Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Kristin Giamanco
Congratulations to Dr. Kristin Giamanco, Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences.
Giamanco joined WCSU’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences in 2016. Her major teaching assignments include upper-level courses such as Developmental Biology and Cell Biology. In her scholarly work, Giamanco seeks to understand how a particular cell cycle gene, cyclin D2, modulates progenitor proliferation in the embryonic mouse brain. In addition, her laboratory is developing cell culture models to better understand the structure and assembly of the perineuronal net, a specialized substructure of the neuronal extracellular matrix. Giamanco recently received tenure and was promoted to associate professor.
Giamanco received a B.A. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, she received fellowships to conduct research at Stony Brook University in Geochemistry and SUNY Upstate
Medical University through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in Neuroscience. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where her work focused on elucidating the molecular composition and structure of the neuronal extracellular matrix.
Giamanco joined the Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, New York, to complete her post-doctoral training, where she studied the molecular factors regulating cell division in the developing mammalian brain. Giamanco’s work was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a division of the National Institute of Health. During this time, she was also an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College, where she taught the laboratory portion of General Chemistry as well as biology courses for non-science majors.
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