Join us in welcoming Dr. Rebecca Glineburg, Ph.D., to Schmid College as an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences!

Coming from the University of Michigan, Dr. Glineburg was a postdoctoral fellow in neurology. Her research investigates how cellular stress regulates RAN translation in a number of neurodegenerative disease models.

We asked Dr. Glineburg a few questions to get to know her and her research!

Q&A with Dr. Becky Glineburg

What is your current area of research and how did you become passionate about this area?

I’m currently studying cellular stress in the context of neurodegeneration and oocyte development. I’ve always been drawn to complex cellular processes and this pathway has it all: intricate RNA processing, translational regulation, competing cell signaling pathways, and LOTS of unknowns. But if I’m being honest, my biggest passion currently is for fly ovaries. They’re so visually appealing, and the amount of information you can get from them was equally satisfying from a research perspective. I’m excited to mesh these two passions together to uncover some great unexplored biology!

What’s your favorite thing to being a professor?

I’m going to have to get back to you on that one as I just officially started. Right now, I’d say creating my lab space and coming up with my completely independent projects. But I’m also looking forward to teaching!

Schmid College believes that the best science happens when diverse individuals are supported, included and empowered to share their voices as a part of scientific discovery. Please share with us what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you and why they’re important.

I whole heartedly agree with that statement and am excited to be part of a University with such a diverse student body. For the last 3 years I have been personally invested in supporting underrepresented students in biomedical research endeavors, and hope to continue to provide support and opportunities for students here at Chapman. I believe providing equitable opportunities and inclusive environments is critical for creating a diverse scientific community. Diversity breeds creativity, and we can all benefit when more voices are amplified.

Share a fun fact about yourself!

I love all animals (except pelicans and vine borers) and would be more than happy to hear any fun animal facts you have. I currently have three dogs, one of which used to be a research dog (carrier of mucopolysaccharidosis type 1).

Welcome to Schmid College, Dr. Glineburg!