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About Alison Krufka

My research focuses on effective ways to integrate scientific skills, authentic inquiry, and an understanding science into undergraduate curricula. I am working on three projects that incorporate scientific skills and inquiry into the classroom: 1) integration of biology and engineering through development of inquiry based cell culture technology and biomaterials lab modules, 2) study of the effective implementation of the CREATE approach to teaching the process of scientific inquiry through directed analysis of primary literature, and 3) the development/assessment of a scientific skills based transfer student course.

I am investigating the evolution and embryonic development of lateral line system using threespine stickleback. We are seeking to understand how adult variation in the number and size of neuromast sensory organs are generated during embryonic development.

I also am interested in the evolutionary conservation of urea cycle genes in fish and mammals. We hypothesize the urea cycle genes function in fish embryos prior to the formation of ammonia excretion pathways and protect the developing brain from the breakdown of yolk proteins. The conservation of urea cycle genes from fish to mammals allows us to study urea cycle disorders and the toxicity of hyperammonemia on brain development using the zebrafish model.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Rowan University College of Science & Mathematics
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Education

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Postdoctoral, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology
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PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison ‐ Developmental Biology
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BS, William & Mary ‐ Biology
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