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)
Teaching Interests:  Bridging H.S. to early college biology and applied mathematics, introductory One-Health independent research, science communication, scientific writing.
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.  
Personal Interests:  Sea kayaking and camping, astronomy, softball (3rd base!).

 
 
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Andrew Cyr, Ph.D.
Email: acyr1@alaska.edu
Phone: 907.474.5799
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building, UAF
Teaching Interests: I believe in the hands-on mentoring of graduate and undergrad students in the lab environment, trying to relate classroom learning to research techniques and the real-world environment. I encourage collaborative and supportive learning environments, capitalizing on the diverse skill sets of everyone participating in a research project. I love to encourage the idea that research is simply the systematic exploration of our inherent childhood curiosity, meaning I like to encourage students and researchers to simply ask questions and investigate those questions using appropriate procedures, and to embrace the idea of not knowing something.
Research Interests: Environmental toxicology, chemistry, mercury, heavy metals, organic contaminants, fish biology and ecology, aquatic ecology, avian biology and ecology, species migration, regional ecological dynamics, glacial dynamics and hydrology, and One Health.
Techniques: Fish capture, fish and mammal necropsies, clean sample collection, sample digestion for contaminants analysis, Atomic Absorption spectroscopy, total mercury analysis, methylmercury analysis, Accelerated Solvent Extractor 2000, low performance liquid chromatography, stable isotope preparation and analysis, GC/MS, statistics, R, database design and management, science communication.
Personal Interests: Endurance athletic events, skiing (Nordic and back-country), hiking/backpacking, rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, hunting, birding, biking, canoeing and white-water rafting, automotive repair, woodworking.



 
 
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Natalia Podlutskaya, MSc
Email: npodlutskaya@alaska.edu
Phone: 907.474.5799
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building, UAF
Teaching Interests: Mentoring grad and undergrad students in the Lab environment.
Research Interests: Studying genome stability and mechanisms of DNA repair, and Biology of Cancer and Aging.
Techniques: Cell Culture, Cell Cytotoxicity assays, DNA and RNA extraction, and Comet Assay.
Personal Interests: Hiking, traveling, and berry picking.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Kyle Campbell, M.S.
BLaST/SSS STEM Coordinator
Email: kkcampbell@alaska.edu
Phone: 907.474.2446
Office: 184 Arctic Health Research Building, UAF
SSS Biography: https://uaf.edu/sss/sss-staff/