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Debby Walser-Kuntz

Debby Walser-Kuntz

  • Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Biology and the Natural Sciences, Director of Public Policy, Biology, Public Policy

Education & Professional History

 Colorado College, MAT; Mayo Graduate School, PhD

At Carleton since 1995

Highlights & Recent Activity

Multi-institutional Innovation Project grant from Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP)  “Census 2020: Counting On Campus”. (2019) The grant supported organizing a Census Institute attended by 2- and 4-year colleges and universities across the state of MN. Goals of the institute included helping campuses develop curricular materials and mobilize for Census 2020. Our Census 2020 and Minnesota Higher Education Network website supports the ongoing work of participants.

Bisphenol-A leads to overexpression of estrogen receptors and diminishes protective chemokine responses in a zebrafish model. D. Walser-Kuntz, T. Tieu, T. Scott and P. Khan. J Immunol May 1, 2019, 202 (1 Supplement).

Bisphenol-A diminishes neutrophil recruitment in zebrafish. S. Carson, S.Ohashi, D. Gerber, T. Tieu, E. Walser-Kuntz & D. Walser-Kuntz. 2018. J Immunol, 200 (1 Supplement).

Developing Immunologists: A Role for Undergraduate Education. L. Hannum, R. Kurt, & D. Walser-Kuntz. 2016.  Trends in Immunology. DOI

Public Health in Practice: Development of an Undergraduate Domestic Off-campus Public Health Program. D. Walser-Kuntz & C. Bryce Iroz. 2016. Pedagogy in Health Promotion.DOI: 10.1177/237337991665020

Students as Curators: Visual Literacy, Public Scholarship, and Public Health. D. Walser-Kuntz & C. Bryce Iroz. 2016. Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal 8:1.

Celiac and Me. D. Walser-Kuntz, E. Matsuda, P. Tran, J. Salato, and J. Friedow. 2015. Community Engaged Scholarship for Health (CES4Health);

Celiac and Me, an academic civic engagement web page project completed in collaboration with community partners, Phuoc 'Tien' Tran ('15), Emiri Matsuda ('15), and students enrolled in the Immunology W14 and W15 courses.

Learning to share: Partnerships in service learning, public scholarship, and library exhibitions. Co-presented with Margaret Pezalla-Granlund at Libraries and the Public Purposes of Higher Education: Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference, Boston, March, 2016.

Civic Engagement Models to Foster Integrative Science Education. Co-presented with Deborah Gross and Melissa Eblen-Zayas. Workshop session at AAC&U Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education Conference, Seattle, November, 2015

In vivo bisphenol-A exposure in combination with high-fat diet modulates murine innate immune responses. D. Walser-Kuntz, J. Cho, R. Rab, I. Wu, T. Tseng, S. Kansaker, and C. Iroz. 2014.  Poster presentation: IMMUNOLOGY 2014, Annual Meeting of The American Association of Immunologists, May 2-6, Pittsburgh.

Creating comics, theater, grant proposals, and research reports: Researching the effects of different modes of civic engagement in a biology classroom. Presentation with Adrienne Falcon at the Reinvigorating Our Process of Discovery, 2013 International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference. Omaha, Nebraska, November 6 – 8, 2013.

Too many B cells...chronic lymphocytic leukemia and the role of flow cytometry. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. ( 2011.

In vivo bisphenol-A exposure modulates murine innate immune responses. Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium, MN Academy of Science, April 2012. Poster presentation with students YeJi Jun, John Cho, Dara Strauss-Albee, Elliot Johnson, JJ Locquaio. ***Poster and presentation won third place.

A Holistic Approach to Supporting Students in Math and Science. Workshop session at AAC&U Conference: Student Success: Pushing Boundaries, Raising Bars. Seattle, March 2012. Co-presented with Gudrun Willett and Deborah Gross.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Association of Immunologists

American Society for Microbiology

American Public Health Association

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE)





Courses Taught This Year

  • BIOL 394: Biology Research (Spring 2019)
  • BIOL 394: Biology Research (Spring 2019)
  • BIOL 370: Seminar: Selected Topics in Virology (Spring 2019)
  • BIOL 303: Reflective Learning and ePortfolio Development for Biologists (Spring 2019)
  • BIOL 399: Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature (Fall 2019)
  • BIOL 125: Genes, Evolution, and Development: A Problem Solving Approach and Lab (Fall 2019)
  • BIOL 394: Biology Research (Fall 2019)
  • BIOL 399: Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature (Winter 2020)
  • BIOL 310: Immunology (Winter 2020)
  • BIOL 370: Seminar: Selected Topics in Virology (Spring 2020)
Profile updated September 18, 2019

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