Dr. Linda Silveira uses techniques in molecular genetics, biochemistry, and cell biology to study fungi. She and her research students investigate the chemicals that fungi make to obtain nutrients and defend themselves from neighboring fungi. Because fungi can’t run from threats, such chemicals play a key role in the organisms’ success in a crowded environment. In addition, these chemicals, and the organisms that make them, can often be helpful for human use, serving as biocontrol agents or drugs.
Along with her colleagues, Linda Silveira also has examined the impact of molecular genetics laboratory projects on student learning. These projects, part of an introductory majors biology course and a non-majors interdisciplinary course, were found to engage students and promoted their understanding of course concepts.
Aronson, B.D. and Silveira, L.A. (2009) From genes to proteins to
behavior: A laboratory project that enhances student understanding
in cell and molecular biology. CBE-Life Sciences Education 8: 291-308.
Silveira, L. A. (2008) Experimenting with spirituality: analyzing The God
Gene in a non-majors biology course. CBE-Life Sciences Education 7: