"You try to build an environment that gets students excited about what they are learning in the classroom or the research lab."

"I thoroughly enjoy the balance between teaching and research," says Mitch Chernin, a molecular biologist. "That's why I came to Bucknell."

Chernin is noted for his work in hypertension and cancer research.

"You try to build an environment that gets students excited about what they are learning in the classroom or the research lab rather than look at it as drudgery where all that matters is the grade," he says. "And, I'll be honest, I have a very attractive job — genetic engineering, gene cloning, molecular biology — the field naturally draws good students."

As do Chernin's labs, where he includes students in his research. "I think I've had some of the best students at Bucknell working in my lab," he says, "and that's helped my career. Really, I couldn't do it without them."

Through his endowed chair, he has been able to obtain funds to send his students to national meetings. Over the years, many students have presented their findings on the role of genes in cardiac growth and the potential relationship between breast and bone cancer.

"Bucknell allows a superb give-and-take between students and teachers that really allows both to do the best they can," he says.

Teaching areas

  • Introduction to molecules and cells
  • Development biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Biochemical methods
  • Virology
  • Tropical marine biology in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands

Research interests

  • Molecular biology of eukaryotic systems
  • Regulation of gene expression
  • Regulation of the cardiac renin-angiotensin system
  • Regulation of bone remodeling and growth

Recent publications

  • Chernin, M. 2009. Synthetic angiotensin II and protein expression. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal (23):665
  • Harris, D., E. Huselton, and M. Chernin. 2008. Induced protein expression in murine osteoblast cells by a synthetic angiotenson II gene. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal (22):206
  • Elzer, K.L., D.A. Heitzman, M. Chernin, J.F. Novak. 2008. Differential effect of serine proteases on the migration of normal and tumor cells — implications for tumor microenvironment. Integrative Cancer Therapies 7(4):282-294
  • Novak, J.F., M. Chernin. 2006. Trypsin/chymotrypsin and their respective zymogens inhibit tumor growth in vitro and in vivo. Proceedings of the American Association for Cancer Research (47):4359

Updated March 15, 2010

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