Bio 382L Human Genetics Lab
My research will allow students to explore questions relating to genetics, cell biology, and developmental biology. I use Drosophila as a model system to investigate tissue migration during embryonic development. Many genes that guide fly development are used also during human development. The questions that I research are fundamental to understanding embryonic development: What does this gene do in this tissue? How is a migrating tissue guided to the correct location in an organism? What are the cues that guide a migrating tissue? How are these cues sensed? What happens when these systems go awry? Students working in my lab will learn classical genetic approaches in addition to modern molecular biology techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9. Students will also learn that the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” also applies to biology as they hone their imaging skills to tell a story through science. Finally, students will have to opportunity to form unique research questions regarding genes that have never been formally investigated before. My lab will focus on the Methuselah family of G-protein coupled receptors – a large family of proteins that is not well understood. I also plan to apply my work in Drosophila to a new organism: ticks. This new avenue of research is quite promising given the recent rise in tick populations and the concomitant growth of tick-borne diseases.
Specialities and InterestsDevelopmental Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics
Associate Teaching Professor of Biology
I am an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University, and Coordinator for Bio105 and Bio106 Lectures and Labs. My experience is in cell biology, neurobiology, electron microscopy and pharmaceutical sciences.
B.S. 1987 University of Connecticut (Pathobiology)
M.S. 1994 Southern Connecticut State University (Biology)
Ph.D. 2003 University of Connecticut (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Bio101 General Biology I; Bio101L General Biology Lab; Bio102 General Biology I; Bio102L General Biology Lab; Bio102 Online General Biology I; Bio102L Online General Biology Lab Bio150 General Biology for Majors; Bio150L General Biology Lab for Majors; Bio151 Molecular Cell Bio & Genetics; Bio151L Molecular Cell Bio & Genetics Lab
My research interests lie in the science of learning. Specifically, how do inductive teaching practices enhance student learning? How do case studies improve a student’s ability to make meaning from the content presented in class? Do inductive teaching practices help students retain information from one course and use it in a future course to create contextual meaning of the content learned? These questions are explored using case studies that pertain to units within the General Biology for Majors and the Molecular and Cell Bio & Genetics course, as well as flipped classroom settings in these courses.
Professor of Biology and Advisor to Biology Minors
I am currently a Professor at Quinnipiac University with joint appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Frank H. Netter, MD-School of Medicine. My formal training is as a physiologist, and my teaching focuses on functional mechanisms found from the cellular to the community levels of organization.
B.S. Biology Honors Scholar 1987 The University of Connecticut (Biology); M.S. 1989 The University of Connecticut (Physiology & Neurobiology); Ph.D. 1991 The University of Connecticut (Physiology & Aquatic Toxicology); Postdoc 1991-1993 New York University Medical Center, Department of Environmental Medicine (Toxicology)
BIO 101 General Biology I; BIO 102 General Biology II; Bio 208/208L Introduction to Forensic Science lecture and laboratory; BIO 211/211L Anatomy & Physiology I lecture & laboratory; BIO 212/212L Anatomy and Physiology II lecture & laboratory; BIO 399H Honors Research in Biological Sciences; BIO 498/499 Independent Study; BIO 525 Organismal Diversity; BIO 526 Ecology & the Environment.
I am interested in determining if specific environmental stressors, such as exposure to plastics, alter foundational behaviors of animals that live in aquatic habitats. Currently, I am investigating what impact chemical exposure has on crayfish ecdysis and aggression, shoaling among estuarine fish, survival of amphipods, and activity and health among Madagascar Hissing cockroaches. It is not enough, however, to simply document changes. I also want to understand the mechanisms for those changes. The key behaviors that I monitor are all influenced by two brain neurotransmitters: serotonin, which has been implicated in the modulation of aggression, locomotor activity, stress, and cognition and (2) dopamine which affects movement, emotion, and motivation. So, in addition to monitoring behavior, I also measure neurotransmitter levels and the activity of enzymes pivotal to neurotransmitter production in an attempt to determine specifically how chemical exposure disrupts behavior.
Specialities and InterestsPhysiology and Environmental Toxicology
Assistant Professor of Biology
The most valuable thing a teacher can tell his students is not to pursue knowledge and understanding but to develop a desire for knowledge and understanding. Thus, my primary goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to trust their intellectual strength, to be independent, and to self-study. I am committed to building a strong teaching aptitude under the principle of “concept here,” using a collaborative, experiential learning framework to guide students from diverse backgrounds.
My research lab address various biological systems using interdisciplinary approaches at the
intersection of structural biology, biochemistry and genetics by employing advanced bioinformatic tools, computer simulation and experimental component. Some of my current area of interest include:
– The role of Polycomb Group Proteins and their corresponding polycomb response elements in epigenetic regulation of gene expression in Drosophila development
– Free energy landscape and large-scale conformational changes of biological macromolecules using molecular simulations.
