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Rivka L Glaser , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences | Fine School of the Sciences
Rivka Glaser
Contact
443-384-9644
Office Location
  • Kevin J. Manning Academic Center
  • Room N 115
  • Owings Mills North Campus
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Education

  • Ph.D., Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2004
  • B.A., Biology, Goucher College, 1995

Professional Experience

  • STEVENSON UNIVERSITY
  • Assistant Professor of Biology
    2015-present
  • STEVENSON UNIVERSITY
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
    2013-2015
  • STEVENSON UNIVERSITY
    Adjunct Professor of Biology
    2006-2013
  • MASSACHUSSETTS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    2004-2006
  • UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY
  • TOWSON UNIVERSITY
  • JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    Adjunct Faculty

Research

Genetic diseases are often thought about only in terms of the direct impact they have on phenotype.  Yet many genetic disorders have a psychosocial component that is often overlooked, but that can significantly impact one's quality of life.  I am interested in exploring the psychosocial ramifications of living with genetic disorders, particularly in neurofibromatosis, an autosomal dominant genetic disorder of the nervous system.

My other research interest is in genetics education and identifying misconceptions that students have about genetic topics such as complex diseases and the best ways in which these topics can be communicated to students.

Publications

  • Dwyer T, Glaser RL, Mason T.  (2015) Inheritance patterns in human phenotypes and types of genetic disorders.  In:  Kasper S, Schneidereith TA, and Lashley FR (eds) Essential of Clinical Genetics in Nursing, Second Edition. Springer Publishing Company.

  • Yoon SR, Qin J, Glaser RL, Wang Jabs E, Wexler NS, Sokol R, Arnheim N, Calabrese P. (2009) The ups and downs of mutation frequencies during aging can account for the Apert syndrome paternal age effect.  PLoS Genet 5(7): e1000558. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000558.

  • Glaser RL and Morison IM. (2009). Equality of the Sexes? Parent-of-Origin Effects on Transcription and de novo Mutations. In: Krawetz, S Bioinformatics for Systems Biology. New York: Humana Press. 485-514.

  • Wyrobek AJ, Eskenazi B, Young S, Arnheim N, Tiemann-Boege I, Jabs EW, Glaser RL, Pearson F, Evenson D (2006) Advancing age has differential effects on DNA damage, chromatin integrity, gene mutations, and aneuploidies in sperm. Proc Nat Acad Sci 103:9601-9606

  • Glaser RL, Ramsay JP, Morison, IM (2006) The imprinted gene and parent-of-origin effect database now includes parental origin of de novo mutations. Nuc Acids Res 34:D29-31
  • Glaser RL, Jabs EW (2004) Dear Old Dad. Sci Aging Knowl Environ 3, re1 2004
  • Glaser RL, Broman KW, Schulman RL, Eskenazi B, Wyrobek AJ, Jabs, EW (2003) The paternal age effect in Apert syndrome is due in part to the increased frequency of mutations in sperm.  Am J Hum Genet 73:939-947
  • Kelley RI, Kratz LE, Glaser RL, Netzloff ML, Miller Wolf L, Jabs EW (2002) Abnormal sterol metabolism in a patient with Antley- Bixler syndrome and ambiguous genitalia. Am J Med Genet 110:95-102
  • Glaser RL, Jiang W, Boyadjiev SA, Tran AK, Zachary AA, Van Maldergem L, Johnson D, et al (2000) Paternal origin of FGFR2 mutations in sporadic cases of Crouzon syndrome and Pfeiffer syndrome. Am J Hum Genet 66:768-777
  • Glaser RL, Horsepool K, Simhai H, Yosef R (1998) The effects of disturbance on migrant waders at Eilat, Israel. Sandgrouse 20 (1):30-36

Teaching

BIO 113, General Biology I:  Cell Biology and Genetics

BIO 230, Genetics

BIO 365, Indepedent Research in Biology

Highlights

Presentations

  • Glaser R and Zimmer E (2016) "Best Practices Roundtable" at ASHG's Undergraduate Education Faculty Workshop, Vancouver, BC
  • *Singman D, McNairn J, Iannone VJ, and Glaser R (2016) "Attitudes towards Facial Transplants Among Individuals with Neurofibromatosis", National Conference on Undergraduate Research Annual Conference,  April 2016
  • Bowling B, Glaser R, and Zimmer E (2015)  “Using Case Studies to Bring Big Data into the Classroom” at ASHG’s Undergraduate Genetics Education Faculty Workshop, Baltimore, MD
  • Glaser RL (2015)  “Metacognition and Critical Thinking using Journaling,” at Wiley EdTech Focus Group, Hoboken, NJ,
  • Glaser RL, Zimmer E (2013) “Genetics Curricula:  How do we splice and package it?” at ASHG’s Undergraduate Genetics Education Faculty Workshop, Boston, MA

ABSTRACTS

  • *Singman D, McNairn J, Iannone VJ, and Glaser R (2016) "Attitudes towards Facial Transplants Among Individuals with Neurofibromatosis", American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, November 2016
  • *Singman D, McNairn J, Iannone VJ, and Glaser R (2016) "Attitudes towards Facial Transplants Among Individuals with Neurofibromatosis", National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, October 2016
  • *Singman D, McNairn J, Iannone VJ, and Glaser R (2016) "Ramifications of Neurofibromatosis on Self-Esteem." National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, October 2016
  • *Greer, T, LaDana C, Barros-Nuñez P, di Rocco F, Collet C, Jabs EW, Glaser RL  Establishing a paternal age effect for Crouzon syndrome with acanthosis nigricans.  62nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, San Francisco, CA, Nov 6-10, 2012.
  • *Glaser RL, Schulman RL, Jabs EW.  Molecular evidence for the paternal age effect in sperm.  Abstract #1127.  52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, Baltimore, MD, October 15-19, 2002

*indicates publication or presentation with an undergraduate co-author

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