Dr. Margaret Saha is a Chancellor Professor of Biology at the College of William and Mary with affiliate appointments in the Neuroscience Program and the Department of Applied Science. She completed a Ph.D in the History of Science from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from the University of Virginia. She joined the faculty of the Biology Department at the College of William and Mary in 1993 where she has taught Developmental Biology, Introductory Biology, Phage Lab, Freshmen Genomics Lab, as well as upper level seminars in bioinformatics and developmental neurobiology. Dr. Saha has had a longstanding interest in developing novel approaches to engage and retain students in the sciences, particularly members of underrepresented minorities, and has been the Program Director for five consecutive Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education grants to the College of William and Mary and has also served as a member of the Executive Board for Beckman Scholars Program. As the mother of five children, she has been actively involved in disseminating appropriate research into the high school classroom and routinely offers summer “update” courses for local teachers to keep them abreast of topics and techniques in contemporary life science. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular genetic mechanisms underlying early embryonic plasticity of the developing nervous system, specifically the processes by which embryos respond to and recover from perturbations—genetic, physical, and environmental. She has mentored over one hundred undergraduates in her research laboratory with many students serving as co-authors on peer-reviewed papers and presenting their research at national meetings. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Various awards include a Presidential Faculty Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.
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