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research overview

  • Our goal is to understand how cells, tissues and organisms survive exposure to high energy radiation such as X-rays. We are identifying and studying genes and chemical molecules that modulate the effects of radiation. Chemicals that modulate the effect of radiation have the potential to improve radiation therapy of cancer. We use Drosophila melanogaster_ fruit fly _ in our studies because it is a good model for human biology.


  • radiation biology of Drosophila and human cancer cells


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courses taught

  • MCDB 3145 - Molecular Cell Biology II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines intracellular mechanisms, including transport of ions and small molecules across membranes; protein targeting to organelles; membrane trafficking between organelles; signal transduction; the cytoskeleton; and the cell cycle. Analysis of these activities is from the experimental perspective established in MCDB 3135. Recommended prerequisite: MCDB 3135 (minimum grade C-), and recommended prerequisite or corequisite of MCDB 3140 concurrent with either this class or MCDB 3135.
  • MCDB 3700 - Poisons in Cell Biology and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Investigate the inner workings of our cells by studying how poisons disrupt these processes. We will learn how selected poisons affect critical processes inside the cell to cause death or destruction. The scientific aspects of the poison will be discussed in the context of its historical significance or impact on society and popular culture. Department enforced prerequisites: MCDB 1150 or EBIO 1210 and MCDB 2150.
  • MCDB 4980 - Honors Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provides faculty-supervised research for students who have been approved by the departmental honors committee. Normally taken during the semester before completion of the honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: MCDB 4840 or comparable research experience, and minimum GPA of 3.20.
  • MCDB 4990 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Involves the preparation and defense of an honors thesis, based on faculty-supervised original research, including final phases of the research project. Recommended prerequisites: MCDB 4840 or MCDB 4980 or comparable research experience, and minimum GPA of 3.3 and approval by the MCDB Honors Committee.
  • MCDB 5210 - Cell Structure and Function (Lecture and Discussion)
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
  • MCDB 5220 - Graduate Core 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
  • MCDB 5230 - Graduate Core 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
  • MCDB 6000 - Introduction to Laboratory Methods
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Introduces methodology and techniques used in biological research. Designed as a tutorial between a few students and one faculty member. Students are expected to read original research papers, discuss findings, and to plan and execute experiments in selected areas. Open only to MCDB graduate students. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • MCDB 6440 - Special Topics in MCD Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Acquaints students with various topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Offered intermittently or upon student demand, and often presented by visiting professors. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.
  • MCDB 7910 - Seminar Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Designed for graduate students to give oral presentations on their thesis research, field questions, respond to critiques, and present background information. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.


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