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Curriculum Vitae

ANGELA R. PORTA

1.  Education:           Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,
                                   Newark, NJ 1984
                                  
M.S. Biochemistry, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ 1980
                                   B.A. Biological Sciences, Douglass College, Rutgers University,
                                   New Brunswick, NJ 1976

2.      Appointments:     Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Kean University, Union, NJ
Acting Director, 8/2006 7/2008

Department of Biological Sciences, Kean University, Union, NJ 
Professor, 2003 – present
Associate Professor, 2000 - 2003
Assistant Professor, 1995 - 2000

Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, Nutley, NJ
Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Neurosciences, 1993-1995

Lederle Laboratories, American Cyanamid Co., Pearl River, NY Research Assistant, 1976-1980

3.      Major Visiting Appointment

     Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
Visiting Research/Teaching Professor, 1/2002-7/2002

4.      Administrative Experience as ORSP Director

- major responsibilities

  • Serve as senior research officer to provide leadership in the development, submission and administration of all university proposals from across the disciplines to federal, state and local agencies
  • Serve as compliance officer for research with human subjects and as research integrity officer to handle research misconduct
  • Serve as the oversight administrator of all sponsored programs and all internal research award programs
  • Manage the operation of the office, budget and staff (four professionals, one support staff and two student workers)

- major accomplishments

  • Led, designed and managed the creation of a new website for ORSP
  • Developed new policies and procedures for the Institutional Review Board to reorganize and streamline the process for application submission and approval
  • Effectively lobbied for and secured a new administrative line for ORSP (Assistant Director) to enhance the operations of the office by coordinating the Institutional Review Board and contributing to grant writing activity.
  • Successfully negotiated a indirect cost rate (68%) for Kean University with the Department of Health and Human Services; the first in over 20 years
  • Developed and established a new internal award for faculty (Foundation Faculty Research Award) providing 10 awards annually at $5000 per year
  • Shepherded the planning, budgeting and submission of 183 proposals in FY07 and FY08 seeking $42M
  • Provided fiscal and managerial oversight to 93 externally-funded projects in FY07 and FY08 with total budgets of 18M
  • Inspired and led collaborations among science faculty to enhance institutional grant activity resulting in the first successful NSF Major Research Instrumentation award to Kean University for the establishment of a supercomputer facility
  • Reorganized and restructured abstract submission guidelines for the annual Faculty Research Forum sponsored by ORSP in order to raise research standards
5.      Administrative Experience as Faculty
  • Chairperson, Biology Department Research and Creative Works Committee, 2005-2006
  • Co-Chairperson, Biology Department Search Committee for two Assistant Professors, 2003-2004
  • Coordinator, Biology Department Honors Program, 2002-2004
  • Member, Kean University Institutional Review Board, 2003-2006
  • Member, College of Natural, Applied and Basic Sciences Retention and Tenure Committee, 2001-2004
  • Chairperson, Biology Department Assistant Professor Search Committee, 2002-2003
  • Chairperson, Biology Department Honors Program Committee, 2002-2004; assessment, restructuring and implementation of honors program
  • Co-Director of the Women into Science and Technology (WIST) program from 1998-2002; active member since 1995; founder and coordinator of the fall program, Experience At Kean Day; coordinator, presenter, and host of the spring program, Career Activity Day
  • Dean’s Task Force on Undergraduate Research, 2000-2004, assessment, strengthening, and showcasing of faculty/student research initiatives at Kean University
  • Accreditation by Middlestates Association of Colleges and Schools, 1999-2000, Co-author of a subcommittee report, “Self Study Team on Human Resources”, on the analysis of a professional staff survey for gathering information on the professional staff at Kean University
  • University Service Learning Advisory Board, 1998-2000, contributor to development of a service learning program at Kean University
  • Chairperson, Biology Department Undergraduate Independent Research Committee, 1997-1999, assessment and restructuring of guidelines for participation of biology majors in independent research
  • Biology Department Five Year Program Review Committee, 1996-1997, preparation and analysis of student and alumni surveys, and review of the biology department curriculum

6.      Honors and Awards

  • 2005 Four-Year College Biology Teaching Award, National Association of Biology Teachers [for creativity and innovations in undergraduate college biology teaching]
  • 2005 Schering-Plough Faculty Research Mentor Award (for stimulating, motivating and engaging students in undergraduate research)
  • 2004 Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Scholarship (Kean University).
  • 2001 Award for Excellence in Encouraging Equity, National Association of Biology Teachers [outstanding service to encourage, promote and strive for equity in science education].
  • 1999 MACUB (Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists) President’s Memorial Award [scholarship, teaching and service to the profession].
  • 1998 Biotechnology Teaching Award, National Association of Biology Teachers [development of a novel laboratory approach to teaching signal transduction to undergraduates].
  • 1998 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi [distinguished scholarship achievements].
  • 1998 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers [nominated by a student for development of a cell physiology course].
  • 1980-1984 Graduate Fellowship, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
  • 1972-1976 Undergraduate Fellowship, Rutgers University, Dr. Scipio Africano Scholarship Award [for promising science majors at Rutgers University].

