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Cathy Santanello, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of Instructional Strategies

(618) 650‑5165
Fax: (618) 650‑5145

Biomedical Sciences
B.S., 1979, Eastern Illinois University
M.S., 1983, Stephen F. Austin State University
Ph.D., 1989, St. Louis University

Research: Science and Pedagogy

My research interests have varied over the course of my career in the sciences. My Master's thesis, A Histological and Ultrastructural Study of the Nephrons of Perognathus hispidus, with Comparisons to Reithrodontomys fulvescens, was a project that entailed comparing the reabsorptive capabilities of the proximal convoluted tubules of the kidneys of two rodent species (one mesic and one xeric) of the southwestern U.S.. The continued pursuit of my graduate work allowed me to study The Incidence of Pathogens of Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Eastern Missouri. As a result of this research, I was able to identify and isolate the pathogenic Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, from two tick species in this region of the Midwest, and report the frequency of infectivity of local ticks with the Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Fever pathogens.

In the last few years my research focus has shifted from traditional scientific research to the scholarship of teaching and learning. That is, how do we construct teaching and learning activities in science classrooms that optimize student learning outcomes? My main areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. case study writing and teaching;
  2. teaching/learning via study abroad experiences;
  3. implementing classroom assessment techniques; and
  4. teaching large classes more effectively.
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