Rosemary Whelan, Ph.D.

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Biology Program Coordinator

Biology and Environmental Science Department
College of Arts & Sciences

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

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

About Rosemary

My area of specialization is in pharmacology and biochemistry and my primary research interest is in cellular signaling, especially in the area of G protein coupled receptors. In recent years my focus has been on pedagogical research and promotion of student success. I have worked with both college faculty and grade school level teachers on professional development projects to promote active learning. I use a variety of student-centered approaches in my classes, including POGIL, case studies, clickers and debate. I work with students on high-impact practices, and have developed and led several study abroad programs. I also work closely with the local biotechnology and academic communities to provide student internship opportunities. My focus on pedagogy has been recognized with the University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016 and the Bucknall Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017.

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.

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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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