7.  Grants

  • 2006 Research Grant, Students Partnering with Faculty Research Award, Kean University, $15,000
  • 2002004 Research Grant, Kean University Foundation, $1000
  • 1999-2002 Research Grant, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Academic Research Enhancement Award, $82,000
  • 1996 – 2006 Research Grant, Kean University Release Time for Research Award
  • 1997-1998 Research Grant, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, R03 Small Research Grant Award, $74,000
  • 1993-1995 Research Grant, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Re-Entry into the Neurological Sciences Award, $195,000
  • 1990 Research Grant, National Osteoporosis Foundation Student Fellowship Award, $3,500

8.     Teaching Experience

  • Kean University, Union, NJ:  1995- present: 1)  Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 3403; 2)  Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO 3404; 3) Cell Physiology, BIO 4225;  4) Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, BIO 2409; 5) Human Physiology and Anatomy, BIO 2402; 6) General Biology, BIO 1000; 7) Independent Research in Biology, BIO 4961,-2,-3; 8) Senior Seminar in Biology, BIO 4905.
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ. [Adjunct Associate Professor, 2002-2003; Adjunct Assistant Professor, 1998-2002, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology]: This affiliation allowed me 1) use of the UMDNJ animal and research facilities; 2) access to scientific seminars and presentations; 3) to teach a short three week course to graduate students on grant writing skills.
  • Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ [Adjunct Professor, 1992-1993]: 1) General Biology I; 2) General Biology II; 3) General Chemistry Lab; 4) Anatomy and Physiology I; 5) Anatomy and Physiology II.
  • William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ [Adjunct Professor, 1989]: 1) Cell Biology; 2) Biotechnology I.
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ [Adjunct Professor, 1988, 1990]: 1) Fundamentals of Biology I; 2) Fundamentals of Biology II.

9.     Publications

Book Chapters

  • (2003) Porta, A.R., Dhawan, P., Gengaro, K., Lui, Y., Peng, X., and Christakos, S.  Vitamin D-Dependent Calbindins (CaBP).  In: Henry, H.L., Norman, A.W., editors.  Encyclopedia of Hormones: Domain of Calcium Regulating Hormones, Academic Press.
  • (1998) Christakos, S., Porta, A.R., and Raval-Pandya, M.  Mechanism of Action of Vitamin D on Intestinal and Kidney Calcium Absorption.  In: Holick, M.F., ed.  Vitamin D: Physiology, Molecular, Biologic and Clinical Aspects, Humana Press, Inc.
  • (1997) Brunette, M.C., Leclerc, M., Porta, A.R., and Christakos, S.  Effect of Calbindin (CaBP) 28K on Na+ Transport by the Luminal Membrane of the Renal Distal Tubule.  In:  Norman, A.W., Bouillon, R., Tommasset, M., editors.  Vitamin D: Chemistry, Biology and Clinical Applications of the Steroid Hormone, Vitamin D Workshops, Inc.

Research and Educational Publications (peer reviewed)

  • (2008) Benn, B.S., Ajibade, D., Porta, A., Dhawan, P., Hediger, M., Peng, J.B., Jiang, Y., Oh, G.T., Jeung, J.B., Lieben, L., Bouillon, R., Carmeliet, G. and Christakos, S.  Active Intestinal Calcium Transport in the Absence of Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid Type 6 and Calbindin-D9K,  Endocrinology, 149:3196-3205.

  • (2007)  Christakos, S., Dhawan, P., Benn, B., Porta, A., Hedinger, M., Oh, G.T., Zhong, Y., Ajibade, D., Dhawan, K. and Joshi, S. Vitamin D: Molecular Mechanism of Action, Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1116:340-348.

  • (2006) Porta, A.R. and Dhawan, P.  How Scientists Use Critical Thinking Skills: Isolating Both Total RNA and Protein Using the Same Small Organ.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 35:14-17.