– Protein-DNA interactions
– Permeation, Selectivity, and Gating of ion Channels
Ph.D. in Computational Biophysics, University of South Bohemia and ASCR, 2011
M.Sc. in Biophysics, Tehran, 2007
2015-2019: Postdoctoral research scientist
Freddolino Lab, Department of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan
2014-2015: Postdoctoral research scientist
Martina Roeselová † Lab, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS, Prague
2012-2014: Lecturer in Bioinformatics
Golestan University of Medical Sciences
See a complete list of publications on my Google Scholar profile
Khabiri Lab Homepage:
Assistant Professor of Biology
I am an Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. My research interest is on the evolution of social behavior and the nutritional ecology of native pollinators. My teaching focus is on ecology, evolution and organismal biology.
B.S. Biology (2008) University of New Mexico
Ph.D. Biological Sciences (2014) Vanderbilt University
BIO152/152L Ecological and Biological Diversity
My research focus in on the evolution of social behavior. One of the major transitions in animal evolution is the shift from solitary to social living. My lab uses comparative studies to understand the factors involved in this transition and to answer questions such as: What are the commonalities of social behavior across socially living taxa? What are the ecological/ demographic/ life history predictors of these commonalities?
The other research focus of my lab is the nutritional ecology of native pollinators. An estimated 90% of flowering plants rely on insect pollinators. Specifically, wild bees play an important role in crop pollination and have been estimated to provide $150 billion in pollination services globally. Native pollinator diversity is crucial for a healthy, functioning ecosystem as well as the stability of agricultural production and yet the local diversity, foraging habits and nutritional needs of most native bees remain unknown. My lab will work to understand questions such as: How does floral resource availability shape foraging habits? How do macronutrients of different pollens affect bee foraging patterns? How does nutritional availability affect physiology?
Assistant Professor of Biology
I am currently an Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University in the Department of Biological Sciences. I am a Developmental Biologist, which means that I study the self-organization of an entire multicellular organism from a single cell, a subject that I find endlessly fascinating. I have taught a wide range of courses from the freshman to graduate levels, including diverse subjects from Bioethics to Developmental Biology.
B.S. 1995 University of California, Davis (Physiology); Ph.D. 2004 University of Washington (Zoology); Postdoc 2004-2009 University of Hawai’i (Evolutionary Developmental Biology).
Bio101 General Biology I; Bio102L General Biology II Lab; Bio205 Bioethics; Bio225 Physiological Diversity; Bio227 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I; Bio228 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II; Bio240 Cellular Communication; Bio317 Developmental Biology; Bio571 Molecular Genetics; Bio675 MCB Comprehensive Exam
My lab studies the cell biological mechanisms underlying development. Specifically, we study processes that allow cells to move, change shape, and adhere to one another. These are collectively involved in “morphogenesis”, the development of embryonic shape and structure. We are interested not only in how these processes work in a particular organism, but how they have evolved to generate the structural diversity we see across the animal kingdom. Our model organism is the starlet sea anemone Nemtostella vectensis, a member of the phylum Cnidaria, which also includes corals, jellyfish and others. Cnidarians branched off from the rest of the animals about 600 million years ago, so they are an important group to study if we want to understand animal evolution. We are currently focusing on the cell biology of gastrulation in this species (the first time in development that cells move relative to one another), and on the formation of the neural network that constitutes the nervous system in this animal.
For more information please visit my lab website: http://mywebspace.quinnipiac.edu/cmagie/QU_lab_website/Home.html
Associate Professor of Biology
I am currently a Associate Professor at Quinnipiac University with joint appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Frank H. Netter, MD-School of Medicine. My formal training is as a physiologist, and my teaching focuses on functional mechanisms found from the cellular to the community levels of organization.
Ph.D. 2011 University of Connecticut (Physiology & Neurobiology)
BIO 211/211L Anatomy & Physiology I lecture & laboratory; BIO 212/212L Anatomy and Physiology II lecture & laboratory; BIO 375 Physiological Models of Human Disease lecture and lecture; BIO 385 Experiential Inquiry in Biology; BIO 498/499 Independent Study
I am interested in determining the molecular mechanism of action of endocrine disrupting chemicals, while working toward an understanding of zebrafish sexual differentiation. Additionally, my lab currently examines the Quinnipiac River and the Naugatuck River by gas chromatography mass spectrophotometry (GC-MS) for the presence of phthalates and plasticizers.
Instructor of Biology
I am an Instructor in the Department of Biology at Quinnipiac University. My area of interest is clinical human anatomy.
