GET TO KNOW THE FACULTY


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.

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Chery WHipple, phd

Chery Whipple earned her PhD in genetics and master’s in teaching from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. Over the course of her career, she has developed a wide breadth of knowledge and experience teaching molecular biology, general biology, microbiology, cancer biology, anatomy and physiology, and biochemistry. She spent over 10 years researching pancreatic cancer and melanoma at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. As a research scientist, Dr. Whipple has been the lead investigator and first author on several high impact research articles and grants. She has also mentored several high school, undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students.

Dr. Whipple is an expert in a wide variety of animal tissue culture and molecular biological techniques. She also has wide expertise in scientific instrumentation and laboratory practice. Dr. Whipple will bring these valuable, practical experiences to the STEM center along with her enthusiastic attitude and love of teaching, supporting, and encouraging young minds to think critically and independently across disciplines. She will be instructing one of the three-week sessions and assisting with program development.

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KELLY SALMON, BS,
PHD candidate

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 one of the three-week sessions and assisting with program development. 

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Jessica Day,
PhD

Jessica Day grew up in northwest Washington State and got her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Occidental College. She began doing independent research during her time at Occidental and thus decided to pursue her doctorate.  Jessica moved east to attend graduate school at Dartmouth College where she recently finished her Ph.D. in Biochemistry.  Her graduate work was focused characterizing bacterial transcription factors, and she is proficient in a wide range of biochemical and molecular biology based research techniques.  

During her graduate career, Jessica mentored many students in the her research lab, including 5 talented high school students.  In 2011 she was awarded an NSF GK-12 Fellowship to spend one day a week teaching 7th grade science at Hanover Richmond Middle School.  Jessica has participated in various science related community outreach projects and volunteered her time mentoring 7th and 8th grade students at Crossroads Academy in their after school science program.  She will be instructing the After School Program for the New Hampshire Academy of Science this coming year and assisting with program development.