Faculty & Research
Ross C. Feldberg
B.S., Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1961-1965
Ph.D., Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1965-1970
Postdoctoral Fellow of Dr. H.M. Keir, Department of Biochemistry, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1970-1972
Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. L. Grossman, Department of Biochemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1972-1975
My most recent research was on hormone-induced inflammation,
using estrogen-induced inflammation of the rat prostate as a
model system. I discovered that one could detect molecular
changes consistent with the onset of the inflammatory process
within a day or two after hormone exposure (in contrast to the
three week time lag necessary to detect histological changes). I
hoped to apply this system to stress-induced inflammation -
stress being a more difficult agent to quantitate or control.
However, I was unable to win extramural funding and when the
department was given the opportunity to make a senior hire two
years ago, I agreed to give up my lab so that space would be
available for that person. My research since then has been
limited to collaborative work with my colleagues and I have
worked with Drs Lewis, Cochrane, Romero and Reed on projects
that required biochemical input.
I have also refocused my energies on innovations in biological
and biochemical teaching. I have taken responsibility for the
first semester of Introductory Biology (400 students) and have
worked to make this a rigorous, but enjoyable experience for our
students. I also teach a seminar course focused on parasitology
(Bio 16) and the biochemistry survey course (Bio 152).
I am currently exploring new teaching technologies and have
developed a web site to teach the basics of
Bioinformatics as well as a web site employing the
visualization tutorial to teach structural biochemistry.
I was a speaker on Innovations in Biochemical Education at the
2002 Project Kaleidoscope Summer Institute National Meeting.
I have also developed a new seminar on BioSocial Problems (Bio
97) that examines the intersection of biological theories and
social beliefs. This course is quite unique and stresses
analysis of evidence in the original scientific literature and a
critical reading of how science is reported in the popular
press. The class has treated topics such as Bioethics,
Ideological uses of biology, Gender and biology, Behavioral
Genetics, Evolutionary psychology, Genetic basis for
homosexuality and Racially based medicine. I have published in
this area ("A Self-Perpetuating Treatment: Humatrope and the
Medicalization of Social Problems" GeneWatch 17: 12-13 (2004)).
Biology 13: Cells and Organisms with Lab
Biology 97: Contemporary Biosocial Problems in America
Biology 16: Bioscience Challenge Seminars
Biology 152: Biochemistry and Cellular Metabolism
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