Rosemary Whelan, Ph.D.

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Lecturer, Biology
Biology Program Coordinator

Biology and Environmental Science
College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., University College Dublin, Ireland, Pharmacology

B.S., University College Dublin, Ireland, Pharmacology

About Rosemary

Dr. Whelan is the academic advisor to students pursing a concentration in Biochemistry, and to students majoring in Biotechnology. She also teaches both Biochemistry and Biotechnology and her focus is on bringing real world experience to students in both programs. Rosemary’s teaching focuses on student-center learning, and she uses multiple approaches to optimize the student experience in her classes. Her classes incorporate POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) with lectures, case studies, Tegrity (recording of classes), peer tutoring and clickers. She directly interacts with local pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to maximize experiential learning.

Professional Experience

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN.

Genentech (sabbatical), San Francisco, CA.

Foundation for Medical Research, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.

Glaxo Institute for Biology (sabbatical), Geneva, Switzerland.

Assistant Editor, Nature Medicine, New York, NY.

Professional Development

POGIL Workshop, Quinnipiac University, 2012.

POGIL Facilitator Training Workshop, Myrtle Beach, 2013.

Case Studies in Science Summer Workshop, Buffalo, NY, 2013.

Co-facilitator Northeast Regional POGIL workshop, Stonehill College, MA, 2014.

Selected Publications

Can Aktas, Rosemary Whelan, Howard Stouffer, Edmund Todd and Cindy Kern.  “Developing a university-wide course on sustainability: A critical evaluation of planning and implementation”. Journal of Cleaner Production (submitted December, 2013).

R. Murray-Whelan , J. Reid, I Piuz,  M. Hezerah and W. Schlegel (1995). Ga i2 is Involved in Calcium Activation of Phospholipase A 2 . Effects of the Dominant negative Ga i2 Mutant, [G203T] Ga i2 on activation of Phospholipase A 2 in CHO cells.  European J. Biochem. 230 : 164-169.

R. Murray-Whelan and W. Schlegel (1992). Brain somatostatin receptor-G protein interaction: G? C-terminal antibodies demonstrate coupling of the soluble receptor with Gi(1-3) but not with Go. J. Biol. Chem. 267 : 2960-2965.

R. Murray , E. Shipp and G.A. FitzGerald (1990) Prostaglandin endoperoxide/ thromboxane A2 receptor desensitization: Cross-talk with adenylate cyclase in human platelets. J. Biol. Chem. 265 : 21670-21675.

R. Murray and G.A. FitzGerald (1989). Regulation of thromboxane receptor activation in human platelets. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.86 : 124-128.

R. Murray , L. Furci and G.A. FitzGerald (1989). Induction of prostacyclin receptor in human erythroleukemia cells. FEBS Lett.255 (1): 172-174.

Selected Book Chapters

R. Whelan (2011). Stanley Cohen. In: Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans. 235-236. Salem Press.

G.A. FitzGerald, R. Murray , N. Moran, C.D. Funk, W. Charman, R.J. Clarke, L. Furci and D.J. Fitzgerald (1990). Mechanisms of eicosanoid action. In: Adv. Prost. Thromb. Leuk. Res. Vol 21A, B. Samuelsson, P.W. Ramwell, R. Paoletti, G. Folco and E. Granstrom (eds). Raven Press, 21B pp 577-582.

R. Murray , E. Shipp and G.A. FitzGerald (1989). Thromboxane A2/prostacyclin endoperoxide receptors. In: Platelets and Vascular Occlusion. C. Patrono and G.A. FitzGerald (eds) Raven Press pp 119-130.

Courses Taught
  • BIOL 4461 Biochemistry
  • BIOL 4462 Biochemistry laboratory
  • BIOL 5591 Biotechnology and Advanced Molecular Biology
  • UNIV Sustainability and Ideas of the Future
  • BIOL 3308 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 4493 Evaluation of Scientific Literature
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