Alison Krufka

  • 1436 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
1991 …2020

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Research interests

Research Expertise: 
Discipline Based Education Research | Evolution and development of the lateral line system | Urea cycle function and evolution

My research focuses on effective ways to integrate scientific skills, authentic inquiry, and an understanding science into undergraduate curricula. I am working on three projects that incorporate scientific skills and inquiry into the classroom: 1) integration of biology and engineering through development of inquiry based cell culture technology and biomaterials lab modules, 2) study of the effective implementation of the CREATE approach to teaching the process of scientific inquiry through directed analysis of primary literature, and 3) the development/assessment of a scientific skills based transfer student course.

I am investigating the evolution and embryonic development of lateral line system using threespine stickleback. We seek to understand how adult variation in the number and size of neuromast sensory organs are generated during embryonic development. I also am interested in the evolutionary conservation of urea cycle genes. We hypothesize the urea cycle genes function in  embryos prior to the formation of ammonia excretion pathways and protect the developing brain from the breakdown of yolk proteins. The conservation of urea cycle genes from fish to mammals allows us to study urea cycle disorders and the toxicity of hyperammonemia on brain development using the zebrafish model.

Member of:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society for Cell Biology
Society for Developmental Biology

Recent Academic Projects:
I serve as the Program Director of the Cumberland County College Bridge to Rowan University NIH-sponsored Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor

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Projects

Research Output

  • 1436 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Review article
Open Access
  • Integrating CRISPR-Cas9 technology into undergraduate courses: Perspectives from a National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop for undergraduate faculty, June 2018

    Wolyniak, M. J., Austin, S., Bloodworth, L. F., Carter, D., Harrison, S. H., Hoage, T., Hollis-Brown, L., Jefferson, F., Krufka, A., Safadi-Chamberlin, F., Santisteban, M. S., Soneral, P., Van Winkle, B. & Challa, A. K., 2019, In : Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 20, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations
  • 2 Scopus citations

    Expression pattern and biochemical properties of zebrafish N-acetylglutamate synthase

    Caldovic, L., Haskins, N., Mumo, A., Majumdar, H., Pinter, M., Tuchman, M. & Krufka, A., Jan 22 2014, In : PloS one. 9, 1, e85597.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Scopus citations

    Developmental regulation and expression of the zebrafish connexin43 gene

    Chatterjee, B., Chin, A. J., Valdimarsson, G., Finis, C., Sonntag, J. M., Choi, B. Y., Tao, L., Balasubramanian, K., Bell, C., Krufka, A., Kozlowski, D. J., Johnson, R. G. & Lo, C. W., Jul 2005, In : Developmental Dynamics. 233, 3, p. 890-906 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 26 Scopus citations