PROFESSOR ROBIN L. DAVIES

(434) 381-6196
davies@sbc.edu

Education:
Ph.D. 1982  Princeton University (Molecular Biology)

M.A.  1979   Princeton University (Molecular Biology)
B.S.  1977   Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (Chemistry)

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Courses I teach
Introduction to Cells, Introductory Biology Lab II, Genetics, Principles of Development, Microbiology, Topics in Biomathematics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Experimental Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology


Research

I use tissue culture techniques in research on the control of gene expression in pancreatic development and, in collaboration with Robert Granger, Associate Professor of Chemistry, on the anticancer potential of novel platinum and palladium compounds. I am also collaborating with Drs. Raina Robeva and Jim Kirkwood of the Department of Mathematical Sciences on a new course and textbook in biomathematics, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Recent publications and presentations

Robeva, R., Davies, R., Kirkwood , J., Johnson, M., Kovatchev, B., & Straume, M. Teaching Biomathematics in the Undergraduate Curriculum. Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and The Mathematical Association of America , January 7-10, 2004. Phoenix, AZ

Davies, R.. Team-Teaching Across Disciplinary Lines: An Effective Method for Education. 23rd Annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching.  November 2003. Oxford, OH.

Robeva, R., Davies, R., Kirkwood , J., Johnson, M., Kovatchev, B., & Straume, M. Teaching Biomathematics in the Undergraduate Curriculum. Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and The Mathematical Association of America , January 15-18, 2003. Baltimore, MD.


Recent student research projects

Cancer
Relative cytotoxicity of platinum and palladium centered compounds on nomal and malignant uterine cells.  Jessica Thistlethwaite.
The effects of Pt(II)dione2 on normal and breast cancer cell lines.  Julia Schmitz.
A characterization of the behavior of colon cancer cell lines SW-480, SW-620, and HCT-15.  Intisar Abdel-Alim..

Diabetes
The identification of the downstream genetic pathways of Nkx6.1 during the formation of insulin-poducing cells.  Rita Thomas.
The insertion of Nkx6.1 into mouse cancer cell lines and transformed mouse pancreatic ductal cells.  Jamie Mays.


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