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Ellie Gagliani

Assistant Professor,
Biology

Ellie earned her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Morehead State University (KY) and was a graduate of Morehead’s academic honors program. While attending Morehead, she worked in a microbiology lab as a drinking water lab analyst. For her Ph.D., she attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, in the department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology. Ellie is also a graduate of the nationally renowned Preparing Future Faculty certificate program. She specializes in the field of structural biology, which is the study of the 3D molecular structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules, such as proteins and DNA, and how those structures relate to biological functions. Her dissertation research has focused on studying the structures and functions of transcription complexes that form within the nucleus of a cell, including studying proteins involved in the Notch signaling pathway and homeobox transcription factors. Her favorite topics to lecture on include biochemistry, signal transduction pathways, and cancer biology. Outside of work, her hobbies include running and cycling on both paved roads and trails.