Biomedical Science and Human Disease

Koela Ray, M.S.

Senior Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Science

Koela moved to Burlington from India with a Masters in Immunology. Here at UVM, she earned her second Master’s in Biology, and a Post-Bac certification in MLS. Koela joined the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences in January, 2012 as a Medical laboratory specialist and faculty member. Currently, she is also a PhD candidate at the Clinical and Translational Science program and is working with Dr. Elizabeth Bonney in the Department Of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, on Biomarkers of Preterm Delivery, as her research focus.

Health and Medicine

Delphine Quenet

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Born and raised in France, I did not like science and spent my time reading and considering a career in literature. My journey in science started after meeting a scientist working on rheology (study of fluid). He showed me the translational aspect of his work on blood property, from physics to biology to human health. It was fascinating, and like a mystery novel, it was a search for clues to answer to a biological question. After exploring different research projects over summer internships, I set-up my research on chromatin structure and DNA-dependent mechanisms (i.e., DNA replication and repair, and gene expression). In parallel, I have been teaching courses on different topics including Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microscopy techniques, Cyto/Histology and Scientific Communication. Outside lab and classroom, I still enjoy reading, as well as baking, and hiking.

Stephen Everse, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Stephen received his BS in chemistry from Beloit College in 1988 and his PhD in Chemistry from the UCSD for work on the structure of the coagulation protein, fibrinogen, in 1995.  He moved to UVM in 1998 where he and his group have solved many structures including another coagulation protein, bovine factor Vai, and the transferrin/transferrin receptor complex, the complex responsible for controlling the iron content of cells. During his tenure at UVM he has been engaged in teaching and advising undergraduate, graduate and medical students.  For the last 8 years he has served as the course director for the first course offered to our incoming medical students, an 18-week course entitled, Foundations of Clinical Sciences.

Introductory Neuroscience

Alicia Ebert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Alicia Ebert earned a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neuroscience from Colorado State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at UVM and is Co-Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program. Her work focuses on using zebrafish as a model organism to investigate mechanisms that regulate development of the nervous system.

Introduction to Agroecology

Tom Wilson, M.Ed.

Community-Engaged Learning Program Coordinator

Tom works as Program Coordinator in UVM’s Community-Engaged Learning Office. He has worked extensively with youth and as an educator, including in Vermont, his native Seattle, and several other countries. Prior to his work with CELO, he co-led academic service-learning programs to Central Appalachia, New England and the Desert Southwest with a traveling high school called the Field Academy. Tom has worked on organic farms in New Zealand, Colombia, and Vermont, and with a number of local schools, farms, and non-profit organizations in the Burlington area. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Addison County.