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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Faculty & Staff

K. Joy Karnas

Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
Professor/Dir., Genetic Engineering
Miller Building 28
Ext. 3681
kjkarnas@cedarcrest.edu

Link

www.cedarcrest.edu/karnas

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Education

B.S., College of William and Mary
M.S., College of William and Mary
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Research Interests

"Research in my lab focuses on the use of RNA to examine changes in gene expression in response to environmental stimuli. The tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, is the model organism for most of my research projects, but chicken embryos, tomato plants, and human tissues have also been used by my research students. In addition, projects that focus on RNA decay in deposited stains connect my RNA research to the field of forensic science."

Career Highlights

K. Joy Karnas, Ph.D., continues her investigation of lipoprotein biosynthesis in the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) through use of an S2 cell system and budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) secretory mutants. She has several research projects currently being conducted with Cedar Crest College students.

Inspiration

"My students inspire me. They are the reason that I am who I am, and the motivation for me to do what I do. If I didn’t have such incredible students who truly appreciate the effort that I put into my teaching, I don’t think I would feel as passionate about my teaching and scholarship. Nothing inspires me more than learning that one of my students has achieved more than they thought possible, and words cannot express how much I value letters from alumnae that praise the genetic engineering program and the courses they took at Cedar Crest College."

On Becoming a Teacher

"In my first true teaching experience (beyond simply serving as a teaching assistant and running college biology labs), I discovered my talent for breaking complex concepts down into bite-sized bits that students could comprehend. I have a knack for developing analogies to help students visualize exactly what they are trying to learn. I describe biological concepts in simple, everyday terms, creating a parallel that is easier for novices to grasp. I love teaching the details of molecular genetics-introducing upper-level college students to the intricate world of gene expression-but also enjoy outreach activities that connect me with elementary school classrooms. I am passionate about student centered learning and incorporate classroom discussions, inquiry-based learning, and laboratory activities into my teaching as much as possible. Every time I step into a classroom, my connection with the students helps me rediscover why I love this job."

John Cigliano

John A. Cigliano

Professor of Biology
Director of Biodiversity & Conservation Biology
B.S., University of Rochester; Ph.D., Boston University
Miller 27
Ext. 3702
jaciglia@cedarcrest.edu

 

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Education

Director of Biodiversity & Conservation Biology
B.S., University of Rochester; Ph.D., Boston University

Research Interests

"My research interests include marine ecology and conservation, especially the conservation of marine fisheries and the effect of global warming and climate change on marine populations. Current research projects in my lab include determining whether a marine reserve in Belize is effectively conserving queen conch populations and using computer modeling to study the long-term effects of global warming and overfishing on marine species. I am also collaborating with Dr. Rich Kliman on a project studying the conservation genetics of queen conch. "

Career Highlights

After completing his doctoral dissertation on octopus behavioral ecology, John Cigliano, Ph.D. became interested in marine conservation issues and has been working on marine conservation ever since. His current research is on queen conch conservation ecology, the effectiveness of a marine reserve in Belize on conserving queen conch populations, and the conservation genetics of queen conch (in collaboration with Rich Kliman, Ph.D.), as well as studying the long-term effects global warming and overfishing on marine species.

John Cigliano, Ph.D. is also an active member of the Society for Conservation Biology and is on the board of governors of the Society's Marine Section. He has chaired and been on the organizing committee of the International Marine Conservation Congress, a major meeting for marine conservation researchers and practitioners. He is also committed to conservation education and is part of the American Museum of Natural History's Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners. John Cigliano, Ph.D. has a special interest in providing students with international field experience and has taught field courses in the Amazon rainforest and on the coral reefs of the Caribbean.

Memberships

John Cigliano, Ph.D. is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology.

Courses Taught

Marine Ecology, Marine Field Ecology, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Genetics, & Evolution, Living Learning Community in Environmental Stewardship Animal Behavior

Why Cedar Crest College

"I chose to teach at Cedar Crest because of its commitment to the liberal arts and the strong tradition of undergraduate research in the Department of Biological Sciences. I am equally excited about the College's commitment to women's leadership and global connectivity."

Advice

"My advice is for students to take advantage of all the great academic and co-curricular activities and opportunities that are provide here. College is a time for intellectual and emotional growth. And there is no better place for young women to do this than at Cedar Crest College. And while it's very important to work hard and be serious in their studies, students should not forget to also have fun."

