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About Andrea Kalis, PhD

I am interested in how genes regulate the development of specific cell fates in the model system C. elegans. My current research focuses on how Hox genes and their TALE co-factors regulate neuronal identity of male-specific ventral cord neurons. With this research project, I collaborate with undergraduate student researchers and include aspects of the project in upper-level Biology courses that I teach.


Present Assistant Professor, Biology, St. Catherine University Biology Department
January 2015 - June 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Carleton College ‐ Biology Department
January 2011 - January 2014 NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Carleton College ‐ Biology Department



2018 - Present MRI: Acquisition of a fluorescence microscope to grow research and training at St. Catherine University
NSF - 1827514
Major Research Instrumentation
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Paula Furey, Tami McDonald, and Kay Tweeten
2021 SIP Career Readiness Coursework Grant
US Department of Education
Role: Coursework Grant awarded internally through St. Catherine University
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present SHAS SCC Committee Member, St. Catherine University
2017 - Present Departmental Assessment Co-Lead, St. Catherine University
2004 - Present Member, Genetics Society of America
2018 - 2020 Career Development Task Group, St. Catherine University
2019 Poster Judge: International C. elegans Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (June 2019), St. Catherine University
2019 TLN Workshop Co-leader: Fostering a Culture of Scholarship at St. Kate’s, St. Catherine University
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2003 - 2010 PhD, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Genetics
1999 - 2003 B.S., Eckerd College ‐ Marine Biology

Research Works (5)

Peer-reviewed Scientific Presentations (2)

Other Scientific Presentations (2)