Meral Guzey - 2013 FAC Nominee
My career started with study in the Food Engineering department. This program enabled me to cover strong math, chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology principles. My first graduate degree was on the formation of eicosanoid and its biochemical pathways, its link to inflammations, heart failures and renal diseases and its clinical applications. My mentor was Dr. M. Keeney in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. I worked as a food engineer for three years in the edible oil industry, Unilever Companies, Turkey. My responsibilities were directing the chemistry, microbiology, and quality control labs and the waste management units.
My Ph.D. thesis was on the therapeutic applications of vitamin A and D on lung carcinoma, in the Departments of Biochemistry, Hacettepe Medical School, Ankara, Turkey and University of Wisconsin at Madison. Later I pursued my interest in molecular oncology in steroid hormone receptors and their dietary ligands, specifically hormone related cancers, which lead to abnormal growth, cellular transformation, and initiation of various cell death signaling at the Burnham Institute, La Jolla, CA and University Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. In my publications specifically I have described potentially therapeutic gene targets, which include ER, heat shock proteins 70 and 90, Apaf-1, and HER-2/neu. My studies at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute provided novel information on potential bio-markers. A steroid hormone receptor, Vitamin D3, involved genes which induced apoptosis in prostate cancer.
Additionally, I carried out studies on prostate cancer using animal models and analyzed apoptotic signaling in VDR knock out mouse models.
I started to teach for UMUC-Europe as an adjunct associate professor, upon completing my fellowship in Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
I am writing to nominate myself to the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC), UMUC. I believe that I am an excellent candidate, who can represent faculty members and involve in university affairs. I have successful teaching and research experience. The specific examples are;
- Developing skills to enhance the teamwork of people from different cultures: The College Park Campus of the University of Maryland has a multinational student body with excellent chemistry, biochemistry, and food technology departments and connections to NIH, FDA and USDA. As a teaching assistant, I supported major professors in the laboratories and study sections. This gave me an opportunity to organize students from different cultures into teams sothat they could make best use of their strengths and learn from each other. I was given an award for being the best teaching assistant by visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar Dr. Nouhad Akl. This teaching experience gave me a chance to forward my enthusiasm for science to my students in order to create future lab scientists and teachers in the field of biochemistry
- Teaching students of diverse backgrounds: The European Division of the University of Maryland, Incirlik, Adana, Turkey was my first teaching opportunity for this purpose. I was the instructor for courses on Introduction to Biochemistry and Chemistry and directed the laboratory for United States Air Force students, health professionals, and college students working toward their bachelor's degrees.
I am eager to bring my experience and expertise to our school system by involving FAC. Thank you for your consideration.