Ryan Rogers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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B.S. Biology, Wagner College

Ph.D. Biomedical Science, Genetics and Developmental Biology, University of Connecticut Health Center

Professor Ryan Rogers has always been intrigued by science and truly enjoys sharing her passionate outlook with students. She began genetics research as an undergraduate at Wagner College and expanded her interests during a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, studying neurodevelopment in Down syndrome. After earning a B.S. in Biology, Professor Rogers completed a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science with a concentration in Genetics and Developmental Biology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She investigated the molecular genetics of aging, specifically the impact of reactive oxygen species as a result of genetic mutations on cellular homeostasis in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies). Her areas of expertise are molecular genetics, genomic annotation, molecular basis of development, aging and circadian rhythm.

Courses Taught: BIOL1100: Cell & Molecular Biology; BIOL3000: Genetics & Genomics; BIOLxxxx Advanced Cell & Molecular Biology.

At Wentworth, Professor Rogers engages students in research projects using Drosophila to investigate the relationships between circadian rhythm, stress, metabolism and aging—in other words the impact of self-induced stressors on genetics and cellular health.  Research projects are largely driven by student interest and evolve on a semester basis.  Professor Rogers is a member and student chapter organizer of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Additionally, Dr. Rogers is an active member of the Genetics Society of America and advises the Wentworth Mentorship association.


In addition to undergraduate research, Professor Rogers actively serves on several institutional committees.  She is currently co-chair of the Know Your IX Committee, an active member of the JED Mental Health Task Force, The Service-Learning Committee, and a number of faculty committees focused on curriculum design.  

Publications:

  • Rogers, R.P. Molecular Biology for Environmental Engineers. Momentum Press. In press, release January 2017.
  • Elgin, S.R.C., Hauser, C., Holzen, T.M., Jones, C., Kleinschmit, A., Leatherman, J., The Genomics Education Partnership (Rogers, R.P.). The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis with Undergraduates. Trends in Genetics. 2016.
  • Graham,S., Rogers, R.P., Alper,R. An automated method to assay locomoter activity in Drosophila melanogaster larvae. J Pharmacol Toxicol Methods. Epub 2015 Nov 7. doi: 10.1016/j.vascn. 2015.10.004.
  • Rogers R.P. and Rogina B, The role of INDY in metabolism, health and longevity. Front. Genet. 2015 June; 6:204. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2015.00204
  • Rogers R.P. and Rogina, B. Increased mitochondrial biogenesis preserves intestinal stem cell homeostasis and contributes to longevity in Indy mutant flies. Aging. 2014.
  • Rogers, R.P. and Rogina,B. A Gutsy Way to Extend Longevity. Frontiers in Genetics of Aging. 2012. 3:108. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2012.00108.
  • Grant Johnson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2017
  • Wentworth Presidential EPIC-Mini Grant: Flyometrics, Fall 2017                                           
  • Wentworth Presidential EPIC-Mini Grant: W-SPEC,     Spring 2017
  • Team WentWorthIt, Spring 2016
  • WIT Faculty Travel Award for Scholarly and Educational Presentation, 2015
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Education Award, Fall 2014