My lab is studying lipophagy, the selective autophagy of lipid droplets (LDs), which regulates lipid metabolism in most eukaryotic cells. Lipophagy is accomplished by delivery of the intracellular LDs from the cytosol to the lysosomes (animals) or vacuoles (yeast). As in other autophagic pathways, the core autophagic machinery is essential for lipophagy. However, how it… more »
I am a trained virologist and immunologist with expertise in the studies of RNA virus/host interactions. My laboratory uses novel interdisciplinary approaches to explore the interface between the virus and host to define molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis, host immunity, and cellular homeostasis, which can be utilized to mitigate disease. My current research… more »
I am a discipline-based education researcher with a strong interest in understanding how students: learn biology content, design experiments, and communicate their findings in graphical formats. My primary role at GSU is to assess, revise, and improve biology courses and laboratory curricula so they align with national recommendations and current best practices. I… more »
I have been a Neuroscientist since my PhD studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Molecular and Integrative Physiology Department (graduated in 2001).During my PhD work I have studied the circadian “clock in the dish” using brain slices containing the suprachiasmatic nucleus form the brains of rats and mice in the laboratory of Dr.… more »
Gaucher was guided in biochemistry by Peter Tipton and Bayesian Theory by George Smith. Gaucher subsequently earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida under the tutelage of Steve Benner and Michael Miyamoto. Gaucher received the Walter M. Fitch Award from the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution for his graduate work. He then did… more »
I teach introductory biology courses for non-majors (1104) and majors (2108) because I have a passion for introducing the world of biology to new learners. Discovery is the most exciting aspect of science, and these courses replicate that thrill as students learn about how life evolved, functions, and impacts our world.
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After finishing the MD/PhD program, Tracy worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations focused on education and cultural adjustment. Tracy originally came to Georgia to volunteer at Jubilee Partners and then stayed in the Atlanta area.