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Preceptor in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Erica Homan

Preceptor in Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Personal Statement

As a transplant from New Hampshire, my first Bay State experience consisted of earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University. While an undergraduate, I trained in a human genetics laboratory, which fostered my interest in pursuing a career in research. I furthered my training by moving to Houston, TX to complete my PhD in Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine where I studied in the lab of Dr. Brendan Lee.

My dissertation focused on the genetics of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bone disease. I identified mutations in SERPINF1, a gene encoding a potent antiangiogenesis factor, in patients with a specific form of the disease. Another focus of my dissertation work was dissecting the role a specific enzyme plays in the processing of collagen, a major building block of bone. Through my training in Texas, I became interested in higher education, serving as a tutor for many graduate school courses.

Once my graduate education was complete, I returned to Massachusetts where I completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. C. Ron Kahn at the Joslin Diabetes Center. I studied the role of the insulin receptor in fat and how it relates to physiology and disease. Throughout my fellowship, I pursued teaching opportunities, serving as a laboratory instructor at Simmons College in my spare time. These teaching opportunities solidified my interest in pursuing a career in higher education.

In 2017, I joined the Molecular and Cellular Biology department as a preceptor where I will be actively involved in organizing courses, guiding a team of teaching fellows, and developing course materials.