BMSc 2007 The University of Western Ontario (Medical Sciences); MSc 2009 The University of Western Ontario (Clinical Anatomy)
BIO 211/L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture / Lab I. BIO 212/L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture / Lab II. Laboratory Coordinator for BIO 211L.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. My formal training is as a Physician and Public Health personnel, and my teaching focuses on the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body.
M.B.B.S 2009 University of Nigeria; MPH 2015 Southern Connecticut State University.
Bio 211L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
My past research work includes factors determining risky sexual behavior among college freshmen-reasons for use and non-use of condoms; belief, practices and knowledge of febrile convulsion among mothers in South East Nigeria; and family dysfunctions: Implications for psychoactive substance use among offenders in a Nigerian prison. Currently, I am working on a comparative study between Nigerian and American prisons looking at the correlation between childhood abuse and psychoactive substance use in prisoners. I am also looking at the long term psychological effect of female genital mutilation and its correlation with vesicovaginal fistula among women in south east Nigeria.
My teaching philosophy is to break down complex concepts in its simplest form while still retaining the core information therein. I apply my clinical experience as a physician while teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology. I strive to make the learning process enjoyable. I also like to engage students at an individual level to have an insight and understand their own perspective, struggles and victories, to be better guided on how to mentor and assist them.
Professor of Biology
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. My research training is in genetics, with a focus on cancer biology.
B.A. 2004 Franklin and Marshall College (Biology); Ph.D. 2014 Yale University (Genetics); Postdoc 2014-2015 Wesleyan University (Developmental Biology)
Bio101/101L General Biology I; Bio102/102L General Biology II; Bio150/150L General Biology for Majors; Bio151/151L Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics, Bio106 Science and Society; Bio282L Genetics Lab; Bio498 Independent Study; Bio568 Cell and Molecular Biology, Bio523 Classical Genetics; Bio524 Evolution; CAS420 The Evolution of Food
My formal training has focused on Drosophila and zebrafish as model systems to understand cancer biology, although I have a broad interest in genetics. My personal interests include the environment and food systems, which relate to a wide range of topics covered more formally in other courses.
As a teacher, my goal is to engage students and deliver a strong combination of academic theory and experiential learning, while also conveying real world significance. I believe that being a good educator doesn’t mean only understanding concepts well yourself, but having the ability to see concepts through the eyes of someone who doesn’t. Scientific advancement is influencing our lives in profound ways. I want my students to be well equipped to meet those experiences with a core conceptual framework and the curiosity to continue making connections as life long learners, even after they leave Quinnipiac.
Associate Teaching Professor of Biology
I am currently Associate Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University
B.S. Ithaca College; M.S. University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse; Ph.D. American University
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO 211L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab; BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II; BIO 212L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
Related to the study of the human body, I have some particular interests in exercise and nutrition as preventives to chronic disease in the body as well possible remedies to disease. I am also interested in active learning practices and assessment of student learning.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology and MCB Program Coordinator
I am an Assistant Teaching Professor and MCB Program Coordinator in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. My research training is as a molecular and cell biologist, with a focus on transcription and the cell cycle.
B.A. in Biology, University of California (Santa Cruz); Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of California (San Diego); Postdoc in Cell Biology, University of California (San Francisco).
Bio150/150L General Biology for Majors; Bio101/101L General Biology I; Bio102L General Biology II; Bio510 Stem Cells; Bio568 Cell and Molecular Biology; Bio571 Molecular Genetics; Bio606 DNA Methods Laboratory
Teaching & Advising Philosophy
My goal as a teacher is to encourage students to be self-motivated, inquisitive learners and to instill joy in understanding science. Through carefully designed class activities and assignments, I strive to provide the information and critical thinking skills that students need to be successful in their chosen career.
My goal as an advisor is to help students navigate their career path through college. The personal relationships formed through the advising process provide the ability to guide students through course selection, extracurricular activities and post-graduation plans.
Specialities and InterestsCell and Molecular Biology
Professor of Biology, Department Chair
I am currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. My formal training is as a molecular neurobiologist, and my teaching focuses at the molecular and cellular level.
B.A. 1987 Swarthmore College (Mathematics and Biology); M.S. 1989 University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Pharmacology); Ph.D. 1993 Harvard University (Neuroscience); Postdoc 1993-1994 Harvard Medical School (Neurobiology); Postdoc 1994-1999 Brandeis University (Biochemistry)
Bio 101 General Biology I; Bio 101L General Biology I Lab; Bio 120 Biology of Beer; Bio 212L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab; Bio 240 Cellular Communication; Bio 329 Neurobiology; Bio 346 Cell Physiology; Bio 346L Cell Physiology Lab; Bio 399H Honors Research in Biological Sciences; Bio 598 Neurophysiology; Bio 606 Molecular and Cellular Laboratories II
I am interested in the basic questions of how proteins transport cations across cellular membranes: How is selectivity determined? What conformational rearrangements are necessary for translocation? How is transport activity regulated by cellular conditions? One line of research in my lab focuses on transporters that are located in intracellular organelles, in specific, calcium transporters of the vacuolar compartment of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This process is particularly amenable for several reasons. First, it is a biologically important problem: intracellular calcium is vital in many cellular processes, and its concentration is tightly controlled by sequestration or release from a variety of intracellular organelles using ion channels or transporters. Second, these intracellular calcium transport proteins are well-suited for attack by classic biochemical and functional methods particularly appropriate for undergraduate researchers. We are starting by addressing very basic questions of membrane topology, with the ultimate goal of understanding the molecular basis of transport (including selectivity & stoichiometry), as well as how activity is regulated.
