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Karen K. Resendes

Associate Professor/Program Coordinator/Co-Director Drinko Center

Biology Faculty

Program Coordinator/Chair for:

  • Molecular Biology

(724) 946-7211

Campus Location:
   Hoyt Science Resources Center
Mailbox: 128

About Me

I joined the Westminster Department of Biology in the fall of 2009. I teache Cell and Molecular Biology,Cancer Biology as well as a number of introductory courses for the major and the Westminster liberal arts curriculum.

I have Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry from Brown University and performed post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego while also teaching at San Diego State University.

My biological research interests focus on the process of nuclear export, using human tissue culture cells to study how proteins and mRNA exit the nucleus via the nuclear pore.  I also have a strong interest in educational research, and my studies involve comparing both majors and non-majors introductory biology courses at small liberal arts schools with those taught much larger state schools, and looking at how technology can benefit traditional teaching methods.

I am co-chair of  ResPAC, which serves the needs of biology students who have an interest in a career in scientific research.

I am also a councilor in the Biology division of CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research) whose mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.