  •  (2004) Porta, A.R.  Demonstrating Enzyme Activation: Calcium/Calmodulin Activation of Phosphodiesterase. Journal of College of Science Teaching, 34:64-65.
  •  (2004) Liu, Y., Porta, A., Peng, X., Gengaro, G., Cunningham, E.B., Hong, L., Dominguez, L.A., Bellido, T., and Christakos, S.  Prevention of Glucocorticoid Induced Apoptosis in Osteocytes and Osteoblasts by Calbindin-D28KJournal of Bone and Mineral Research, 19:479-490.
  • (2003) Song, S., Peng, X., Porta, A., Takanaga, H., Peng, J., Hediger, M., Fleet, J.C., and Christakos, S.  CaT1 and ECaC mRNA are Differentially Regulated by 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D3 in the Intestine and Kidney of Mice.  Endocrinology, 144:3885-3894.
  • (2003) Porta, A.R.  Cross-linking Proteins to Show Complex Formation.  The American Biology Teacher, 65:461-464.
  • (2003) Christakos, S., Dhawan, P., Liu, Y., Peng, X., and Porta, A.  New Insights Into the Mechanisms of Vitamin D Action.  Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 88:695-705.
  • (2003) Christakos, S., Barletta, F., Hueing, M., Dhawan, P., Liu, Y., Porta, A. and Peng, X.  Vitamin D Target Proteins: Function and Regulation.  Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 88:238-244.
  • (2002) Porta, A.R. Understanding the Human Body: What Students Learn As They Progress Through Grade School.  School Connections, 14:10-13.
  • (2002) Porta, A.R.  Using Diversity Among Biomedical Scientists as a Teaching Tool: A Positive Effect of Role Modeling on Minority Students.  The American Biology Teacher, 64:176-182.
  • (2000) Porta, A.R.  Making a Cell Physiology Teaching Laboratory More Like a Research Laboratory. The American Biology Teacher, 62:341-344.
  • (2000) Porta, A.R.  Localization and Visualization of the Pancreas: Making the Pancreas Visible to Students.  Journal of College of Science Teaching, 29:364-365.
  • (1999) Porta, A.R.  Effect of Calcium on Calmodulin Binding to Calcium/Calmodulin Protein Kinase II:  Demonstrating the Calcium Dependent Binding of Calmodulin to a Target Protein.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 29:211-213.
  • (1999) Brunette, M.G., Leclerc, M., Huo, T.L., Porta, A., and Christakos, S.  Effect of Calbindin 28K on Sodium Transport by the Luminal Membrane of the Rabbit Nephron.  Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 152:161-168.
  • (1998) Porta, A.R.  Using Calcium and Calcium Binding Proteins To Teach Signal Transduction in Cell Physiology.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 27:425-428.
  • (1996) Porta, A.R., Bettini, E., Buiakova, O.I., Baker, H., Danho, H., and Margolis, F.L.  Molecular Cloning of Ictacalcin:  A Novel S100-like Calcium Binding Protein from the Channel Catfish, Ictalurus PunctatusMolecular Brain Research, 41:81-89.
  • (1996) Porta, A.R.  Motivating Women Students: The Importance of Women as Mentors.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 26:160.
  • (1995) Johnson, J.A., Bechman, M.J., Pansini-Porta, A., Christakos, S., Bruns, M.E., Beitz, D.C., Horst, R.L., and Reinhardt, T.A.  Age and Gender Effects on 1,25 Dihydroxvitamin D3 Regulated Gene Expression.  Journal of Gerontology Research, 30:631-643.
  • (1995) Porta, A.R. and Margolis, F.L.  Cloning of the S13 Ribosomal Protein from the Catfish, Ictalurus Punctatus Gene, 163:319-320.
  • (1994) Bettini, E., Porta, A.R., Dahmen, N., Wang, H., and Margolis, F.L.  Expressed Sequence Tags (EST) Identify Genes Preferentially Expressed in Catfish Chemosensory Tissues.  Molecular Brain Research, 23:285-291.
  • (1989) Huang, Y., Lee, S., Stoltz, R., Gabrielides, C., Pansini-Porta, A.R., Bruns, M.E., Bruns, D.E., Pike, J.W. and Christakos, S.  Effect of Hormones and Development on the Expression of the Rat 1, 25 Dihydroxyvitamin D3 Receptor Gene: Comparison With Calbindin Gene Expression.  Journal of Biological Chemistry, 263:17454-17461.
  • (1985) Pansini, A.R. and Christakos, S.  Cell-free Translational Analysis of Messenger Ribonucleic Acid Coding for Vitamin D-dependent Rat Renal Calcium Binding Protein.  Endocrinology, 117: 1652-1660.
  • (1984) Sonnenberg, J., Pansini, A.R. and Christakos, S.  Vitamin D-dependent Rat Renal Calcium Binding Protein: Development of a Radioimmunoassay, Tissue Distribution, and Immunologic Identification.  Endocrinology, 115:640-648.
  • (1984) Pansini, A.R. and Christakos, S.  Vitamin D-dependent Calcium Binding Protein in Rat Kidney:  Purification and Physicochemical and Immunological Characterization.  Journal of Biological Chemistry, 259: 9735-9741.
  • (1983) Pansini, A.R. and Christakos, S.  Evidence That Sodium Deprivation Influences Vitamin D-dependent Rat Renal Calcium Binding Protein.  Life Sciences, 33: 1567-1573.
  • (1981) Pansini, A.R. and Tolman E.L.  Enhanced Insulin Secretion and Calcium Uptake by Zucker “Fatty” Rat Islets.  Hormone and Metabolic Research, 13:430-433.
  • (1980) Tolman, E.L., Barris, E., Burns, M., Pansini, A.R. and Partridge, R.  Effects of Vanadium on Glucose Metabolism in Vitro.  Life Sciences,  25:1159-1164.
     
