Associate Professor of Biology
Chair, Division of Natural and Physical Sciences
Dr. Melanie Van Stry earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Boston College and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Van Stry completed her postdoctoral training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she studied the genetics of asthma and immunological responses to influenza.
Dr. Van Stry is the author of several publications in the journals Developmental Biology, PNAS, Nature Immunology and Journal of Virology. Dr. Van Stry began her work at Lane College in 2011 and is currently an Associate Professor of Biology and the Chair of the Science Division. She has trained numerous students in the fields of microbiology and biochemistry. Her students have presented their research studying antibiotic resistance and genomics at both regional and national meetings.
Dr. Van Stry has recently received awards from the National Science Foundation HBCU-UP and the S-STEM programs to study the factors that impact minority student persistence in STEM. She continues her work to improve minority access to science through her involvement in professional societies and collaborative partnerships. She is currently an American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education Fellow, an American Society for Cell Biology Minority Affairs Committee Linkage Fellow, and a member of the Genomics Education Partnership.
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