Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S. - James Madison University
Ph.D. - University of Florida

Phone - 540-568-4366
Fax - 540-568-3333
Office - Bioscience 3005A

Office hours

Courses:   Organisms (BIO 114), Cell and Molecular Biology (BIO 214), Human Genetics (Bio 430), Scientific Perspectives (GSCI 104), Life and How it Works (GSCI 165), The Environment in Context (GSCI 166) and The Living Cell for IDLS (Bio 426).

Research Interests:   Science Education, Science Teacher Preparation, and K-12 Outreach

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My area of research is science education. I am particularly interested in using our understanding of how students learn life science concepts to better inform the science teaching practices we use from the elementary to the college classroom.  While I study student learning of all levels of biology from molecules to ecosystems, my 10 years of research in Molecular and Cell Biology has instilled a particular interest in how students conceptualize the things in biology that we can’t see with our eyes alone and therefore seem mysterious. I am also heavily involved in science education outreach to our regional K-12 communities. In 2014, I developed a traveling life science outreach program (“Madison Discovery”) with the goal of peaking an early interest in science by making the science enrichment experiences often only available to select populations of students accessible to all students regardless of academic readiness, socioeconomic factors, language, and cultural barriers.  The bridge to my research and my work with K-12 students is my interest in preparing future K-12 science teachers. I teach several biology content and pedagogy courses for future teachers and invite our future biologists and future teachers to work collaboratively as part of Madison Discovery.

Cresawn KO, Potter BA, Oztan A, Guerriero CJ, Ihrke G, Goldenring JR, Apodaca G, Weisz OA. 2007. Differential involvement of endocytic compartments in the biosynthetic traffic of apical proteins.  EMBO J.  26: 3737-48. 

Ellis MA, Potter BA, Cresawn KO, Weisz OA. 2006. Polarized biosynthetic traffic in renal epithelial cells: sorting, sorting, everywhere.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 291: F707-13. 

Cresawn KO, Fraites TJ, Wasserfall C, Atkinson M, Lewis M, Porvasnik S, Liu C, Mah C, Byrne BJ. 2005.  Impact of humoral immune response on distribution and efficacy of recombinant adeno-associated virus-derived acid alpha-glucosidase in a model of glycogen storage disease type II.  Hum Gene Ther. 16: 68-80.

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