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Molecular Biology Core Facility

Quillen College of Medicine

The Facility

    Located in room 2-22, on the second floor of Building 119 on the VA campus The Facility houses a Beckman CEQ 8000 genetic analyzer, a Syngene G:box imager, an Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, Agilent 2200 Tapestation, an Eppendorf epMotion 5070 robot, a Turner Biosystems Modulus Microplate reader, Bio-Rad Cfx96, and an Eppendorf Gradient Mastercycler, Bio-Rad Bio-Plex Mag-Pix, Protein Simple Wes western system, along with a variety of other molecular biology equipment.

Dr. Michelle Duffourc


Dr. Michelle Duffourc, Director



Dr. Michelle Duffourc, Director

Dr. Michelle M. Duffourc is a neuroscience researcher and teacher. Her laboratory has two primary interests: 1) understanding the molecular basis of hereditary blinding disorders and 2) determining the factors that control gene expression in the retina. Her research efforts have earned her a National Research Service Award from the National Eye Institute and a Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. She is a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Sigma Xi, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

In addition to her research program, Dr. Duffourc is an experienced teacher of molecular biology techniques. Besides training undergraduate, medical and graduate students, she has taught classes in DNA sequencing and served as a faculty member in ETSUs acclaimed Methods in Molecular Biology Workshop. Her teaching efforts have resulted in her being honored with the Genesis Award for Professor of the Year from the Biomedical Graduate Program, the James H. Quillen College of Medicine Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award in Basic Medical Sciences, and being named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Dr. Duffourc received her doctoral degree in Basic Medical Sciences with a specialization in Pharmacology from the University of South Alabama School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the same institution. In 1998 she joined the faculty at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University where she currently is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pathology and Biological Sciences.



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