Montgomery is a broadly trained animal developmental biologist. She teaches introductory courses in Cell Biology and Genetics and more advanced courses such as Developmental Biology and Research in Molecular Genetics. She has made a concerted effort to include more evolutionary theory into the introductory level courses and has taught an upper level seminar on Molecular Evolution. Through courses such as Biotechnology and Society, she and her students have explored a range of bioethical issues such as gene therapy, embryonic stem cell research and genetically modified crops. Her research has contributed to an understanding of how the introduction of double-stranded RNA into cells can silence expression of specific genes. More recently she has become interested in the field of evolutionary developmental biology and in understanding the molecular basis of how cells of the early embryo acquire their fates. Students continue to be involved in her research, from designing experiments to communicating the results through publications and presentations at regional and national meetings. EDUCATION: B.A., Immaculata College Ph.D., University of Southern California Post-Doc, Carneigie Institution of Washington Montgomery has been teaching at Macalester since 1998.
Collaborative research with undergraduate students: An assembly line model, Developmental Biology (2002)
Potential for cross-interference with RNAi (with J Norman and E Bishop), Developmental Biology (2001)
Tools for nematode EvoDevo studies (with G Padilla and S Goetz), Developmental Biology (2001)
Breaking out of the model paradigm: Using the comparative approach in undergraduate investigative labs, Developmental Biology (2000)
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