MAC Rolls Out General Genetics Class this Spring
Dr. Stephanie Knebel, a new instructor to MAC’s Science Department, will be starting a course in general genetics in the spring semester, which begins Jan. 13.
In response to growing demand for expanded education in biotechnology, Mineral Area College is starting a class in general genetics this spring.
MAC’s spring semester begins Jan. 13 and students are registering for classes right now. More information on classes, financial aid, and programs and courses can be found at www.MineralArea.edu.
MAC’s newest addition to the Science Department who will be teaching the class, Dr. Stephanie Knebel, said the genetics field is growing. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Missouri is home to a bio-science industry that employs 51,252 workers.
“We teach our students that DNA is the building block of life, and the study of genetics explores what happens in living organisms due to what the DNA dictates,” Knebel said. “The identification of the mechanisms that control or alter gene activity is fundamental in a society that uses biotechnology.”
Students majoring in pre-med, biology and pharmacy will find the class of particular interest, Knebel said.
“We’ll be covering bacterial, plant and animal genetics, gene therapies, genetics and cancer, and recombinant DNA technology,” she said. “It’s really an exciting and interesting field, when you get into DNA amplification, splicing, gene cloning. It’s a fertile area of science, and you only need to have taken general biology to take general genetics.”
Knebel came to the college this semester from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, where she taught pharmacology and toxicology.
She is a member of American Physiological Society, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine, and the Microcirculation Society. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the biological sciences from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and her doctorate in pharmacological and physiological science from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Between her master’s and doctorate, she managed a cancer research lab at Saint Louis University.
For more information on the general genetics class, contact Knebel at (573) 518-3846.