Teresa Beam, PhD.
Professor of Biology
Dr. Beam serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Biology. Dr. Beam teaches Microbiology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Virology and is a previous recipient of the University of Saint Francis Excellence in Teaching Award.
- PhD, University of Notre Dame - 1996
- BS, Saint Francis College - 1991
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Project Based Learning
Awards and Recognition
- International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women - 2009
- Who's Who of American Women - 2007-2009
- Leading Scientists of the World, International Biolgraphical Centre, Cambridge, England - 2009
- Woman of the Year in Education, American Biographical Institute, Raleigh, NC - 2009
- Independent Colleges of Indiana, Excellence in Teaching Honoree - 2006
- Who's Who Among Teachers in America's Colleges and Universities - 2002-2008
- USF Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award
- National Science Teachers Association
- Indiana Academy of Science
- Indiana College Biology Teachers Association
- National Association of Biology Teachers
- Association of College and University Biology Educators
- Beam, TA, Keith, JH, Elick, MJ, Cary, LC and MJ Fraser (resubmission summer 2009) Identification of a piggyBac Transposase Molecular Interaction Domain. (to Molecular Cell Biology)
- Li, X., Harrell, R. A., Handler, A.M., Beam, T., Hennessy, K. & Fraser, M. J. (2005) piggyBac internal sequences are necessary for efficient transformation of target genomes. Insect Molecular Biology 14 (1), 17-30.
- Elick, Teresa A., Christopher A. Bauser, and Malcolm J. Fraser (1999). Identification of terminal repeat binding proteins (TRBPs) from Lepidopterans that recognize the ends of TTAA-specific transposons piggyBac and tagalong. Insect Molecular Biology, 8 (2):223-30.
- Elick, Teresa A., Neil Lobo, and Malcolm J. Fraser (1997). Analysis of the cis-acting DNA elements required by piggyBac transposable element excision. Molecular and General Genetics, 255:605-610.
- Elick, Teresa A. (1996). Dissertation: Moleclar analysis of the PiggyBac transposable element. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
- Elick, Teresa A., Christopher A. Bauser, and Malcolm J. Fraser (1996). Excision of the piggyBac transposable element in vitro is a precise event that is enhanced by the expression of its encoded transposase. Genetica 98: 33-41.
- Elick, Teresa A., Chrisopher A. Bauser, Nicole M. Principe, and Malcolm J. Fraser (1996). PCR analysis of insertion site specificity, transcription, and structural uniformity of the lepidopteran transposable elemnt IFP2 in the TN-368 cell geome. Genetica 97: 127-139.
- Buaser, Christopher A., Teresa A. Elick, and Melcolm J. Fraser (1996). Characterization of hitchhiker, a transposon insertion frequently associated with Baculovirus FP mutants derived upon passage in the TN-368 cell line. Virology 216-235-237.
- Fraser, Malcom J., Tamara Cisczcon, Teresa A. Elick, and Christopher A. Bauser (1996). Precise excision of TTAA-specific Lepidopteran transposons TFP3 and IFP2 from the Baculovirus genome in cell lines from two species of lepidoptera. Insect Molec. Biol. 5(2): 141-151.
- Kwon, B., I. Jang, H. Broxmeyer, S. Cooper, N. Jenkins, D. Gilbert, N. Copeland, T. Elick, M. J. Fraser, and B. S. Kwon (1995). A novel chemokine, macrophage inflammatory prtein-related protein-2 inhibits colony formation of bone marrow myeloid progenitors. j. of Immunology 155: 2661-2667.
- University of Manchester, Dept. of Pharmacology - May 2013
"Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics in Clinical Practie"
- SOHS, Nursing Seminar Series - Feb 2013
"Genomics and Genetics in Nursing"
- SOHW, Faculty Development Presentation - Oct 2012
"Genetics in Clinical Practice"
- USF Faculty Development Day Workshop Leader - Oct 2012
"Project Based Learning in the 21st Century Classroom"
- Best Practices Showcase, Professional Conference fo K-12 Educators, SOPS, Department of Education - Mar 2012
"Project Based Learning as a Pedagogical Framework"
- Whitley Co. Consolidated Schools, Community PBL Discussion - Oct 2012
"Project Based Learning in the Colegiate Curriculum"
- Academic High-Altitude Conference, Taylor University - Jun 2010
"I-connect with High-Altitude Ballooning, Development of Undergraduate and Elementary Curiculum to Enhance STEM Learning"
- Fort Wayne Teaching Conference Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne - Feb 2008
"Alzheimer Diesease as a Framework for Enhancing Critical Thinking and Collaboration"
- SOHS, Physician Assistant Program - 2007-2013
- Beam, T.A. Genetics of the piggyBac Transposable Element. (2006) Indiana University School of Medicine - FW. Seminar Series. Fort Wayne, IN.
- Beam, T.A., In Vitro Transposition of the PiggyBac Transposable Element. (2004) 18th National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Indianapolis, IN.
- Shirk, P. D., O. P. Perera, T.A. Elick, and M. J. Fraser (1997). Development and assessment of piggyBac transformation vectors. Second International Workshop on Transgenesis of Invertebrate Organisms, Asilomar, California.
- Elick, Teresa A., Paul D. Shirk, and Malcolm J Fraser (1997). Analysis of piggyBac transposable element excision in cultured insect cells and embryos. Keystone Symposium-Transposition and site-specific recombination, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Elick, Teresa A., Christopher A. Bauser, and Malcolm J. Fraser (1995). Analysis of genomic representatives of the IFP2 Lepidopteran transposon frequently associated with Baculovirus mutations. American Society for Virology National Conference, University of Texas, Austin.
- Fraser, Malcolm J., Teresa A. Elick, Christopher A. Bauser, Paul D. Shirk, and Joseph E. O Tousa (1995). Exploring the utility of the IFP2 transposon of Lebidopterans for genetic engineering of insects. Entomological Society of America National Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
Grants and Patents
- Project Director, Talent Initiative Grant, "Breaking Barriers", $110,00 - 2011-2012
- Contributor, Department of Health and Human Services Grant, Cadaver Lab Project, $188,100 - 2009
- Author, Green Works Service Learing Grant, PLT Discovery Garden, $5000,00 - 2008
- Contributor, Department of Energy Grant, Science and Technology for Achatz Hall, $689,000 - 2008
- Fraser M.J., Shirk P.D., and T.A. Elick. (April 17, 2001) piggyBac transposon-based genetic system for the transformation of insects. U.S. patent number 6,218,185 B1.
- Director, USF Three Rivers Science Symposium - 2004-2013
- Morris K. Udall Foundation, Faculty Representative for USF - 2007-present
- School Board Memeber, Most Precious Blood School, Fort Wayne, IN - 2006-2009
- Discovery Garden Service Project - 2008-2011
- High Altitude Ballooning Service Project - 2009-present
- Grand Awards Judge, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Indianapolis, IN - 2006
- Volunteer Science Fair Judge, Greater Fort Wayne Area Elementary Schools - 1998-present