Dr. Christina King Smith, Program Director
Christina King Smith earned a B.S. in Biology at Bucknell University and an M.S. in Marine Studies (Marine Biology/Biochemistry) at the University of Delaware. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Biological Sciences, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Her research focuses on the cytoskeleton and cell motility. She joined the faculty at Saint Joseph's University in 1996, and has continued to study the cytoskeleton and regulation of organelle motility with undergraduate and M.S. students. Her current research also addresses mechanisms of mammalian cell migration.
Dr. King Smith has received extramural grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and has mentored more than 40 undergraduate students in research. Her students have been co-authors of published papers and presentations at professional meetings, and have gone on to pursue Ph.D., M.D., or M.D-Ph.D. degrees. In addition to directing the McNulty Scholars Program, Dr. King Smith is also Program Director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education grant awarded to the Biology and Physics departments at Saint Joseph's University in 2009. She teaches freshman cell biology and genetics courses, and an upper-division course in Advanced Cell Biology.
Dr. Eileen D. Grogan, Associate Director
Dr. Eileen D. Grogan, Professor of Biology, holds degrees from Washington College (BS, Biology), Adelphi University (MS, Biology), and the College of William and Mary (Ph.D., Marine Science). She is a Research Associate of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and co-Principal Investigator of the Bear Gulch Project, a multifaceted analysis of the 323 million-years-old tropical marine Bear Gulch Bay of Montana, USA. Dr. Grogan’s research on the biology, evolution, and ecology of many new species of chondrichthyans (sharks and related fishes) has been featured in highly respected national and international scientific journals and symposia, and in newspapers, popular shark books, and educational television (e.g. Discovery Channel, the French Program Thalassa). She has served on the editorial board of Copeia, the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the Board of Directors for the American Elasmobranch Society.
Since 1994, Dr. Grogan has engaged SJU students in the classroom, laboratory and her fieldwork and has mentored BS, MS and Ph.D. students in productive research. She regularly teaches Comparative Anatomy and Developmental Biology and a non-majors biology course. She also supports and promotes student intellectual and professional development through her service on SJU’s Honors Program and the Health Professions Advisory Committees. Externally, Dr. Grogan has served as a Biology and Developmental Biology Panelist for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program..
Ms. Shani Nuckols, Program Coordinatorphone 610-660-1825