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Gemma Niermann  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
  • M.S. Clinical Counseling, California State University, Hayward, 1987
  • M.A. Music, SJSU, 1977
  • B.S. Zoology, University of California, Davis, 1971
    cum laude

Teaching Experience:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor - Biology Department, Mills College (1997 - 2000)
    Taught General Biology 1 and 2 lecture and lab, Human Physiology lecture and lab, Biochemistry lab course, and three Education courses: Topics in Biology; Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Math and Science; Advanced Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Lecturer - Inegrative Biology Department, University of California, Berkeley (1995 - Present)
    Have developed and taught Human Genetics and Human Physiology courses.
  • GS Instructor - School of Public Health and Integrative Biology Department, University of California, Berkeley (1991 - 1994)
    Taught a laboratory course in Clinical Microbiology, Human Physiology, Mammalian Physiology laboratory courses, and Physiology of Reproduction.
  • Ass. Professor - Kalmanovitz School of Education, Saint Mary's College (January 1989 - Present)
    Have taught courses in the Single Subject, Multiple Subject and SPED Credential Programs, plus Collegiate Seminar.
  • Lecturer - School of Education, Saint Mary'sCollege (1989 - Present)
    Have taught Student Teaching Seminar, Advanced Curriculum and Instruction Science: Reading in the Content Area. Place and guide student teachers in their field training. Instructor and teacher in SPIRAL adolescent literacy program.
  • Instructor - Athenian School (1979 - 1989)
    Taught biology, chemistry, and music courses; designed and taught a 9th grade science methods laboratory course.
  • Music Teacher (Strings) - K-8, Oak Grove School District, San Jose (1978 - 1979)
  • Instructor - Midrasha Kerem, Santa Clara (1977 - 1978)
    taught biology, physics, and chemistry
  • Reading Instructor for LEP students - San Jose State University (1976 - 1976)

Awards:

  • Howard Bern Award for Outstanding Research - (1995)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award - (1993)
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, American Society for Microbiology, Northern California - (1993)
  • Mentored Research Award - (1992)

Fellowships:

  • Regents Fellowship - (1993)
  • Soroptimists Founder Region Fellowship - (1993)
  • Regents Fellowship - (1992)
  • Amy Bowles Johnson Memorial Fellowship - (1989)

Grants:

  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-aid (local) - (1994)
  • UC Endocrinology Group/Graduate Division Grant - (1994)
  • Provost's Research Grant - (1994)
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-aid (national) - (1993)
  • Endocrinology Program Grant - (1993)
  • Tissue Culture Association Presentation Grant - (1993)
  • Grossman Research Grant - (1992)
  • Grossman Research Grant - (1991)

Honor:

  • Honorary induction into Golden Key Scholastic Society - (1999)

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • "Helping Young Women in Academia.". Niermann, Gemma (talk, speech or lecture)
    Annual Meeting, Soroptimists, Founder Region, Berkeley
    (1998)
  • "Hormone Regulation of Bovine Leukemia Virus via the Long Terminal Repeat.". Niermann, Gemma (talk, speech or lecture)
    Comparative Endocrinology Group, University of California, Berkeley
    (1996)
  • "Hormone Regulation of Bovine Leukemia Virus Transcription in Mammary Cells.". Niermann, Gemma (paper)
    International Association for Breast Cancer Conference, Banff, Canada
    (1993)
  • "A Serum-free Medium for the Culture of Bovine Mammary Cells.". Niermann, Gemma (poster)
    Tissue Culture Association Meeting, San Diego,
    (1993)
  • "Bovine Leukemia Virus infection of mammary epithelial cells.". Niermann, Gemma (poster)
    American Society for Microbiology (N. California Branch), Stanford,
    (1993)

Publications:

  • Spiller, Susan, Harris, John, Niermann, Gemma and Pavik, Bruce. "Laboratory Manual for Biology." Oakland, CA: Mills, 2000
  • Niermann, Gemma and Watson, Gordon. ""Growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-I enhance beta-glucuronidase gene activation by androgen in mouse kidney."." Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology., 1999. 47-55
  • Niermann, Gemma and Buehring, GC. ""Hormone Regulation of Bovine Leukemia Virus via the Long Terminal Repeat."." Virology., 1997
  • Niermann, Gemma, Buehring, GC, McGrath, MF and Neiswander, RL. ""Lifespan of bovine mammary cells in vitro."." In Vitro 30A 3.95-99 (1994)
  • Niermann, Gemma and Buehring, GL. ""A Serum-free Medium for the Culture of Bovine Mammary Cells."." In Vitro 29A(3): 121A (1993)
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