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Patricia Opresko - Teaching and Mentoring

Courses Taught

Years Taught Course Number: Title Primary Instructor
Spring 2012 EOH 3305, MSMPHL 3330 and MSBMG 3530: DNA Repair - from biochemistry to human disease Drs. Robert Sobol, Laura Niedernhofer, and Patricia Opresko

Fall 2012 EOH 2310: Molecular Fundamentals Drs. Patricia Opresko and Peter Di

Summer 2012
EPIDEM 2980 Biology and Physiology of Aging 1 Lecture Dr. Ann Newman
Fall 2011

MSELCT 5130-1020. M.S.T.P. Research Basis of Medical Knowledge University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, MD/PhD program, second year students

Co-director with Dr. Bennet van Houten
Spring 2010 EOH 3305, MSMPHL 3330 and MSBMG 3530: DNA Repair - from biochemistry to human disease Drs. Robert Sobol, Laura Niedernhofer, and Patricia Opresko

Spring 2010, 2011

HUGEN 2031 Introduction to Human Genetics Lecture: DNA repair defects; chromosomal breakage syndromes; cancer predisposition

Dr. Suzanne Gollin
Spring 2010 EOH 2310: Molecular Fundamentals Drs. Patricia Opresko and Peter Di

Summer 2008
Winter 2010

EPIDEM 2980 Biology and Physiology of Aging 1 Lecture Dr. Ann Newman
Spring 2008 MSMPHL 3330 and MSBMG 3530: DNA Repair - from biochemistry to human disease Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics graduate course 1. Lecture 18: Damage Processing at Telomeres 2. Lecture 22: Helicase (BLM, WRN) in damage processing 3. Lecture 23: Processing Syndromes Werner, Bloom, NBS1, ATLD, RTS

Drs. Robert Sobol and Laura Niedernhofer
Spring 2008 EOH 2310: Molecular Fundamentals Environmental and Occupational Health Graduate Program 1. Lecture 7: Proteins 2. Lecture 8: Enzymology 3. Lecture 20: DNA Damage and Repair 4. Lecture 21: Mutagenesis

Dr. Sye Garte
Fall 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 EOH 2175: General Toxicology University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health Lecture: Genetic Toxicology Lecture: Carcinogenesis

Dr. James Fabisiak
Fall/Spring 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011

M.S.T.P. Research Basis of Medical Knowledge University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, MD/PhD program Co-director with Dr. Richard Steinman
Fall 2006 EOH 2310: Molecular Fundamentals Environmental and Occupational Health Graduate Program Biochemistry and Metabolism section: 7 lectures

Dr. Paul Reynolds
Spring 2006 MSMPHL 3330 and MSBMG 3530: DNA Repair - from biochemistry to human disease Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics graduate course 1. Lecture 19: Other diseases with defective damage processing
2. Lecture 23: Manuscript on Werner Syndrome and Premature Aging

Dr. Richard Wood
Fall 2005 EOH 2310: Molecular Fundamentals
Environmental and Occupational Health Graduate Program
1. Lecture 21: Protein Purification
Dr. Paul Reynolds

Mentoring

Date(s) Type of Teaching Title
Fall 2006 Presented a 1hr. lecture titled Basic orientation to 'bench' biomarkers of age with an emphasis on telomeres to faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. Biomarkers of Aging Workshop November 7, 2006 The Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center
Fall 2006 Served as a preceptor for analysis of the article "The aflatoxin B(1) formamidopyrimidine adduct plays a major role in causing the types of mutations observed in human hepatocellular carcinoma." Smela 2002 PNAS. EOH 2176: Principles of Toxicology Conference EOH Graduate Program
Fall 2006 Served as a preceptor for analysis of the article "Xeroderma pigmentosum variant (XP-V) correcting protein from HeLa cells has a thymine dimer bypass DNA polymerase activity". Matsutani 1999 EMBO J EOH 2176: Principles of Toxicology Conference EOH Graduate Program

Spring 2006

Lectured on my experience with the peer review process for a recent publication “POT1 Stimulates RecQ Helicases WRN and BLM to Unwind Telomeric DNA Substrates” Opresko et al., 2005, Journal Biological Chemistry. EOH 2109: Graduate Program in Molecular Toxicology Journal Club

Fall 2005

Served as a mentor/preceptor for the student presentation of the article “DNA Helicase Srs2 disrupts the Rad51 presynaptic filament” Krejci 2003 Nature. EOH 2311: Molecular Fundamentals Conference.
EOH Graduate Program

Fall 2005

 

Served as a faculty mentor for Aaron Secrest and Oni Obi for their presentation of the journal article “Defective Telomere Lagging Strand Synthesis in Cells Lacking WRN Helicase Activity” Crabbe et al, 2004, Science. Journal Club 2 nd year MD/PhD students
Fall/Spring 1996-97 Tutored Medical Students for the Biochemistry course Dept. Biochemistry, Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine

Other Teaching/Training

Date(s) Type of Teaching Program/Description
Summer 2013 Supervised undergraduate Laura Congelio EOH summer undergraduate research program
Summer 2012 Supervised a high school student in the lab, Ashley Grinage PITT STEER program, Short Term Education Experience in Research
Spring/Summer 2012 Supervised Human Genetics Masters student, Cassandra Krise Work study student
Spring 2011 Supervised and mentored an undergraduate student- Steven Strutt EOH summer undergraduate research program
Summer 2009 Supervised and mentored a first year medical student-Nathan Smith Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program sponsored by The American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institute on Aging
Summer 2009 Supervised and mentored an undergraduate student- Devin Kepchia EOH summer undergraduate research program
Winter 2009 Workshop with GSPH graduate students Dean’s Day abstract preparation session
Summer/Fall 2008 Supervised and mentored an undergraduate student- Abbe Jackson EOH summer undergraduate research program
Summer 2006 Supervised and mentored an undergraduate student- Hannah Colabrese EOH summer student
Summer 2004 Supervised and mentored a M.S. graduate student – Shamika Danzy NIH Summer Internship Program