/uploadedImages/Ship/Biology/Dr_Bergsten.jpgSherri Evans Bergsten

Associate Professor

Office Location: FSC249

Phone Number: (717) 477-1772

Email: seberg@ship.edu


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.

Research Interests

We 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.

Courses Taught

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 Genetics

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. Maret)

Expression, Cloning and Sequencing of Atg4c and p62 Autophagy related cDNAs from Glioma Cells. (In collaboration with Dr. Elliott)