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Meet the 2013 CSSI Professors

Session A: July 13 - August 1

Jennifer WolffJennifer Wolff is a developmental biologist interested in the embryonic development of the nervous system. She is currently using genetic and molecular approaches to investigate how male-specific neurons that influence mating arise during development in the model organism C. elegans. She teaches Animal Developmental Biology, Developmental Neurobiology, Genetics, and Introductory Biology.



Annie BosackerAnnie Bosacker received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She is an animal behaviorist, and her primary interest is in the social behavior of primates. She studies a population of baboons living in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Annie is particularly interested in how social circumstances influence an individual’s exposure to stress and how the negative effects of stress might influence the evolution of social behaviors. Annie is a visiting professor in the Department of Biology and the director of Carleton’s Marine Ecology program in Australia.



Will HollingsworthWill Hollingsworth earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in 1982. He is a physical chemist whose research interests involve a laser-based form of spectroscopy that shoots an intense focused visible beam at gas-phase molecules and picks up the pieces after the molecule falls apart. He regularly teaches environmental chemistry, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy in the chemistry department and sometimes gets out to teach a class for environmental studies.


Jalean Petricka

Jalean J. Petricka received her Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Yale University in 2006. A systems biologist, she uses genetic, molecular, bioinformatic, and genomic approaches to study plant development. She is particularly interested in how plants respond and develop in response to the environment. Jalean is a visiting professor in the Department of Biology and teaches genetics and plant development.

Session B: July 20 - August 9

Steve DrewSteve Drew received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1989 and joined the faculty at Carleton in 1991.  Steve specializes in chemical measurements, a field known as analytical chemistry.  His research interests are currently at the intersection of materials and analytical chemistry in that he is developing new solid-state materials that can serve as sensors for organic vapors like benzene or ethanol.  Steve teaches Principles of Chemistry, Equilibrium and Analysis, and advanced courses covering the application of instrumentation in chemical analysis.  Learn more about Steve Drew.

Professor Drew is the co-Director of the Carleton Summer Science Institute



Joe ChihadeJoe Chihade received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1996. He is a biochemist who studies protein-RNA interactions. For the past several years, his research has focused on understanding how human mitochondrial transfer RNAs are recognized by enzymes in the process of translating the genetic code. Joe teaches organic and biological chemistry and is the director of the Biochemistry program. 



Andrea Kalis Andrea Kalis earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from Eckerd College in 2003, and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota in 2010.  A developmental biologist, she uses genetic and molecular techniques to study sexually dimorphic development in the nematode C. elegans.  Her current research focuses on the genetic mechanisms that control sex-specific development of neurons in C. elegans and how the highly conserved Hox genes are involved in this process.  Andrea is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jennifer Wolff’s lab and a visiting professor of biology at Carleton College and teaches Evolutionary Developmental Biology.

Important Dates:

  • December 12, 2014 - Summer Academic Programs Application Opens
  • February 9, 2015 -  1st Round deadline for general and scholarship applicants
  • March 25, 2015 - 2nd Round deadline for general and scholarship applicants(this is the last day to apply for a scholarship for summer 2015)
  • May 8, 2015 - 3rd Round deadline and all applications close

    Summer Academic Programs