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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 studying the roles of a family of proteins that regulate plant growth. Dr. Salmon completed her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2018. Her dissertation research used human cell lines grown in culture to investigate chromosome movement and segregation into daughter cells during cell division. This process is tightly regulated in normal cells, but often becomes perturbed in cancer. With 10 years of experience, Dr. Salmon is highly skilled in a broad range of molecular biology techniques, mammalian cell culture, microscopy, and image analysis.

Dr. Salmon has taught the laboratory section of the undergraduate genetics course at Dartmouth and directed scientific outreach events for middle school and high school students. She was an organizer for Science Day at Dartmouth and an instructor for middle and high school groups visiting Dartmouth to learn about microscopy. Dr. Salmon began working with the NHAS teaching a summer session in 2017 before joining full-time as Senior Scientist in 2018. She now leads summer programs, after school programs, professional development for teachers, and outreach to local schools. Dr. Salmon is looking forward to continuing to teach students new techniques and fostering excitement in the scientific process.



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.