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Amy Briggs

Amy Briggs at the Yellowstone Geyser Basin  Amy Briggs at the Yellowstone Geyser Basin

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Beloit College

briggsa@beloit.edu

(608) 363-2349

700 College St.
Beloit, WI 53511
Office: Science Center 333

 


Education

Ph.D. – Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. – Biology, Lawrence University

Interests

I am a molecular biologist, specializing in plant pathology and molecular genetics.  My academic interests include how plants respond to microbial pathogens and how eukaryotic cells defend themselves from- and respond to DNA damage.  My research focuses on the molecular mechanisms by which plant cells alter their gene expression patterns to control their immune responses.  Students involved in my research in my lab use a variety of approaches, including bioinformatics, molecular and cell biology techniques, and even a little traditional plant breeding and genetics. I am always interested in talking to potential student researchers. In addition to my work in molecular plant pathology, I am also interested in ways of learning and teaching science. My pedagogical research focuses on assessing student learning in my classes, such as by finding better ways of uncovering student misconceptions about foundational concepts and principles. Outside of the lab and classroom, I enjoy crafting (everything from sewing to knitting and crocheting), hiking, and gardening (or anything else you can do outdoors).

 

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 110: Human Biology
  • BIOL 141: Microbiology
  • BIOL 201: Biology, War, and Human Rights
  • BIOL 215: Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL 247: Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 289: Genetics

Positions Held

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Beloit College, Beloit, WI, 2011-present
  • Contributing Author of online supplemental genetics materials, W.H. Freeman Publishers, New York, NY, 2012
  • Scientific Teaching Post-Doctoral Fellow, Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching, University of Wisconsin -Madison, WI, 2011
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2010-2011
  • Teaching Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scientific Teaching Fellows Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2010-2011
  • Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Supervisor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI, 2008
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2005-2010
  • Laboratory Technician, Department of Biochemistry, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, 2005
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Program in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Genetics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, 2004-2005

Selected Publications

  • Briggs, A.G., Bent, A.F. (2011) Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation in plants. Trends in Plant Science, 16(7):372-80.
  • Briggs, A.G., Adams-Phillips, L.C., Bent, A.F. (2010) Disruption of poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation mechanisms alters responses of Arabidopsis thaliana to biotic stress. Plant Physiology, 152(1):267-80.
  • Liang, M., Briggs, A.G., Rute, E., Greene, A.S., Cowley, AW. (2003) Quantitative assessment of the importance of dye switching and biological replication in cDNA microarray studies. Physiol Genomics, 14(3):199-207.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Professional Activities

  • National Academies Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education, Presenter, Baton Rouge, LA, 2013
  • National Academies Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education, Facilitator, Baton Rouge, LA, 2012
  • American Society of Microbiology Biology Scholars Research Residency, Washington, D.C., 2012-2013
  • National Academies Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education, Facilitator, Madison, WI, 2011
  • Creating Collaborative Learning Environments Program, Madison, WI, 2009

Selected Recent Presentations
* indicates mentored trainees

  • Briggs, A.G., Morgan, S*. Mapping Misconceptions: An evaluation of the use of concept maps to assess learning gains. Poster. American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Education, Englewood, CO, May 16-19, 2013.
  • Amery, T. *, Briggs, A.G. Flourishing in harsh environments: Plant responses to environmental and microbial stresses. Invited presentation. Beloit College Student Symposium, Beloit, WI, April 11, 2013.
  • Tepsa, H.L. *, Briggs, A.G. Poly(ADP-ribose) Glycohydrolase 2 Implicated in Ethylene Signaling Pathway. Poster. Midstates Consortium for Math and Science Undergraduate Symposium, Chicago, IL, November 9- 10, 2012.
  • Briggs, A.G. Models of Effective Teaching Part 2: Assessment. Presentation/Workshop. Beloit College Faculty Development Group, Beloit, WI, December 7, 2011.
  • Briggs, A.G. Models of Effective Teaching Part 1: Active Learning. Presentation/Workshop. Beloit College Faculty Development Group, Beloit, WI, October 5, 2011.
  • Briggs, A.G. Plant Defense: How do you respond to dangers when you can’t even move out of the way? Invited Talk. Frontiers in Life Sciences Lecture Series, Madison, WI, December 2, 2009.
  • Briggs, A.G., Adams-Phillips, L.C., Bent, A.F. Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation and Host-Pathogen Interactions. Poster. International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Quebec, Canada, July 19-23, 2009.