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KELLY SALMON, PHD

Kelly Salmon is from New Jersey and completed her B.S. in biology at The College of New Jersey in 2011. There, she completed an undergraduate thesis in a lab that studies the roles of a specific family of proteins that regulate plant growth and development. Currently, Ms. Salmon is a PhD candidate in biochemistry and cell biology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Her dissertation research uses human cell lines grown in culture to investigate chromosome movement and segregation into daughter cells during cell division. This is a process that is tightly regulated in normal cells, but often becomes perturbed in cancer. With more than 8 years of experience, Ms. Salmon is highly skilled in a broad range of molecular biology techniques, mammalian cell culture, microscopy, and image analysis.

Ms. Salmon has taught the laboratory section of the undergraduate genetics and molecular biology course at Dartmouth and enjoys leading and directing scientific outreach events for middle school and high school students. She is an organizer for Science Day at Dartmouth and an instructor for middle and high school groups that visit Dartmouth to learn about microscopy. Ms. Salmon is looking forward to teaching students new techniques and fostering excitement in the scientific process. She will be instructing both of the three-week sessions and assisting with program development. 

 

PETER FALETRA, PHD

Peter Faletra is a native of Boston. He received a PhD for his work on bone marrow stem cells from Boston University where he was a teaching fellow in the accelerated medical school program. During his PhD years, he co-founded a successful biotech company and invented a novel method of producing large amounts of antisera for medical and scientific use.  He spent 11 years in our nation’s capital, first as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, and then as the Director of Workforce Development in the Office of Science at the Department of Energy.

Dr. Faletra has received numerous national and regional educational awards, including being named a AAAS fellow for his many years as a teacher and mentor to students from middle school through medical school. In 2016, he was one of a dozen people honored by the Leadership Upper Valley program of Vital Communities for his role as a mentor - an award that recognizes community leaders who have made significant positive impacts in the region. He has over 30 years experience mentoring some of the most successful secondary school students in the USA. He will be involved as an instructor in the STEM three-week programs and assisting with program development.