|Present||Assistant Professor of Biology, Providence College|
|Present||Associate Professor of Biology, Providence College|
|Present||Instructor of Theology, Providence College|
Honors and Awards
- Calihan Religion and Liberty Academic Fellowship awarded by the Acton Institute, 2004-2005
- Bishop Thomas V. Daily Vocations Scholarship from the Knights of Columbus, 2003-2004
- Summer Ministry Scholarship of the Blessed Margaret Costello Guild; Columbus, OH, 2003-2004
- General Biology I
- Human Biology
- Genes and Gender
- Modern Genetics
- Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas
- Contemporary Moral Problems
Biomedicine and Beatitude: an Introduction to Catholic Bioethics (2011)
How are the patient, the physician, the nurse, and the scientist called to grow in holiness in their particular vocations? This introductory text, written from within the Catholic moral tradition, narrates a bioethics that emphasizes ...
Contributions to Books (1)
Peer-Reviewed Essays, Books Chapters, and Scientific Papers (42)
Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity elife (2015)
diverse. Limited genomic information shows that phage genomes are mosaic, and the genetic architecture of phage populations remains ill-defined. To understand the population structure of phages infecting a single host strain, we isolated, sequenced, and ...
Deplantation of the Placenta in Maternal-Fetal Vital Conflicts National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (2015)
In this essay, some of the signatories to "Medical Intervention in Cases of Maternal-Fetal Vital Conflicts: A Statement of Consensus" respond to "The Placenta as an Organ of the Fetus: A Response to the Statement ...
Deletion of AIF1 but not of YCA1/MCA1 protects Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans cells from caspofungin-induced programmed cell death Microbial Cell (2014)
Caspofungin was the first member of a new class of antifungals called echinocandins to be approved by a drug regulatory authority. Like the other echinocandins, caspofungin blocks the synthesis of β(1,3)-D-glucan of the fungal cell ...
Aging and cell death in the other yeasts, Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Candida albicans FEMS Yeast Research (2014)
How do cells age and die? For the past 20 years, the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has been used as a model organism to uncover the genes that regulate lifespan and cell death. More recently, ...
Catholic Bioethics after Beatitude and Biomedicine: A Response to My Colleagues Nova et Vetera (English Edition) (2014)
The article presents the author's views on Catholic bioethics, highlighting the comments that he received from his colleagues on his book "Biomedicine and Beatittude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics." He examines three areas of engagement ...
Medical Intervention in Cases of Maternal-Fetal Vital Conflicts National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (2014)
This statement articulates a consensus of participants in a colloquium organized and sponsored by Ascension Health. The purpose was to consider what, if any, clinical interventions would be consistent with the Catholic moral tradition in ...
Preaching Catholic Bioethics with Joy and Mercy National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (2014)
In our postmodern, secular, and liberal society, many individuals are struggling with a crisis of meaningful desire. In response, the goal of preaching Catholic bioethics should be to help people to order their desires so ...
The Specification of Sex/Gender in the Human Species: A Thomistic Analysis New Blackfriars (2013)
To develop a philosophical framework to address the specification of sex/gender in humans, I will begin by summarizing what we know about the biology of sex determination in human beings. Basically, sex/gender is specified by ...
S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine protects the probiotic yest, Saccharomyces boulardii, from acid-induced cell death BMC (2013)
Background Saccharomyces boulardii is a probiotic yeast routinely used to prevent and to treat gastrointestinal disorders, including the antibiotic-associated diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile infections. However, only 1-3% of the yeast administered orally is recovered ...
Endoplasmic reticulum involvement in yeast cell death Frontiers in Oncology (2012)
Yeast cells undergo programed cell death (PCD) with characteristic markers associated with apoptosis in mammalian cells including chromatin breakage, nuclear fragmentation, reactive oxygen species generation, and metacaspase activation. Though significant research has focused on mitochondrial ...
On Ovarian Tissue Transplantation and the Metaphysics of the Embodied Self: A Response to Lauritzen and Vicini Theological Studies (2012)
To resolve questions regarding ovarian tissue transplantation, the author proposes a metaphysical theory positing that the common ensoulment shared by all the cells in a woman's body is manifested primarily in her immune system's ability ...
Yeast Bax Inhibitor, Bxi1p, Is an ER-Localized Protein that Links the Unfolded Protein Response and Programmed Cell Death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae PLoS One (2011)
Bax inhibitor-1 (BI-1) is an anti-apoptotic gene whose expression is upregulated in a wide range of human cancers. Studies in both mammalian and plant cells suggest that the BI-1 protein resides in the endoplasmic reticulum ...
Abortion in a Case of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (2011)
There are two competing accounts for a theory for human action proposed by Catholic theologians working within the received moral tradition today: a hylomorphic account and an intentional account. In this article, the author compares ...
Using Morally Controversial Human Cell Lines after Dignitas Personae National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (2010)
Human cell lines are well-characterized laboratory cultures of human cells derived from a single source. In recent years, much moral controversy has surrounded human cell lines and biological materials obtained from aborted fetuses and destructive ...
The Saccharomyces SUN gene, UTH1, is involved in cell wall biogenesis FEMS Yeast Research (2010)
Deletion of the Saccharomyces gene, UTH1, a founding member of the SUN family of fungal genes, has pleiotropic effects. Several phenotypes of Δuth1 cells including their decreased levels of mitochondrial proteins, their impaired autophagic degradation ...