Inspiration

"Passionate students who have a desire to learn. And seeing these students develop into self-confident, capable leaders and scientists."

Becoming a Teacher

"When I began teaching as a graduate student. I knew right away that I loved teaching and wanted to teach at the college level."

 

 

Eileen Epsaro

Instructor
B.S., East Stroudsburg University
Ph.D., Lehigh University
Pool Science Center 112
Ext. 4443
eepsaro@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S. in Biology, East Stroudsburg University
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Lehigh University

Courses Taught

Microbiology Lecture and Labs

Career Highlights

Epsaro has extensive experience in clinical lab work. Prior to earning her doctorate degree, she was a medical technologist and responsible for the microbiology department at St. Luke’s Hospital during the afternoon shift. During this time, she also pursued research and training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, in Boston. During her graduate school years, she taught science courses at the St. Luke’s School of Nursing. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and works hard to continually update and improve her courses. She recently wrote a 254-page laboratory manual specifically for the BIO-127 course.

Memberships

American Society of Clinical Pathology

Professional Advice

One of the most important things to realize is that learning is a lifelong process. Involve yourself with people and opportunities which allow you to continually grow as a person and in your career. Have a passion for what you do. As an unknown author once said, “Do what you love, and love what you do.”

Why Cedar Crest?

I enjoy teaching at Cedar Crest College because it is a close, friendly environment. Since the class sizes are relatively small, I have welcomed the opportunity to really get to know my students and interact with them one on one. I have a passion to share the exciting world of science with my students, and feel that this is very well accomplished in the community environment of our science department. I feel very fortunate to teach at Cedar Crest College because I am not only able to develop meaningful interactions with my colleagues, but also with the individuals that I teach. To have a lasting impact on their lives and future careers is very important to me.

John Cigliano

Audrey J. Ettinger

Associate Professor of Biology
Director of Neuroscience
A.B., Bryn Mawr College
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Pool Science Center 108
Ext. 3512
ajetting@cedarcrest.edu

Link

www.cedarcrest.edu/ettinger

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Education

A.B., Bryn Mawr College;
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

"My lab studies two distinct neuroscience research questions using the same model organism, the cichlid fish Rocio octofasciata. The cichlid retina, which contains adult stem cells, allows us to ask questions about how stem cells choose their final fate. Cichlid fish also have complex social interactions, and we study their behavior and the underlying brain areas to understand aggression and reproductive behavior. Recently, we have begun using chick neurons to ask whether herbal remedies such as Ginkgo biloba can act to keep neurons healthy in neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke."

Inspiration

My students challenge me daily to think clearly about science, and their enthusiasm for learning is contagious! I am also inspired by my colleagues’ high standards for teaching, service and scholarship at Cedar Crest. Daily reading of the New York Times and listening to NPR news inspire me to think about the roles that scientists and educators can play in our society. And my children inspire me daily to work toward making the world a better place in which they can live and learn.

On Becoming a Teacher

My father is a medical school professor, and my mother is a recently retired high school science teacher. As a child, I learned how much of an influence a teacher can be on the lives of her students, as well as how much work goes into good teaching. Excellent science faculty in my high school chemistry class and during my undergraduate years helped me to realize that I wanted to be a scientist in an undergraduate setting, where I could teach students in both the classroom and the research lab.

 

Amy E. Faivre

Associate Professor of Biology
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Pool Science Center 119
Ext. 3580
aefaivre@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Courses Taught

Principles of Biology II
Botany
Evolution
Conservation Biology and GIS
Case Studies in Conservation Biology Junior Colloquium
Ecology and Natural History of the American Southwest
Evolution, Ecology and Population Genetics Lab

Career Highlights

Among the career highlights of Amy Faivre, Ph.D., were taking Organization for Tropical Studies course in Costa Rica followed up by several summers of research there, and conducting research on the pollination of tropical plants in Panama in the Smithsonian Institute's Barro Colorado Island field station. She has also found the study of the reproductive biology of rare and endangered plants in wetland habitats of Ohio and Michigan, and now in the Florida scrub with researchers at Archbold Biological Station, very rewarding

Memberships

Botanical Society of America
American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Ecological Society of America
Society for the Study of Evolution
Torrey Botanical Society
Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences
Sigma Xi

Professional Advice

Ask questions, ask for help, ask your professors, peers, advisors how you need to achieve your goal, or even determine what your goal is--and then try to do it!

