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Mathematics and Computer Science

Suha Dajani

Lecturer in Mathematics

Math and Computer Science


Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
Infectious Diseases, Genetics, Genomics, and Cancer 


Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of California San Fransisco
PhD Molecular Genetics, Rutgers University
BS Chemistry, University of Delaware

Courses Taught

Biology 221: Cell and Molecular Biology
Biology 352: Molecular Genetics
Biology 320: Microbiology
Biology 114: Emerging World Diseases
First-Year Studies 114: Emerging World Diseases
Biology 209: Biology and the Learning Process
Biology 483: Senior Seminar on Cancer and Aging


Dominican Women and Renaissance Art: The Convent of San Domenico of Pisa. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.

Janson’s History of Art, 7th edition. Lead author and responsible editor for Renaissance chapters. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006.

Jansons Basic History of Art (Renaissance chapters). 8th edition, Pearson Education, 2009.


Wang N, Rizvydeen S, Vahedi M, Vargas Gonzalez DM, Allred AL, Perry DW, et al. (2014) Novel Telomere-Anchored PCR Approach for Studying Sexual Stage Telomeres in Aspergillus nidulans. PLoS ONE 9(6): e99491. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099491

Paulius V. Kuprys, P.V.*, Davis, S.M.*, Hauer, T.M.*, Meltser, M.*, Tzfati, Y., Kirk, K.E. (2013) Identification of Telomerase RNAs from Filamentous Fungi Reveals Conservation with Vertebrates and Yeasts.  PLoS ONE8(3):e58661. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058661

Kirk, K.E., Christ, C.*, McGuire, J.M.*, Paul, A.G.*, Vahedi, M.*, Stuart K.R.  & Cole, E.S. (2008) Abnormal Micronuclear Telomeres Lead to an Unusual Cell Cycle Checkpoint and Defects in Tetrahymena Oral Morphogenesis.Eukaryotic Cell 7:1712-723. doi:10.1128/EC.00393-07 


National Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions Award, $266,000 (2010, 3 years).  Exceptionally Short Telomeres in Filamentous Fungi and The RNA That Makes Them.

National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Award, $94,000 (2001). Acquisition of Multi-Imaging System for Use at an Undergraduate Institution. 

Awards and Honors

2012 Lake Forest College Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership

National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, 1985-1988

Princeton First Year Prize, 1985-1986 

Talks and Posters

American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting (December, 2011)
“Identifying the First Telomerase RNA in a Filamentous Fungus ”
Poster presented by undergraduate coauthor in Denver, Colorado.

Cold Spring Harbor Telomeres and Telomerase Meeting (April, 2011)
“Using a novel telomere-anchored PCR approach to determine telomere length and to search for a telomerase RNA gene in Aspergilli”

American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting (December, 2010)
“Novel Anchored Telomere PCR Approach for Studying Rare Telomeres in Aspergillus nidulans”
Poster presented by undergraduate coauthor in Philadelphia, PA.