Patricia Champion is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the Carnegie Mellon University in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 2003. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of California San Francisco in 2009. Her research is focused on bacterial pathogenesis, with specific interests in defining the molecular mechanisms underlying how pathogenic mycobacteria cause disease, including Tuberculosis. Champion has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, and her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals. She is affiliated with the Eck Institute for Global Health and the Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases.
Champion teaches two courses on Bacterial Pathogenesis at the graduate level with Dr. Shaun Lee, and at the undergraduate level teaches a class on Molecular Genetics to junior and senior undergraduates.
The undergraduate Molecular Genetics course is based on the intensive reading of the primary scientific literature. The class is focused on data interpretation, experimental design, and writing. In particular, students learn how to apply commonly used molecular approaches. Dr. Champion has advised many undergraduate researchers in her laboratory, and in 2013 she was featured on a Kaneb Center panel entitled "Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers in Stem Disciplines”.
Champion was awarded the Reverend Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2017.
Department of Biological Sciences
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