Curriculum vitae


Education &
Experience
2014–present Associate Head, NC State University, Department of Biological Sciences
2014-present Professor, NC State University, Department of Biological Sciences
2013-2014 Interim Associate Head, NC State University, Department of Biological Sciences
2013-2014 Associate Professor, NC State University, Department of Biological Sciences
2013-present Director of Undergraduate Microbiology Programs (Microbiology Undergraduate Coordinator), NC State University, Department of Biological Siences
2013-present Associate member, NC State University, Department of Biochemistry
2007–2013
Undergraduate Coordinator / Director of Undergraduate programs, NC State University, Department of Microbiology
1999-2013
Associate Professor, NC State University, Department of Microbiology
1998-2013
Associate member, NC State University, Department of Biochemistry
1994-1999
Assistant Professor, NC State University, Department of Microbiology
1988-1993
Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University, Department of Biology, with Prof. Norman Pace
1983-1988
Ph.D. student, The Ohio State University MCD Biology Program, with Prof. John Reeve. Thesis : RNA polymerase binding sites and polyadenylated RNAs in archaebacteria.
1980-1983
M.S. student, Miami University, Department of Microbiology, with Prof. Ronald Treick. Thesis : The synthesis and cloning of complementary DNA from total soybean poly(A)-containing RNA.
1976-1980
B.S. student, Ball State University, Department of Biology, with Prof. Carl Warnes (Major : Biology; Minors: Chemistry and Anthropology). Research : Morphology of Beggiatoa in Pluto Spring, French Lick, Indiana

Professional Memberships The RNA Society
The RNA Society of North Carolina (Symposium committee, Steering committee)
American Society for Microbiology (ASM; Division R - Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology)
North Carolina Branch of the American Society for Microbology (Secretary)
North Carolina Academy of Science
Association of Southeastern Biologists

Consulting
1998-2004
Ibis Therapeutics / Isis Pharmaceuticals, Carlsbad, CA RNase P, molecular phylogenetic, comparative analysis of RNA structure
2003
PBS station KCTS, Seattle, WA Scientific advisor for Space Millenium, part 1
1996-1997
Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA RNase P in Staphylococcus aureus

Funding 2012-2013 $42,170.00 DELTA Large Course Redesign (LCR) Pilot Grant to redesign General Microbiology (MB351). (Co-P.I. with Mark Keen, et al)

2010

$30,500

College of Ag and Life Sciences One-time Educational Technology Fund Project Award

2010

$8,000

NCSU Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) Innovations in Distributed Education Applications (IDEA) Award
2007
$1,250
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in RNA Biology & Biophysics in CALS at NCSU (Valerie Yager)
2001-2007
$4,500
NCSU Undergraduate Research Grants
2006
$4,000
NCSU Faculty Research and Professional Development Award; Ribonuclease P protein function in Archaea.
2005-2010
$500,000
NSF, Co-PI with Prof. Neocles Leontis, et al. Consortium Grant. RNC: RNA Ontogeny Consortium
2005-2010
$1,200,013
NIH-NIGMS, Co-PI with Prof. Robert Kelly, et al. Training grant. Molecular Biotechnology Training Progam at NC State University
2000
$15,000
Ibis Therapeutics, Unrestricted gift
2000
$88,000
Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, LLP. Research Agreement. Thermus Experiments
2000-2005
$851,868
NIH-NIGMS, Co-PI with Prof. Robert Kelly, et al. T32-GM08776 Training Grant. Biotechnology Training Progam at NC State University
1999
$5,000
NSF, Co-PI with Prof. Eric Miller. MCB-9900513 Symposium grant. Symposium on RNA Biology III
1998
$30,000
Isis Pharmaceuticals, Research Agreement. Computational Analysis of RNA
1997
$10,000
Isis Pharmaceuticals, Unrestricted gift
1997
$1530
NCSU Project 25 Education Grant. MB 409-002; Microbial Diversity On-line
1995-2001
$509,403
NIH-NIGMSR29-GM52894. Structure and function of ribonuclease P in Archaea
1995
$21,000
NCSU Animal Waste Utilization Program, Research grant. Molecular phylogenetic survey of methane-producing Archaea in animal-waste sludge
1995
$5000
NCSU Faculty Research and Professional Development Award. Structure of an archaeal RNA enzyme: Ribonuclease P
1995
$3000
NCSU Instructional Computing Grant
1994
$7000
NCSU Undergraduate Studies Initiative Award
1994
$60,000
NC Ag Foundation, Graduate Research Support. Gene expression in methanogens
1994
$94,500
NCSU Startup Funding
1992
$20,000
Walther Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship. RNase P RNA Structure in Thermophilic Bacteria
1989
$20,000
Indiana University MCB Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship. Phylogenetic Analysis of RNase P RNA
1987
$12,000
The Ohio State University Presidential Graduate Fellowship. RNA polymerase binding sites and polyadenylated RNAs in archaebacteria.
1985
$10,000
NATO, with Prof. John Reeve (PI) Grant for International Collaboration in Research. Gene Expression in Archaebacteria

