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Biology Prof to Give March 24 Talk on Spermatogenesis

Las Vegas, N.M. –New Mexico Highlands University biology professor Carol Linder will present a talk, “GOLGA3 and Spermatogenesis – Taking it to the Cell,” March 24 at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Sigma Xi lecture series.

Linder, a cell and reproductive biology scientist, will talk about her summer 2013 research sabbatical at Johns Hopkins University. 

The talk will be in G35, the Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall on the ground floor of Donnelly Library. It is sponsored by the university’s chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society.

Light refreshments will be served.

“At John Hopkins, I learned new research techniques to help answer the question of why the GOLGA3 protein, when missing, affects fertility,” Linder said. “The sabbatical was a fantastic opportunity to work in an environment with other cell biologists, and be completely immersed in my research and science.”

Linder joined the Highlands faculty in 2004 and established her Reproductive Biology Laboratory in 2005 with a grant from the National Institutes of Health. She developed a mouse colony for her research, which focuses on male infertility.

“My lab uses genetic mouse models to identify genes and understand the mechanisms required for spermatogenesis – sperm development,” Linder said. “Our focus has largely been on a GOLGA3 protein mutation that causes infertility in a unique mouse strain. The ultimate goal is to provide insight into human male infertility.”

During her tenure at Highlands, Linder has mentored 34 undergraduate students, 11 graduate students, and one postdoctoral fellow.

“The most important thing I’ve done in my career is mentor undergraduate and graduate students in my lab,” Linder said. “I’m exposing them to the type of research that is conducted at major research institutions. The fact that so many of my students are successful at the graduate and doctoral levels is extremely rewarding, and validates what we’re doing here at Highlands.

“My biggest goal in teaching and my research lab is to get my students to think like scientists. It’s more than learning the specific molecular biology methods ­– it’s also interpreting and applying results in a larger context,” Linder said.

Linder teaches upper division courses in genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, as well as biology courses for non-majors.

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