Why Cedar Crest?

I hope to excite and educate students on a range of topics relating to our natural world. I want to help students develop observational skills to be used both in the field and the lab and to start to ask interesting questions--as they also learn to explore and become knowledgeable about what information is available in the scientific literature.

 

Richard M. Kliman

Professor
A.B.,Colby College
Ph.D., Wesleyan University
Miller Building 24
Ext. 3501
rmkliman@cedarcrest.edu

Link

www.cedarcrest.edu/kliman

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Education

A.B. in Biology and Music, Colby College
Ph.D. in Biology, Wesleyan University

Research Interests

"My research deals mainly with evolutionary and ecological genetics. On the evolutionary side, I am interested in the relationship between genetic recombination and the effectiveness of natural selection in fruit flies, and I also study ongoing natural selection on DNA sequences in fruit flies and the single-celled fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. On the ecological side, I use patterns of DNA sequence variation to study demography of queen conch populations in Belize; I also collaborate on field work to study queen conch abundance in a newly enforced marine reserve."

Courses Taught

Ecology
Evolution
Genetics
Bioinformatics
Law and Science

Career Highlights

After completing his dissertation research on physiology and genetics of biological rhythms in rodents, Richard Kliman, Ph.D., completed four years of postdoctoral research in molecular evolution, population genetics, and speciation at Rutgers and Harvard. His research interests remain broad, and have expanded to include conservation genetics of queen conch and assessment of the effectiveness of a marine reserve in Belize (in collaboration with John Cigliano, Ph.D.). He is especially committed to evolution education and to complement his teaching at Cedar Crest, he has developed instructional software, served as a lead editor of Nature Education/Scitable, coordinated an undergraduate program for the annual Evolution conference, and coordinated Cedar Crest's annual Darwin Day celebration. He has also served as an associate editor of two scholarly journals, Genetica and The Journal of Molecular Evolution, and as a program director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation.

Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Genetics Society of America
Society for the Study of Evolution

Professional Advice

Be an active participant in your education. It's about reading, writing, ''rithmetic, (c)ritical thinking, and (c)reativity. Do the hard work that it takes to get better at all of these; it's why you're in college. You may think the purpose of college is to graduate with a particular major, minor, or concentration. That's understandable--you have and will continue to develop particular interests--but the credentials are secondary. Notice that none of these words (major, minor, concentration) start with an R?

Why Cedar Crest?

Before coming to Cedar Crest, I taught at large state institutions. I moved to Cedar Crest for two reasons: to teach at a liberal arts college and to engage more undergraduates in research. I believe strongly that students benefit most when they seek diverse challenges in and out of the classroom, and I believe that liberal arts colleges provide the best opportunity for students to do this. I also believe that students profit immensely from participation in undergraduate research, and Cedar Crest makes this possible for many students.

Inspiration

I am inspired by courage in its many forms. It can be the courage to take risks or to make sacrifices when there are real consequences. It can be the courage to speak or perform in front of an audience. It can be the courage to invest significant time and energy into a worthy endeavor that might fail. It can be the courage to challenge conventional wisdom or prevailing viewpoints-or to discard one’s previously held views even if this means admitting error. It can be the courage to confront the unknown.

On Becoming a Teacher

I started to think seriously about teaching toward the end of my junior year in college. I don’t remember why, and I certainly didn’t know what; at the time, I was leaning toward graduate school in music theory and composition. I had great professors who expected that I work hard; they loved to learn as well as to teach, and they taught me that learning takes dedication. The decision to become a college professor wasn’t made at any particular moment in time. It emerged from my experiences, observations, and values, and it would be pointless and inaccurate to try to pinpoint when it happened.

 

Judith A. Malitsch

Judith A. Malitsch

Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A., Lehigh University
M.A. Lehigh University
Post graduate research, East Stroudsburg University
Miller 23
Ext. 3605
jamalits@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.A. in Biology, Lehigh University
M.A. in Education, Biology, Lehigh University
Post graduate course work, and research in Reproductive Physiology, East Stroudsburg University

Courses Taught

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II for clinical majors, Anatomy and Physiology I and II for biology majors, Concepts in Biology and Health Issues, Concepts in Ecology and Environmental Issues, Kinesiology, Principles of Biology, Ethical Life, and College Life

Career Highlights

Judith A. Malitsch is an assistant professor of biology and has been a part of the Cedar Crest faculty since 1992. Her commitment to education encompasses more than thirty-three years of teaching on both the secondary and collegiate level including designing a science curriculum for students enrolled in an Alternative Education Program and serving as its coordinator.

