School of Arts & Sciences
Joined the faculty in 2017. Professor Whipple has a B.S. in Biology from Lake Erie College as well as a M.S. in Education and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New Hampshire. Following her graduate work, Professor Whipple spent 12 years researching pancreatic and skin cancer at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center before joining CSC. She is excited to share her extensive research experience with her students at Colby-Sawyer. Professor Whipple teaches courses in biology, microbiology, genetics, anatomy and physiology and laboratory techniques. She has recently developed two new integrative study courses; the first is a field course on tropical communities (in Belize) and the second is a cancer epidemiology course.
Professor Whipple is particularly interested in guiding undergraduate research projects and is an instructor in the NH-INBRE supported summer research course. Professor Whipple continues to study cancer cell lines at Colby-Sawyer focusing on the interaction between the cancer cells of a tumor and the normal cells that surround the tumor and how we might be able to hinder aberrant communication between them. Another area of interest, which several new students are investigating alongside Professor Whipple, is impact of emerging groundwater contaminants on indicator species (such as the non-parasitic worm, and model organism, C. elegans). read more…