BLaST RAMPs

Meet the BLaST RAMPs

(Research Advising & Mentoring Professionals)

 
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Lori Gildehaus, M.S. - Lead RAMP
Email: lagildehaus@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-474-5788
Office: 184A Arctic Health Research Building, UAF (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Teaching Interests:Teacher's assistant for Comparative Anatomy and Human Anatomy and Physiology; tutor (individual and group) for chemistry, calculus and biology. Research Interests: Investigating wildlife diseases and impacts on human populations, emerging infectious diseases. Techniques: PCR, RT-PCR, RNA and DNA extraction, ELISA.

 
 
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Ellen Chenoweth, B.A., Ph.D. (Fisheries)
Email: emchenoweth@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-747-7791
Office: Sitka 112, UAS (University of Alaska Southeast)

Click here for RASOR: https://rasor.alaska.edu/

I grew up in Michigan but have lived in Alaska for the last 13 years. I completed my Ph.D. in Fisheries from UAF studying humpback whales that feed on juvenile salmon at hatchery release sites. I have participated in necropsies of humpback whales, a grey whale, a killer whale, a harbor porpoise, sea lions, and seals.  I helped to develop the virtual whale necropsy.  I love studying marine mammals and teaching about them because of our common ancestry and their fascinating adaptations to life in an alien ocean environment.  I've lived and worked in Sitka, Juneau, and Glacier Bay.  I love kayaking, softball, and traveling around the different environments and communities of Alaska.
Research Interests:  Marine mammal fishery interactions; diet, optimal foraging, prey selection and energetics; salmon aquaculture economics.
Techniques: Process modeling, stochastic modeling (regression), R, stable isotopes, bio-logging tags.

 
 
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Christine Smith, Ph.D.
Email: smith_christine@fortlewis.edu
Phone: 970-852-5190
Office: 1000 Rim Drive, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO 81301
I was born in Utah and moved to Indiana when I was 14 years old. I was a Chemistry major at Indiana University and did my PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. I have taught general chemistry, introductory biology and biochemistry for almost 20 year now! I believe my education in the biomedical sciences helps me make a difference in the world. I am particularly passionate about nutrition and science communication. In my current role as a BLaST RAMP, I work on increasing student awareness and involvement in research all across the Fort Lewis College campus. I teach an Introduction to Human Disease course, and Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Labs course. I am also an Academic Success Coach, which gives me many opportunities to work with students one-on-one. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in beautiful Durango and have the chance to work at "the Fort" where awesome things happen every day. 
 
 
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Kaitlyn Haskie, M.S.
Email: khaskie@dinecollege.edu
Phone:
Office: 1 Circle Drive, Dine College, Tsaile, AZ 86556
Click here for URBrain Dine program https://www.dinecollege.edu/academics/urbrain/ 
This is Kaitlyn Haskie! She is a Diné woman from the Navajo tribe. Kaitlyn grew up in Lukachukai, AZ where she was immersed in her culture. In the Navajo tribe, it is not uncommon for those pursuing higher education to hear the affirmation, “come back and serve your people.” Those words resonated with Kaitlyn, creating a sense of duty to her people and her culture.
 
 
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Hannah Robinson, MPH
Email: hrobinson3@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-474-5799
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building, UAF

 
 
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Emily Sousa, M.S.
Email: eesousa@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-474-5799
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building, UAF
Teaching Interests: Enjoy teaching, mentoring, and working with students, particularly when the classroom is outdoors.
Research Interests: Environmental responses to climate change, relationships between geomorphic factors and vegetation growth, and landscape ecology.
Personal Interests: Botany technician, forester, environmental educator, dog musher, and naturalist.

 
 
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Theresa Vertigan, M.S.
Email: tvertigan@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-474-5799
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building, UAF
Teaching Interests: Teaching assistant for introductory chemistry, tutor for introductory and organic chemistry.
Research Interests: Effects of disease or toxicants on molecular and cellular processes, in vitro model systems, analytical assay development.
Techniques: Cell culture, immunoassays (ELISA, western blot), protein assays, affinity chromatography, proteomics, HPLC, mass spectrometry.
Personal Interests: Traveling, hiking, skiing, and photography.