Join us on February 22nd to hear about the path to a career in science education from Dr. Chadene Tremaglio.
Chadene Tremaglio is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. She teaches courses on introductory and advanced cell biology, microbiology, scientific writing, and grant writing for biology, nursing and health sciences majors, and maintains a small, undergraduate-driven research lab that works on viruses.
Chadene attended the University of Connecticut for her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, where she was first bitten by the research bug. She entered as a pre-med student, but within 6 months became fully devoted to laboratory science while working in the lab Graf Laboratory studying biofilm formation of leech gut symbionts. After graduating in 2008, she moved to Boston where she began her PhD studies in Microbiology at the Boston University School of Medicine. There she studied the replication and transcription mechanisms of respiratory syncytial virus in the Fearns Lab. After completing her PhD, Chadene moved across town to do a postdoc at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. She studied a putative tumor suppressor protein in high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma, and worked on a small molecule delivery vehicle for a novel epigenetic reprogramming platform.
After finishing her postdoc, Chadene became the “trailing spouse” and followed her husband back to Connecticut for his career, with their two children in tow. She decided to take a break from academia and bench work to test the waters as a ‘work from home’ mom, and explore alternate career options. She spent time as a freelance science writer and illustrator, writing popscience articles and educational guides for online learning platforms. She was also a cohost for the immunology podcast “Audiommunity”. She began adjuncting in 2018, realized teaching was the perfect way to combine her love for science and research with her interests in the arts and communication, and is now in her second year on the tenure track at University of Saint Joseph.