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Dina G. Markowitz, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-3171

Fax: (585) 256-2591

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As Director of the University of Rochester's Life Sciences Learning Center (LSLC), I am responsible for developing and coordinating a wide variety of science education and outreach programs for students (elementary through high school), teachers, and the general community. LSLC programs emphasize hands-on and minds-on learning to boost science literacy and increase enthusiasm towards learning science. These programs include field trips to our LSLC teaching lab, in-school programs, science camps and clubs, community programs, and science teacher workshops.

I have led numerous science education projects that have involved curriculum development and teacher professional development on a wide variety of topics such environmental health, genetic testing, stem cells, neuroscience, nanoparticles, kidney disease, drug abuse and addiction, cancer, and health literacy. These projects have brought engaging, hands-on and minds-on curriculum materials to teachers and their students throughout the US.

This includes teaching opportunities at the LSLC and various courses and workshops that I have taught on science education and science communication.



BA | Brandeis University

M.A. | Columbia University
Genetics and Development

M. Phil. | Columbia University
Genetics and Development

PhD | Columbia University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

1995 - 1998
University of Rochester, Post-doctoral teaching fellowship, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

1990 - 1991
SmithKline Beecham Corporation, Post-doctoral fellowship. Mentor: Mitchell Gross, Ph.D.

1989 - 1990
Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Post-doctoral fellowship. Mentor: John Wolfe, V.M.D., Ph.D.

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Provisional Patent application 61057002
Sponsor: UR Office of Technology Transfer
Location: for "Science Take-Out Kits"

UR Medical Center License Agreement #AGR-0253
Sponsor: with Neo/SCI for worldwide distribution of four
Location: Life Sciences Learning Center curriculum modules

Children's Environmental Health Recognition Award
Sponsor: US EPA, Office of Children's Health Protection
Location: for the "My Environment, My Health, My Choices" program

Retroviral Packaging Cell Lines
Sponsor: United States Patent 5,278,056
Location: with Drs. Arthur Bank and Stephen Goff

Sigma XI Scientific Research Honor Society
Location: Columbia University Kappa Chapter

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Title: Bioterrorism in Western New York
U.S. Serial #: TX 6-439-168
Filed: Aug 04, 2006
Invented By: Shaw-Ree Chen, Dina Markowitz

Title: LSLC Breakout
U.S. Serial #: TX 6-424-852
Filed: Aug 04, 2006
Invented By: Shaw-Ree Chen, Kimberly LaCelle, Dina Markowitz

Title: Science fair Experiment: How to get started
U.S. Serial #: TX 6-439-554
Filed: Aug 04, 2006
Invented By: Amanda Genaux, Dina Markowitz, Christina Sutton

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Journal Articles

Markowitz, D.; Holt, S. "Simulating Science: Manipulative models and small scale simulations that promote learning of complex biological concepts." The Science Teacher. 2011; : 44-48.

Martina, C.; Hursh, D.; Markowitz, D. "Contradictions in educational policy: Implementing integrated problem-based curriculum in a high stakes environment." Environmental Education Research. 2009; 15(3): 279-281.

Markowitz, D.; DuPre, M.; Holt, S.; Chen, S.; Wischnowski, M. "BEGIN Partnership: Using Problem-Based Learning to Teach Genetics and Bioethics." American Biology Teacher. 2008; 70(7): 421-425.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Retroviral gene transfer in mice: The use of a unique packaging line improves efficiency
Book Title: Molecular Biology of Erythropoiesis
Author List: Hesdorffer, C.S.; Markowitz, D.; Ward, M.; Lerner, N.B.; Bank, A
Edited By: Zanjani, E.D.; MacIntosh, A.; Levine, A.; Ascensao, J.L.; Tavassoli, M
Published By: Plenum Press 1990 in New York

Chapter Title: Retroviral gene transfer using safe and efficient packaging cell lines
Book Title: Sixth Cooley's Anemia Symposium
Author List: Markowitz, D.; Hesdorffer, C.; Ward, M.; Goff, S.; Bank, A
Edited By: Bank, A
Published By: Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1990 in New York

Chapter Title: Somatic gene therapy
Book Title: Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
Author List: Hesdorffer, C.; Markowitz, D.; Ward, M.; Bank, A
Edited By: Nagel, R
Published By: WB Saunders Company 1990 in New York