Judith's graduate research in reproductive physiology investigated chemical methods for male contraception using rats as the model organism. Although she is not currently involved in an active research program, she advises students on research proposals and library research theses.

With her extensive and diversified teaching background, Judith's primary role in the department of biological sciences involves coordinating and teaching anatomy and physiology courses to clinical majors in nursing, nutrition and pre-med, pre-vet and pre-dental majors. She also developed and remains involved in coordinating and teaching environmental and health courses for non-science majors.

Her continuing education and practice in the anatomy and physiology field involves ongoing participation in clinical conferences, workshops and seminars that not only address leading-edge clinical research, but also current educational strategies.

Professor Malitsch was twice awarded the Cedar Crest College Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010-2011 and 2001-2002, received the 2005-2006 Faculty Volunteer of the Year Award, was the first recipient of the Friends of Theta Rho Award (Honor Society of Nursing) along with former President Dorothy Blaney in 2005, and received the 2003 PSEA Friend of Education Award.

Memberships

Judith is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for professional women educators promoting professional and personal growth and excellence in education, as well as the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.

Why Cedar Crest?

“As a small liberal arts college, Cedar Crest provides the opportunity for a student-centered atmosphere where we, as faculty, can really get to know our students on a personal and professional level. Smaller class sizes provide direct student interaction important for answering questions, exchanging ideas and developing critical thinking skills. Students as Cedar Crest College are not just a number. They are students whose names we really do know. Cedar Crest also encourages and nurtures new ideas, research and pedagogical methods. As a member of the department of biological sciences, I have the opportunity to work with a tremendous team of colleagues whose dedication, support and inspiration multiplies with each college endeavor. We support each other and we support our students.”

Advice

College provides the opportunity to discover your own potential, self-reliance and independence in thinking. A strong work ethic is a vital ingredient. The Cedar Crest College community will help guide you on the path as long as you persevere with a strong work ethic and a desire to fulfill your potential. Now is the time to forge this perseverance because it will enable you to achieve your own personal success throughout your life. Success does not have to be on a grandiose scale. This success should be measured by your own personal scale of accomplishment. Each course in your college career can be a lens through which you can think, explore, develop ideas, write, weigh options, evaluate opposing positions, challenge and investigate. Through this lens and your path at Cedar Crest College you will evolve with intellectual integrity, humility, courage, fairness and fair-mindedness.

Inspiration

I am inspired by strong, determined women past and present, nationally and internationally including my own mother and daughter who persevere through all challenges and obstacles and yet manage to maintain a positive attitude despite adversarial circumstances. I am inspired by the adult students who are returning to school and juggling family, work, school and other challenges. I am inspired by students with a genuine desire to succeed despite family circumstances. I am inspired by all who can "pull themselves up by their bootstraps" and succeed. I am inspired by all the students I have taught and how successful they have become.

Becoming a Teacher

I actually began teaching when I was twelve years old. Imagine that! Being a responsible adolescent, I was asked by my dance teacher to teach a children's dance class at the local YWCA. I really enjoyed it! I then became an assistant to my dance teacher at the studio and enjoyed that experience, too! Throughout both high school and college I was a laboratory assistant in biology, thus nurturing my interest in the biological sciences while still continuing dance. Dance and science, especially life sciences, were always my favorite areas of interest. High school and college experiences, followed by graduate work, nurtured a teaching quality in me. While at a professional crossroad in my life, I decided to accept a teaching position that would enable me to financially continue my education, my life-long love of learning. Coupling my undergraduate anatomy and physiology classes and my graduate physiology courses and research with the opportunity to teach anatomy and physiology solidified my appreciation for the magnificent design of the human body!This serendipitous turn of events sparked my teaching career. I have never looked back. I continued my passion for dance through involvement in local Nutcracker performances and through my support of dance concerts here at CCC. Although I am the educator, I continue to be amazed at how much I am still learning from my students! Students refresh our pedagogy. Students keep us alive! Students inspire us!