Abstract Publications/Presentations
  •  (2007) Porta. A., Parente, L. and Varghese, S. Characterization of Calbindin and TRPV6 Calcium Channel Knockout Mice, New Jersey Academy of Science 52nd Annual Meeting, Kean University, April 21.(all co-authors are undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (2007) Christakos, S., Dhawan, P., Benn, B., Porta, A. and Zhong, Y.  New Insights into the Mechanisms Involved in the Pleiotropic Actions of 1, 25 Dihydroxyvitamin D3.  International Meeting on Vitamin D, Barcelona, page 46.
  • (2006) Benn, B., Peng, X. Dhawan, P., Porta, A., Parente*, L., Varghese*, S., Hedinger, M., Oh, G.T., and Christakos, S.  Studies Using Null mutant Mice Reveal Active Intestinal Calcium Transport in the Absence of Calbindin-D9K or TRPV6.  American Society for Bone and Mineral Research  (*undergraduate students at Kean Univ)
  • (2003) Canas, P., Patel, U., and Porta, A.  Demonstrating Calmodulin Activation of Phosphodiesterase Using Non-radioactive Methods. Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 48:1, page 21. (all co-authors are undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (2002) Liu, Y., Porta, A., Donnelly, R., Bellido, T., and Christakos, S.  Prevention of Glucocorticoid-Induced Apoptosis in Osteocytes and Osteoblasts by Calbindin-D28K, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 17:S334.
  • (2001) Porta, A. R.  Immunohistochemical Localization of Ictacalcin and Calbindin in Catfish Olfactory Epithelium. The Twenty-third Annual Meeting of the Association of Chemoreception Sciences, Chemical Senses, 26:1108-1109.
  • (2001) Detig, M., Radzniak, L. and Porta, A.R.  Purification and Biotinylation of Endogenous Ictacalcin. Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 46:1, page 11. (all co-authors are undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (2001) Agudelo, C., Caterino, J. and Porta, A.R.  Identification of Ictacalcin Target Proteins in Catfish Chemosensory Tissue. Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 46:1, page 11. (all co-authors are undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (2000) Gajipara, M., Mohanty, E., Shah, M., Vishalakumar, S. and Porta, A.R. Isolation of Catfish Genomic DNA for the Preparation of a Catfish Genomic Library.  Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 45:1, page 20. (all co-authors are undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (2000) Mastropasqua, M., Shah, M. and Porta, A.R. Biotinylation and Detection of Ictacalcin cDNA. Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 45:1, page 20. (all co-authors are undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (1998) Petro, D., Shah, M., Reyes, N. and Porta, A.R.  Effect of Temperature on the Recombinant Expression of Ictacalcin.  Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 43:1, page 18. (all co-authors are undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (1998) Pallarca, B. and Porta, A.R.  Immunohistochemical Localization of Ictacalcin and Calbindin in Chemosensory Tissue of the Channel Catfish, Ictalurus Punctatus. Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 43:1, page 17. (co-author is an undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (1997) Brunette, M.C., Leclerc, M., Porta, A.R. and Christakos, S.  Effect of the Vitamin D-dependent Calcium Binding Protein, Calbindin-D 28K, on Na+ As Well As  Ca++ Transport by the Luminal Membrane of the Renal Distal Tubule.  Journal of Bone and Mineral Research Abstracts, Sept. 10-14, page S334.
  • (1997) Brunette, M.C., Leclerc, M., Porta, A.R. and Christakos, S.  Effect of Calbindin (CaBP) 28K on the Na+ Transport by the Luminal Membrane of the Renal Distal Tubule.  Abstracts of the Tenth Workshop on Vitamin D, May 24-29, page 137.
  • (1997) Federowicz, L., Gallego, N., Linares, R., and Porta, A.R.  Recombinant Expression and Purification of Ictacalcin:  A Novel Calcium Binding Protein from the Channel Catfish, Ictalurus Punctatus.  Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 42:1, page 16. (all co-authors are undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (1997) Alzate, L., Carlini, E., O’Brien, M., Pallarco, B., Sales, M., Ulicke, A., Velasco, J., and and Porta. A.R.  Learning the Relationship Between Protein Conformation and Function Using the Calcium Binding Protein Calmodulin.  Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 42:1, page 16. (all co-authors are undergraduate students at Kean Univ.)
  • (1992) Johnson, J.A., Beckman, M.J., Pansini-Porta, A.R., Christakos, S., Beitz, D.C., Horst, R.L., and Reinhardt, T.A.  Age and Sex Effects on 1, 25 Dihydroxyvitamin D3 Regulated Gene Expression.  FASEB Meetings, Anaheim California, March.
  • (1984) Pansini, A.R. and Christakos, S.  Cell-free Translational Analysis of mRNA Coding For Rat Renal Vitamin D-dependent Calcium Binding Protein.  American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Abstracts, p. A73.
  • (1983) Sonnenberg, J., Pansini, A.R. and Christakos, S.  Vitamin D-dependent Calcium Binding Protein in Rat Kidney:  Development of a Radioimmunoassay and Immunological Identification on Western Blots.  Federation Proceedings Abstracts 42: p.962 (semi-finalist for graduate student competition).
  • (1982) Pansini, A.R. and Christakos, S.  Rat Kidney CaBP:  Purification and Response to Altered Dietary Calcium, Phosphorus and Sodium.  American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Abstracts, San Francisco, California, June.
  • (1981) Christakos, S., Pansini, A.R. and Freund, T.S.  Calcium Binding Proteins and 1,25 Dihydroxyvitamin D3 Binding in Rat Parotid Gland.  Calcified Tissue International, 33:3.
  • (1980) Fu, S.C.J., Alvarez, D., Su, S.W., Wei, A., Pansini, A.R., Wagner, B.J. and Farnsworth, P.N. Rapid Modification of Lens Fiber Protein on Neonatal Rat Eyes.  Investigations in Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 20: 128.
  • (1980) Pansini, A.R. and Tolman, E.L. Calcium and Insulin Hypersecretion by Islets from Zucker “Fatty” Rats.  Diabetes, 29: 2.

