Heather Edgerton earns Ph.D. in molecular biology

Heather Dawn Edgerton, daughter of Gary and Marsha Edgerton, of Chester, and granddaughter of Clarence and Betty Edgerton, officially received her Ph.D. diploma at the Summer Commencement at the Ohio State University on August 4, 2013 as a graduate of the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology program. Ms. Edgerton successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “gamma-Tubulin Regulates the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint and Anaphase Promoting Complex/Cyclosome in Aspergillus nidulans” in June 2013.

Heather is a 1999 graduate of Thomas Dale High School and also has a B.S. degree from Bridgewater College majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry, obtained in 2003.

During her graduate studies, Ms. Edgerton had the opportunity to present her data at several national meetings, earning a Genetics Society of America student poster award at the 26th Fungal Genetics Conference in Asilomar, California in 2011, and even had an opportunity to present a poster at the European Molecular Biology Organization Centrosomes and Spindle Pole Bodies Conference in Barcelona, Spain that same year. She has also been the author of several publications, including a first-author article in the Journal of Cell Biology.

Her current position is a Research Assistant at the University of Kansas under the supervision of her dissertation advisor, Dr. Berl R. Oakley.

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