BLaST

Meet the BLaST LRTTs

(Laboratory Research & Teaching Technicians)

Lori Gildehaus, M.S.
Email: lagildehaus@alaska.edu
Phone: 907.474.5788
Office: 184A Arctic Health Research Building
Teaching Interests:  Teacher's assistant for Comparative Anatomy and Human Anatomy and Physiology; tutor (individual and group) for chemistry, calculus and biology.
Research Interests:  Investigating wildlife diseases and impacts on human populations, emerging infectious diseases.
Techniques:   PCR, RT-PCR, RNA and DNA extraction, ELISA.
Personal Interests:  Personal training, nutrition and fitness, cooking, and outdoor activities.

Joanna Green, M.S.
Email: jlgreen3@alaska.edu
Phone: 907.474.5788
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building
Teaching Interests:  Hands-on active learning and use of interdisciplinary techniques.
Research Interests:  Studying microbial diversity and linking microbial processes to larger systems.
Techniques:   Microbial DNA processing (collection, isolation, extraction, cloning, pcr, sequencing), Cell Culturing, phytochemical analysis, microbial community metabolism (respiration, cell production).
Personal Interests:  Traveling, scuba, hiking, yoga, and dance.

Aaron Kallas, M.S. Ed.
Email: ajkallas@alaska.edu
Phone: 907.474.5788
Office: 184 Arctic Health Research Building
Teaching Interests:  Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geology, Botany, Genetics
Research Interests:  Environmental Impacts to Human Health, Comparative DNA analysis
Techniques:   Cell culture, standard microbiologic techniques, DNA Manipulation (Extraction, Purification, PCR, Sequencing), Proteometrics, Research Design, Data Analysis
Personal Interests:  Hunting, fishing, gardening, and traveling.

Natalia Podlutskaya, MSc
Email: npodlutskaya@alaska.edu
Phone: 907.474.5788
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building
Teaching Interests:  Mentoring grad and undergrad students in the Lab environment.
Research Interests:  Studying genome stability and mechanisms of DNA repair, and Biology of Cancer and Aging.
Techniques:   Cell Culture, Cell Cytotoxicity assays, DNA and RNA extraction, and Comet Assay.
Personal Interests:  Hiking, traveling, and berry picking.

Theresa Vertigan, M.S.
Email: tvertigan@alaska.edu
Phone: 907.474.5788
Office: 185 Arctic Health Research Building
Teaching Interests:  Teaching assistant for introductory chemistry, tutor for introductory and organic chemistry.
Research Interests:  Effects of disease or toxicants on molecular and cellular processes, in vitro model systems, analytical assay development.
Techniques:   Cell culture, immunoassays (ELISA, western blot), protein assays, affinity chromatography, proteomics, HPLC, mass spectrometry.
Personal Interests:  Traveling, hiking, skiing, and photography.