10.      Professional Associations

  • New Jersey Academy of Science
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • National Association of Biology Teachers
  • National Council of University Research Administrators
  • American Association of Grant Professionals
  • Council on Undergraduate Research

11.  Service

University

  • Institutional Review Board
  • Faculty Senate Academic Standards Committee
  • Self Study Team for Reaffirmation by Accreditation by Middle States Association
  • Women into Science and Technology Program
  • Service Learning Advisory Board
  • Faculty Senate Research and Grants Committee
  • Project LEAD (Leadership in Education About Diversity)
     

College

  • Dean’s Task Force on Student /Faculty Research
  • Retention and Tenure
  • Interdepartmental Pre-Medical Advisory Committee
  • Biotechnology Masters Degree Task Force Subcommittee
  • Biotechnology Masters Thesis Committee Member for Darren Haliniewski

Departmental

  • Special Funds Committee
  • Social Committee
  • Grievance Committee
  • Seminar Coordinators Committee
  • Independent Scientific Research Committee
  • Research and Creative Works Committee
  • Seminar Committee
  • Biology Five Year Program Review Committee
  • Personnel Relations Committee
  • Honors Program Committee
     
Community
  • Grants In Aid Proposal Evaluator, New Jersey Academy of Science
  • Manuscript Review Panel, Journal of College Science Teaching
  • Manuscript Reviewer, The American Biology Teacher
  • Consultant, Evotek, The Biotechnology Teaching Company
  • Workshop presentations for Women into Science and Technology Program
  • Ridgewood Excellence in Education Committee
  • Co-Chair/Judge, Junior Academy Research Presentations, New Jersey Academy of Science
  • Presenter, Ridgewood Annual Super Science Saturday Science Fair
  • Ridgewood Girl Scout Troop Leader

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last update August 14, 2007