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New BioFaculty: Fall 2015 Print
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 10:49
We welcome Dr. Teresa Donze-Reiner as a new assistant professor in the Department of Biology. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) in 2004, her Master’s degree in Biology in 2006 from the University of Nebraska - Kearney, and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from UNL in 2011.
Dr. Donze-Reiner’s research interests include understanding how plants defend themselves against insect pests and pathogens, including viruses. She has worked on many model plant systems such as Arabidopsis, soybeans, switchgrass, and sorghum to identify key genes that are necessary for resistance against biotic stresses. As a postdoctoral researcher at the UNL, she studied the defense response of susceptible and resistant switchgrass genotypes against greenbug aphids infestations. She also worked on understanding gender development in buffalograss, a common turf grass.
She will continue this research at West Chester University using both switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and buffalograss (Bouteloua dactyloides) as model systems.  She is excited about teaching Genetics and other biology classes at West Chester University and working with students to develop independent research projects.  In addition to her interests in research and teaching, she enjoys doing educational outreach activities with the surrounding community and K-12 education.

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