Brian S. Misanko

Professor
Director of Nuclear Medicine Technology
B.S., University of Albuquerque
M.S. and Ph.D.,
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Pool Science Center 114
Ext. 3516
bsmisank@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S. in Biology, University of Albuquerque
M.S. in Medical Science/Physiology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Ph.D. in Medical Science/Physiology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Research Interests

"My research interests include pathophysiology using diagnostic imaging (MRI, MRS and PET/CT) to answer the following questions: What are the effects of biochemical changes in the brain on multiple sclerosis? Does Pet/CT change therapy in reproductive oncologies? What are the complications/adverse reactions to using Yttrium-90 microsphere therapy for hepatic malignancies?"

Courses Taught

Anatomy and Physiology
Pathophysiology
Radiation Biology
Biomedical Ethics
Emerging Technologies in Diagnostic Imaging
Nuclear Medicine Seminar and Research

Career Highlights

Brian Misanko, Ph.D., serves as director of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program and co-director of the Honors Program at Cedar Crest College, where he previously served as chair of the biology department and on the board of trustees. His research utilizes diagnostic imaging modalities (MRI, MR Spectroscopy) to study Multiple Sclerosis and intracranial neoplasms. He is presently utilizing (PET/CT) to study the pathophysiological and oncological changes in other body organ systems. He is a member of the allied health professional staff of the Lehigh Valley Health Network in the Department of Radiology-Diagnostic Medical Imaging-Nuclear Medicine as a clinical physiologist. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Multiple Sclerosis Center of the Lehigh Valley.

Memberships

American Physiological Society
International Union of Physiological Sciences
Society of Nuclear Medicine (technologist section)
American Heart Association
The Hastings Center-Medical Ethics
Baranzano Society-Medical Ethics

 

Amy J. Reese

Associate Professor and Health Professions Advisor
B.A., College of Wooster (Ohio)
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Pool Science Center 110
Ext. 3517
ajreese@cedarcrest.edu

Link

www.cedarcrest.edu/reese

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Education

B.A. in Chemistry, College of Wooster (Ohio)
Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Minnesota

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding aspects of fungal biology and medical mycology at the molecular level, using methods largely from the areas of molecular biology, cell biology, and microbiology. Individuals with compromised immune systems, such as those with AIDS or cancer, are often more vulnerable to disease-causing fungi. The fungal species of Cryptococcus and Rhodotorula must be surrounded by a capsule in order to cause disease and the focus of my laboratory is to learn more about the attachment and regulation of this sugar-coating.

Courses Taught

Microbiology
Clinical Microbiology
Microbial Pathogenesis & Human Immunology
Principles of Biology
Laboratory Science Ethics and Society

Career Highlights

After earning her Ph.D., and completing postdoctoral training in the department of molecular microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine, Amy Reese joined the Cedar Crest biology faculty in 2004 and became the Health Professions Advisor in 2005. Her primary research interest is to understand fungal biology and medical mycology at the molecular level. Her lab studies Cryptococcus neoformans, a fungus that is common throughout the environment, but causes problems for patients with suppressed immune systems. She is a co-principal investigator of a grant to conduct research with undergraduates to address genetic codon patterns in Cryptococcus neoformans, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Molecular Microbiology and Eukaryotic Cell. She has received numerous travel awards and has presented research (often with students) at local, regional and international events. She has enjoyed outreach teaching for the Forensic Science Training Institute and the Institute for Learning in Retirement. Finally, Reese has served on a number of faculty committees and is visible to students across campus.

Memberships

American Society for Microbiology
Microbiology Educators Network (regional group)
Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences
National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions

Professional Advice

Science is always changing. My hope is for students to be able to make new connections and discover things they didn't even realize they knew before they take an exam. My goal is to set students up to succeed in my course, but the choice is theirs to do so. I do what I can to make their learning as accessible and as fun as possible along the way.

Why Cedar Crest?

I accepted the position at Cedar Crest College because of its focus on undergraduate education in the liberal arts tradition, a strong biology department with many faculty, and excellent equipment resources. I had long been an advocate for women in science and was delighted to embrace the College's mission to educate women in the liberal arts tradition. When I told friends about my interview, the responses were "that sounds like a perfect fit for you" and it was true. I have stayed at Cedar Crest College because I have made contributions that have been appreciated and I can be involved in the life of a College in which I believe. Most of all, it brings me joy to inspire young women to get excited about science and learning.

Inspiration

I am inspired by classical music and the overlap of science and music. They have been harmonious in my past, with music augmenting my scientific work and experiences. I am influenced by my teachers, peers, and the women scientists who have gone before me and who have contributed to the body of scientific knowledge and to addressing the challenges of "women in science." I am energized by teaching and doing research with students and thrilled when students get excited about something they’ve learned from me or in one of my classes.

On Becoming a Teacher

Ever since my own undergraduate experience at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, I have been interested in a career that combines both research and teaching. I loved working on my college senior independent study research project and the project inspired me to go to graduate school to pursue scientific research. It was my college professors and my love of learning and coursework that sparked my interest in teaching at a liberal arts college. For several years, I searched for a subject about which I could be passionate enough to transmit that in my teaching. When I moved into the field of microbiology after my Ph.D., I realized I had found just such a field. My students recognize this, and while some find it strange that I can get so excited about bacteria and fungi, they appreciate my "infectious" enthusiasm for the subject. I find that even if I feel tired or ill, once I step into the classroom and begin interacting with the students, I easily energize myself to teach. I know that I have truly found the right job for me.

 

Sherry Schoenberger

Sherry Schoenberger

Lab Manager
B.S. in Microbiology, Penn State University
Sacred Heart Hospital School of Medical Technology (certificate)
Oberkotter Center 4/Ext. 3647

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Education

B.S. in Microbiology, Penn State University
Sacred Heart Hospital School of Medical Technology (certificate)

Courses Taught

Microbiology Laboratory (for Nursing Students)

Memberships

American Society of Clinical Pathologists
National Registry of Certified Chemists

 

Andre Walther

Associate Professor
B.A., University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D., University of Iowa College of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brandeis University
Miller Building 25
Ext. 3513
awalther@cedarcrest.edu

Link

www.cedarcrest.edu/walther

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Education

B.A. in Chemistry and Biology, University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Iowa College of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brandeis University

Research Interests

My research uses techniques in Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, Genomics, and Proteomics to understand how a protein called Replication Protein A (RPA) functions in DNA replication, Cell Cycle regulation, DNA damage recognition and repair in the Budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. By developing a better understanding of the function of yeast RPA in these complex processes we will gain insights into the underlying causes of human cancers, and other diseases caused by defects in chromosomal DNA maintenance.

Courses Taught

Cell and Molecular Biology
Advanced Recombinant Techniques
Cell Culture and Microscopy
Advanced PCR Techniques
Junior Colloquium

Career Highlights

After obtaining a Ph.D. in biochemistry, Andre Walther earned a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to do research in molecular genetics at Brandeis University. Since joining Cedar Crest College, he has maintained an active research lab focused on understanding how cells recognize and respond to DNA damage. Numerous students have presented their research at regional and national scientific conferences, and have earned summer internships at prestigious universities throughout the U.S.

Memberships

American Society of Cell Biology
American Society for Microbiology
Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences
Sigma Xi Research Honor Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Professional Advice

My advice to students would be for them to understand that the question can be just as important as the answer. It is important to learn how to ask good questions in order to gain valuable knowledge in life.

Why Cedar Crest?

I teach at Cedar Crest College because it allows me to interact with students in both the classroom and the lab from the very beginning of college. I greatly enjoy doing my research in collaboration with students. This allows students to use the scientific method in a real research lab, beginning as early as their first year of college. Students have made significant scientific discoveries in my lab and have been able to share their results with scientists across the globe at a number of research conferences.

Inspiration

My biggest inspiration is seeing the transformative effect that scientific research can have on a student. I have observed students that had early struggles in coursework, but then developed and matured once they were exposed to the excitement of research.

On Becoming a Teacher

As the son of an elementary school teacher and a college professor, it was probably predestined that I become an educator. I spent much of my early life self assured that I would never follow in the footsteps of my parents, but early required teaching experiences in graduate school led me to see that I really enjoyed teaching, especially in the research laboratory setting.

 

Sue Marin

Administrative Assistant
B.S., West Chester University
Pool Science Center 119
Ext. 3378
samarin@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S., Degree Secondary Education-English, West Chester University