|Institution||School of Medicine and Dentistry|
|Address||University of Rochester Medical Center|
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box EHSC
Rochester NY 14642
|Institution||University of Rochester Medical Center|
|Department||Center for Community Health|
||Sigma XI Scientific Research Honor Society|
||Retroviral Packaging Cell Lines | United States Patent 5,278,056|
||Children's Environmental Health Recognition Award | US EPA, Office of Children's Health Protection|
||UR Medical Center License Agreement #AGR-0253 | with Neo/SCI for worldwide distribution of four|
||Provisional Patent application 61057002 | UR Office of Technology Transfer|
Community Outreach and Education
As Director of Community Outreach & Education Programs of the Department of Environmental Medicine and the Environmental Health Sciences Center, as well as Director of the University of Rochester's Center for Science Education and Outreach,I am responsible for developing and coordinating a wide variety of programs for students (elementary through high school), teachers, and the general community. These include hands-on science programs for local schools, summer science camps, and science teacher workshops, run through our Life Sciences Learning Center. Our community outreach programs coordinated through the Environmental Health Sciences Center include childhood lead poisoning prevention initiatives, a community advisory board, newsletters and community forums.
My science education experiences have included adjunct faculty positions at several colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. My pre-college science outreach experience included the development of molecular genetics programs through the University of Pennsylvania's successful Penn Summer Science Academy. I have been at the University of Rochester since 1995, first developing science education programs in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (1995-1998) and, since 1998, in Environmental Medicine.
My research experience includes graduate and postdoctoral work on retroviral gene transfer and gene therapy. While a graduate student at Columbia University, I developed two novel retroviral packaging cell lines that have subsequently been used by hundreds of laboratories worldwide. These two cell lines, GP+E86 and GP+EnvAm12, are currently being licensed through Genetix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. I also completed two postdoctoral fellowships--at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
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