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About Mary Montgomery

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.
B.A., Immaculata College
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Post-Doc, Carneigie Institution of Washington
Montgomery has been teaching at Macalester since 1998.


Present Associate Professor, Biology, Macalester College


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  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biotechnology and Society
  • Research in Molecular Biology

Contact Information

Macalester College
Olin/Rice 210
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6425

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