Sherri Evans Bergsten
Office Location: FSC249
Phone Number: (717) 477-1772
B.S. Biology Haverford College 1993
Ph.D. Molecular Biology Princeton University 2001
I began teaching at Shippensburg University in 2005. I have a B.S. in Biology from Haverford
College (1993) and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University
(2001). My dissertation research was in
the field of developmental genetics, studying the regulation of gene critical
for embryonic patterning in fruit flies. The intricate patterns of genetic
regulation necessary to make an organism continue to fascinate me, but my
interests have expanded as I collaborate with other faculty and with student
researchers. I am excited to be part of
a department and university where the primary focus is teaching, and I truly
enjoy my time in the classroom and in the lab.
Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, hiking, and spending time with my
two sons.The primary project in my lab is genetic analysis of behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. Courtship behavior in fruit flies is
dependent on many sensory systems, providing the opportunity to study how
complex behavioral traits are controlled.
Techniques such as RNA interference allow investigation of the role that
individual genes play under varying conditions.
are currently analyzing the impact of loss of particular pheromone binding
proteins. In addition to behavioral
genetics, students in my lab work collaboratively with other faculty to study
the genetics of a range of cellular and developmental processes.
Basic Biology, Principles of Biology: Cell Structure and Function,
Genetics, Developmental Biology, Genetics of Development and Disease,
Evolutionary Development, Honors Seminar: Ethical and Societal Implications of
Student Research Projects
Current projects include:
Understanding the Impact of Loss of
Odorant Binding Proteins in Drosophila Courtship Behavior.
Comparison of the Roles of Vision and Pheromone Detection in
Courtship Behavior of Drosophila melanogaster.
Identifying Genes that Regulate the
Timing of Development in the Spotted Salamander. (In collaboration with Dr.
Expression, Cloning and Sequencing of
Atg4c and p62 Autophagy related cDNAs from Glioma Cells. (In collaboration with