STEM Teacher Roundtable - 2015 Bill Self Associate Professor Burnett School of Biomedical Science UCF COM Sept. 30, 2015 Career background • Merritt Island High School, Class of 1989 • B.S. Microbiology – University of Florida 1993 • 1.5 years at FDOACS – Food Microbiologist Marianne – married June 1995 • Ph.D. Microbial Physiology – University of Florida 1998 Zach – born in Gainesville Sept 1998 • Post Doc (Staff Fellow), Laboratory of Biochemistry, NIH (Bethesda, MD) Ryan (2000), Matthew and Michael (2002) • Came to UCF Fall 2003 • Promoted and granted tenure in 2009 • I-STEM Fellow in 2014-2015 • Currently also a Provost Faculty Fellow (2015-2016) Current projects – Bacteriology • Expertise in metalloenzymes (hydrogenases, formate dehydrogenases, selenoenzymes) in model organisms like E. coli – primary function in energy metabolism • Current projects on metalloenzymes in pathogens – Clostridium difficile – glycine and D-proline reductase (‘breathing amino acids’) • Also screening compounds to identify novel potential antimicrobials to treat C. difficile • Collaboration with Dr. Kyle Rohde on metalloprotein in Mtb Research – Nanoscience • Studying the catalytic activities of cerium oxide nanoparticles (with Dr. Seal, Nanoscience Technology Center) • These nanoparticles have been shown to have interesting ‘anti-inflammatory’ effects in test tube (in vitro), in cultured human cell models and in animal models • Now working on building ‘biomaterials’ that have an antiinflammatory coating to prevent inflammation after insertion • Currently collaborating with Dr. Dwight Towler (M.D., Ph.D.) from Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical School A note on Janet Dowding, Ph.D. • Met Janet at a Science Chair meeting for an outreach program for Scripps Florida • Entered Ph.D. program in Biomedical Science after teaching at OCPS for a number of years (M.S. in Colorado) • Studied the reactivity of cerium oxide nanoparticles on reactive nitrogen species • Currently a tenure track Assistant Professor at Miami Dade College STEM Education interests • Recruited into EXCEL program by Dr. Cynthia Young in 2006 – still contributing as mentor and speaker in courses • Also contributing faculty for COMPASS program – mentor and speaker • I-STEM fellow in 2014-2015 based on interests developed in EXCEL and COMPASS I-STEM proposals 1.) Collaboration between Valencia College, Education Testing Service (ETS) and UCF 2.) BRIDGES proposal between Valencia College and UCF (pending NIH) 3.) SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) between OCPS and UCF – pending NIH) Thank You Questions?