A.B., Harvard University; Ph.D., Stanford University
Science Center 550G
Julie A. RodenInstructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
Research and teaching interests in microbiology, cellular, and molecular biology.
Both as an educator and as a researcher, I have found it particularly valuable to examine the intersection of various fields including microbiology, plant physiology, biochemistry, genetics, and immunology. As a graduate student, I identified and characterized novel virulence proteins from Xanthomonas, a plant pathogenic bacterium. For my postdoctoral research, I studied the role of several membrane proteins in Bartonella, a bacterium that causes cat scratch disease. At Wellesley, I draw from these diverse experiences to help students learn and think analytically about the practice of science.
I teach the laboratory component of both molecular and organismal introductory courses, as well as upper level courses including cell biology and microbiology. In all courses, I am passionate about engaging students in active learning. Students in my courses frequently work as a class or in small groups to develop hypotheses, predict outcomes, and engage each other to spur critical thinking. I believe that students learn best when they are passionate about a subject and are given the chance to have a degree of ownership in their work.
As part of my commitment to fostering undergraduate research, I am involved in several projects that aim to add or expand upon student-designed research experiences in Wellesley biology laboratory courses.
When not in the lab, you can usually find me playing with my family in the backyard, walking in the woods, or conducting cooking “experiments” in the kitchen.