Assistant Professor of Biology
Gettysburg College - BS - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - PhD - Genetics and Molecular Biology
Office: Aquinas 250J
Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4 pm, Thursday 9-11 am
Bio 2080 - Introduction to Microbiology (Lecture)
Bio 2080 - Introduction to Microbiology (Lab)
Bio 1140 - Biological Principles II (Lab)
Professor Merkhofer graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2002. He received a PhD in genetics and molecular biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, where he studied the role of transcription factors in breast cancer. He subsequently completed an IRACDA fellowship at the University of California-San Diego.
Professor Merkhofer's research interests involve using model organisms such as budding yeast to investigate the the regulation of gene expression, in particular pre-mRNA splicing, and the role of gene expression in normal cellular processes and disease. He is also interested in developing inquiry-based laboratory projects to provide an exciting lab experience to students. In his free time, Professor Merkhofer is an avid homebrewer and runner.
Memberships and Professional Associations
Genetics Society of America (GSA)
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)