Anthony Mangan, Ph.D.
Cell Biology & Physiology
University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus
Stephanie Gupton, Ph.D.
Science has always been my greatest passion, but I first discovered my talent for teaching as an undergraduate student at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY where I completed BS degrees in both Biology and Chemistry. I was naturally drawn to the idea of becoming a professor because it combines my desire to keep up with cutting edge science and my goal of building a stronger scientific community by sharing knowledge with the next generation of scientists.
After my undergraduate studies, I spent a year in a service program working for Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program in Syracuse, New York, where I interacted with people from all over the world. As a first-generation college student who was raised in a low-income city neighborhood, finding a way to give back to the community was, and still is, very important to me. I then decided to enhance my research skills by joining a Master’s program in Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where I studied protein biochemistry and structural biology in the lab of Dr. Lea Michel. In that time, I learned what it takes to be an independent scientist and gained valuable teaching experience in a diverse community.
My research interests shifted more toward cell and molecular biology, and I completed my PhD in the lab of Dr. Rytis Prekeris at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. My project used a 3D tissue culture model system to study the mechanisms of epithelial cell polarization and lumen formation, which is essential for organ function. As a SPIRE scholar I am doing my postdoctoral research in the lab of Dr. Stephanie Gupton, where my project focuses on the role of exocytosis in developing neurons. I believe that my experience usingmultiple cell lines in tissue culture, including primary embryonic mouse neurons,will allow me to bring a unique perspective to undergraduate training, and I look forward to further honing my teaching, mentoring, and research skills as part of the SPIRE program.
Basic Human Biology – UNC Pembroke