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Ruth Phillips

Ruth Phillips

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Biology

458 Life Sciences Complex

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Genetics and Cancer Biology:

    • Cancer treatments using signal transduction, cell cycle regulation.
    • Post-translational gene regulation via AU-rich elements.
    • Nucleocytoplasmic shuttling and regulation of RNA binding proteins.
    Broadening participation of underrepresented and underserved populations in biology and biotechnology fields through:
    • Course-based research in the undergraduate biology curriculum.
    • Implementing service-learning based science outreach programs in the community.
    • Developing strategies and techniques that build resiliency for students.

    Education and Experience

    • Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, North Carolina Central University, Durham NC (2004-2017)
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Research Triangle Park, NC (2003-2004)
    • Ph.D., Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University, Durham NC (2002)
    • B.S., Neuropsychology and Anthropological Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1994)


    • BIO 300: Topics in Biotechnology
    • BIO 326: Genetics
    • BIO 400: Pharmaceuticals and Cells
    • BIO 400: Microbes in Biotechnology and Medicine