Associate Teaching Professor of Biology & CAS Faculty Advising Director
I am currently an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. My training is in the field of molecular and cellular biology and molecular neurobiology, and my teaching focuses at the molecular and cellular level.
B.A. 1997 Ithaca College (Biology); Ph.D. 2003 Harvard University (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
Bio 105 (UC) Introduction to the Biological Sciences Lab; Bio 106 (UC) Science and Society: Concepts and Current Issues Lab; Bio 571 Molecular Genetics; Bio 605 DNA Methods Laboratory; FYS 101.
Research and Academic Interests
I am interested in how life works at the molecular and cellular level. As an undergraduate at Ithaca College, I worked on a project aimed at elucidating the structure and function of cytochrome c oxidase in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. That work fueled my interest in the field, and I went on to pursue graduate studies in a department that had broad interests in the fields of molecular, cellular, developmental, and neurobiology. My graduate worked involved exploring the molecular and cellular neurobiology of pheromone detection in mammals. During my graduate training, I became very interested in teaching and academic advising, and worked as an academic advisor and lecturer from 2003-2015, when I came to Quinnipiac University.
Specialities and InterestsMolecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology
I am currently Assistant Teaching Professor in Biology at Quinnipiac University. I am a trained molecular cell biology with interests in histology and reproductive physiology.
BS University of Rhode Island (Animal Science) 1999; MS University of Florida (Animal Science) 2001; PhD University of Florida (Biomedical Sciences).
Bio 211- Anatomy and Physiology I; Bio 211L- Anatomy and Physiology I Lab; Bio212- Anatomy and Physiology II; Bio 212L- Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
I am a trained molecular cell biologist with a keen interest in reproductive biology, specifically, reproductive cancers. I am interested in the cellular processes that are altered in gynecological cancer and the associated changes in physiology.
Senior Teaching Instructor of Biology
About: I am a Senior Teaching Instructor, the course coordinator for Health Sciences Introductory Biology series (Bio101-102 lecture), Coordinator of Academic Integrity Initiatives, and a faculty mentor for online course design through the Center for Teaching & Learning.
Education: B.S. in Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2000) M.S. in Biology, University of Iowa (2004) M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education, University of Maine, Orono (2007)
Courses Taught: Bio101/L General Biology I Lecture and Lab (on-ground and online) Bio102/L General Biology II Lecture and Lab (on-ground and online) Bio150/L General Biology for Majors Lecture and Lab Bio151/L Molecular Cellular Biology & Genetics Lecture and Lab Bio152L Ecological & Biological Diversity Lab Bio385 Experiential Inquiry in Biology
Teaching Philosophy: My admiration for science is fueled by my desire to challenge myself. My journey from undergraduate student to my current career has provided great opportunities for me to embrace many challenges. The lessons learned from these challenges have become a great asset that I incorporate into my teaching philosophy. The fundamental concepts of my teaching philosophy are understanding and application, not memorization and regurgitation. In education, students must understand the basics, to then challenge themselves as they advance their knowledge base of any field they pursue. In biology, importance of this translates to students developing the capabilities to hold scientific conversations, rather than conversations about science. The more depth students receive on a subject, the more they start to become scientists, not just biology students.
Professor of Biology
St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, Biology, B.S., June 1965
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., Physiology, Ph.D., June 1971
1965 – 1968 U.S. Public Health Service Pre-doctoral Traineeship, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1968 – 1970 Research Assistantship, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1970 – 1974 Assistant Professor, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
1974 – 1978 Associate Professor, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
1978 – Present Professor, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
1979 – 1982 Chairman, Department of Biological Sciences, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
1979 – 1986 Visiting Assistant Fellow, John B. Pierce Foundation Laboratory, New Haven, CT
1986 – 1987 Visiting Associate Fellow, John B. Pierce Foundation Laboratory, New Haven, CT
1987 – 1988 Interim Dean, School of Allied Health & Natural Sciences, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
1988 – 2005 Dean, School of Health Sciences, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
2005 – Present Professor – Department of Biological Sciences Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT