Deborah Bell-Pedersen obtained her Ph.D. degree in the laboratory of Dr. Marlene Belfort at the New York State Department of Health. Her postdoctoral work in the laboratories of Dr. Jay Dunlap and Jennifer Loros, at Dartmouth Medical School, focused on molecular studies of the circadian biological clock in Neurospora crassa. She joined the biology faculty at Texas A&M University in 1997, rising to Professor in 2007. Her research continues to investigate how the circadian clock functions in Neurospora to regulate daily rhythms in behavior, physiology, and biochemistry. Dr. Bell-Pedersen’s group recently discovered that the clock controls conserved MAPK signaling pathways involved in stress responses and the control of cell growth and division. This finding provides a rationale for observations that deregulation of the clock in humans contributes to cancer and suggests novel approaches for treatment of circadian disorders. Dr. Bell-Pedersen currently serves as a Standing Member of an NIH study section (CSRS), has served as the Elected Chair of the Neurospora Policy Committee, and is the Program Chair for the 2012 Society for Research on Biological Rhythms. She currently serves as the Review Editor for Fungal Genetics and Biology and has served as an Editor for the Journal of Biological Rhythms, Fungal Genetics and Biology, and Eukaryotic Cell. She has won several awards, including the Jo Ann Treat Award for Excellence in Research, AFS Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, TAMU Ethel Ashwood Tsutsui Memorial Award Lecturer, and the Davidson Award Lecturer (Baylor College).
Biography Updated on 2 December 2012