HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 16, 2015 – High Point University welcomes Dr. Veronica Segarra as an assistant professor of biology.
Segarra teaches general education courses as well as major courses in the Department of Biology. She is also establishing a new research program in the area of membrane trafficking, a network of pathways that move materials throughout the body’s cells.
“The contents of our cells are in constant motion, and membrane trafficking is responsible for transporting materials to the final destinations where they are needed most,” Segarra says. “My research uses baker’s yeast to investigate new pathways and identify the specific cargo molecules, like proteins, that move along them. This involves genetic manipulation of yeast and observation of fluorescent cargo proteins trafficking throughout the cell.”
Segarra is relocating to High Point from Winter Park, Florida, where she most recently taught genetics, general biology, and health and disease courses as a visiting assistant professor at Rollins College. Her previous experience also includes conducting research as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Miami, and teaching at both Miami Dade College and Manchester Community College.
She says she looks forward to working with students in the biology major as well as those taking introductory courses.
“I will help students appreciate science and the role of biological research in our society while equipping them with basic knowledge to make sound, well-informed decisions about their life and health,” Segarra says. “For students interested in a career in the sciences, I hope to help them identify their scientific interests and give them opportunities to carry out research and become effective science communicators.”
Segarra holds a doctorate and master’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Miami.