Team

A young professor at NC State, she is smiling.Dr. Melissa Ramirez

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Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Ramirez obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech. Her postdoctoral research focused on antibiotic resistance in tuberculosis, first at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and later at the Mycobacteria Research Laboratories at Colorado State University. Dr. Ramirez joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at NC State as a Teaching Assistant Professor in 2014. Her primary teaching focuses are Microbiology (MB 351 General Microbiology, MB 411 Medical Microbiology), Immunology (MB 441), and Tuberculosis First Year Seminar (LSC 170). Dr. Ramirez is the Coordinator of the Microbiology Online Undergraduate Certificate. Her other areas of focus include the scholarship of teaching and learning in microbiology, and defining best practices to enhance inclusion in life sciences education. Dr. Ramirez loves science and is passionate about showing others just how awesome microbiology can be.

 

A young professor at NC State, she is wearing a blue shirt and smiling.

Dr. Claire Gordy

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Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Gordy joined the faculty at NC State in 2016 after a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ph.D. training at Duke University, and visiting professorships and instructorships at UNC-Pembroke, Meredith College, and Durham Technical Community College. Dr. Gordy teaches within the NCSU undergraduate genetics program (GN 312, Elementary Genetics Laboratory and GN 421/521, Molecular Genetics), biotechnology teaching program (BIT 495/595, Yeast Metabolic Engineering), and online graduate certificate in biology for teachers (BIO 592, Model Organisms in Cellular and Molecular Biology). Her wet lab research interests focus on using S. cerevisiae as a model organism to understand how eukaryotes adapt to stress on both cellular and population levels. As a scientist with disabilities, she is passionate about inclusive science teaching, and her educational research interests center on improving teaching methods and identifying ways to improve the recruitment and  retention of students with disabilities and students from other marginalized communities in STEM.

 

Purple and blue 3D printed viruses, including bacteriophages, are sitting in front of a yellow 3D-printed DNA double helix.

Felix Harris

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences

 

 

 

 

Abdul-Khaliq Abdul-Matin

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences

 

 

 

 

Photo of a young man smilingQuincy McDuffie

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Quincy McDuffie is a senior from Chapel Hill, NC, majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Psychology. After receiving an A.S. from Durham Technical Community College in 2017, he transferred to North Carolina State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. During Quincy’s academic career, he has taken many science-related courses and has found a great liking to Microbiology and Immunology. As Quincy completes his undergraduate studies in Fall 2019, he looks to further his knowledge in those studies through his coursework, research, and volunteering experiences.

Past Team Members

Purple and blue 3D printed viruses, including bacteriophages, are sitting in front of a yellow 3D-printed DNA double helix.

Drew Phillips

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences

 

 

 

 

Purple and blue 3D printed viruses, including bacteriophages, are sitting in front of a yellow 3D-printed DNA double helix.

Tessa Lacara

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences

 

 

 

 

Purple and blue 3D printed viruses, including bacteriophages, are sitting in front of a yellow 3D-printed DNA double helix.Hannah Clark

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences