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Department of Biology
Tufts University
Robinson Hall, Room 368
200 College Ave
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617.627.3196
Fax: 617.627.3805
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Curriculum Vitae

Susan Koegel
Senior Lecturer
Cell Biology and Immunology


Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, CA 2007
B.A., Biology, Williams College, MA, 2002

Research Interests

My Ph.D. research was focused on the molecular mechanisms of T cell activation. In particular, I studied ZAP-70, a protein tyrosine kinase that is critical for proper T cell development and function and has been shown to play a role in human disease. I developed and analyzed an analog inhibitor system for ZAP-70, which I used to more directly study the protein's function in vitro and in vivo. The transgenic mouse that was developed to be sensitive to the analog inhibitor will also be useful for evaluating the clinical utility of a ZAP-70 inhibitor as a drug candidate.

Upon completion of my dissertation, I decided to focus on my passion for teaching and education. My overall goal is to increase retention of students in the sciences by instituting the most effective teaching techniques in the classroom.

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