Other Professional Activities The RNase P Database: Created, administer and maintain this database over it's 15 year history. Now contains 124 Mbytes of data in over 3000 files. The RNase P Database was the first to incorporate the RNA Society "Madison Format", RNAML, an XML designed for use with RNA data.
NC State University RNA Biology Group (Program Committee; Steering Committee), an group of faculty that work on questions related to RNA structure and function.
Biotechnology Graduate Training Program (Co-PI and Trainer)
NC State Genomic Sciences Graduate Program
NC State Animal Waste Management Program (defunct)
NC State Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Program (defunct)
NIH Biochemistry Study Section (June 2004)
NIH/NIEHS Bioremediation Study Section (July 2003)
The RNA Ontology Consortium, funded by the NSF, is designed to foster the development of a specified language for the description of RNA structure.
RNA Society "Madison" RNA Data Format Group, an informal group of RNA Society members that recognized the need for a standard data syntax for expressing RNA structure. Over the course of several years, it was decided to code this syntax in XML form; this was the origin of RNAML.
NASA Evolutionary Biology program workshop (May, 1998).
NSF LExEn (Life in Extreme Environments) program workshop (May 1998).
NSF RNA Informatics workshop (December 1998).
RNase P/MRP workshop, Organizer at RNA'98 and RNA'97, session chair at RNA 2000
NC American Society for Microbiology Branch Meeting 2005 Organizer, 2006-2009 Co-organizer
NC American Society for Microbiology web site administrator
RNA Biology Symposium III: RNA, Tool & Target (October 2001) Chair of the Organization Committee
NIH/NIEHS Special Emphasis Panel (July 2003) RFA ES 03-005 "Molecular Structure/Function of Organisms Degrading Contaminants"
Ad hoc reviewer: RNA, EMBO Journal, Nucleic Acids Research, Molecular Microbiology, Journal of Molecular Biology, Journal of Bacteriology, Biotechniques, Wiley & Sons Publishers, Sinauer Press.
Ad hoc external proposal reviewer: National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Army Research Office.
NCSU Committees: Study Abroad Trasnfer Credit working group, UAAC Committee, CALS Undergraduate Courses and Curriculum committee, CALS Scholarship Committee, CALS Honors Advisory Committee, CALS Life Sciences First Year Program Taskforce, CALS Academic Computing Advisory Committee, and previously the CALS Compact Planning, Occupational Health and Safety Committee, BRITE University Advisor, CALS Research Committee, Life Sciences Task Force and Radiation Safety (ex-Chair).
NCSU Graduate School (Full Member) Currently head a graduate student committee, serve as a member on many others in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Science, and Chemical Engineering.
Department of Biological Sciences committees : Undergraduate Courses & Curriculum committee, Graduate Courses & Curriculum committee, Honors committee
Department of Microbiology committees: Planning/Advisory, Computer/LAN, Undergraduate Courses & Curriculum, Seminar, Tenure/Promotion, and Web Design committees.
Department of Microbiology web site: Developed and created the original web site
Undergraduate Advisor: Advise ca. 50 Microbiology majors