Positions

Overview

  • As an educator and researcher my goal is to create engaging, inquiry based, fun learning environments within my classroom or laboratory for students to learn, grow and reach their personal and professional goals. As a faculty member in the Biomedical Sciences Program, I work to integrate science education and professionalism throughout my courses, which include Cell Biology and the Senior Capstone Course. My research spans both basic science—studying sexual dimorphism in cellular metabolism—and education—better understanding how undergraduate research facilitates transferable skill development-- and these projects both directly impact my teaching and research mentorship.
  • Selected Publications

    Research Overview

  • My undergraduate student laboratory studies the role of sex hormone regulation on metabolism and obesity, particularly in males, females and females with low levels of estrogen, as seen in the post-menopausal period. My current project utilizes my expertise in measuring mitochondrial function from tissues. Further, with collaborators from Emory University, who specialize in analyzing cellular metabolomics, we plan to assess specific cellular metabolites. Understanding the sexual dimorphic differences in mitochondrial function, metabolomics and physiological changes will help elucidate the role of sex hormones in metabolism. I enjoy bringing trainees to conferences where they can practice professionalism and communicating scientific work. Overall, I hope to conduct high impact translation research while training and mentoring the next generation of biomedical researchers, particularly supporting women in science and medicine.

    As I mentor students in basic science, I have often wondered what skills the students are learning—not just the science skills. This has led me into the study of teaching and learning (SoTL) research field. I am interested in understanding and quantifying transferable skill development through undergraduate research. The transferable skills learned through research are key in future student success in professional schools and their future careers. This research is focusing on defining the parameters of a true “undergraduate research experience” and how to best assess what skills students learn through the research process. This exciting research drives me to be a better mentor in my basic science research and improves my teaching of course based research classes, such as the Capstone course.
  • Teaching Overview

  • My goal as an educator is to engender a love of science in all students I meet. I work to engage students in the content by creating active learning activities, utilizing team and team-based assignments and use varied technologies to increase student participation and appeal to different student learners. I facilitate critical thinking by encouraging students to read scientific literature and interpret experimental results related to topics discussed in class—my particular favorite is literature related to mitochondria. Further, I hope to instill professionalism within my students. I incorporate transferable skill development into my courses by offering professional development sessions by UAB career services, increasing student written and oral communication and assisting students in improving their teamwork skills. To ensure biomedical sciences students’ success in the future, my teaching increases scientific content, develops transferable skills and creates a well-rounded adult who are professional school or career ready.
  • Teaching Activities

  • BMD320 - Surv of Cell Biology for HP (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • BMD330 - Clin Microbiology for HP (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • BMD330 - Clin Microbiology for HP (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • BMD497 - Dir BMD Research Studies (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • CDS301 - Microbiology Lab for Hlth Pro (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • BMD320 - Surv of Cell Biology for HP (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BMD320 - Surv of Cell Biology for HP (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BMD475 - Capstone Experience in BMD (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BMD497 - Dir BMD Research Studies (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • GRD715 - TA Training Course (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BMD330 - Clin Microbiology for HP (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BMD475 - Capstone Experience in BMD (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BMD475 - Capstone Experience in BMD (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BMD497 - Dir BMD Research Studies (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • CDS301 - Microbiology Lab for Hlth Pro (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BMD320 - Surv of Cell Biology for HP (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD320 - Surv of Cell Biology for HP (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD475 - Capstone Experience in BMD (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD497 - Dir BMD Research Studies (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD202 - Surv of BioMed Sciences Lit (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD202 - Surv of BioMed Sciences Lit (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD202 - Surv of BioMed Sciences Lit (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD330 - Clin Microbiology for HP (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD330 - Clin Microbiology for HP (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD475 - Capstone Experience in BMD (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD475 - Capstone Experience in BMD (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD497 - Dir BMD Research Studies (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BMD320 - Surv of Cell Biology for HP (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • BMD320 - Surv of Cell Biology for HP (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • BMD490 - Directed Readings in BMD (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • BMD497 - Dir BMD Research Studies (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology / Experimental Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2014
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics, York College of Pennsylvania 2009
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016
  • Full Name

  • Samantha Giordano-Mooga