Richelle Monaghan joined Laurier in 2012 as the Head of Science Programming for the Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) in Public Health, and was cross-appointed with the Department of Biology in 2014.
She obtained her PhD in Biology at the University of Waterloo in 2011 by developing cell culture models to study intracellular fungal parasites. During graduate school, Monaghan also obtained her Certificate in University Teaching, and taught Human Anatomy and Neuroanatomy to Biomedical Science and Kinesiology majors. She continues to balance her goals to pursue both cell culture and pedagogical research.
Prior to graduate school, Monaghan was in private practice for 15 years as a regulated health care provider with a clinical focus on acute and chronic pain management.
Monaghan enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, travel, canoe camping, Taekwondo, and learning Spanish.
Monaghan’s research interests are divided between the laboratory and lecture hall. In the lab, her primary focus is developing economically and medically relevant cell lines and developing in vitro models for the study of microsporidian parasites.
An economically relevant project that Monaghan is pursuing is the development of a honey bee cell line. This work is, in part, the impetus for the creation of the Laurier Community Apiary, of which Monaghan is a co-founder.
Monaghan’s pedagogical interests include developing accessible university science programming for the visually impaired, and utilizing knowledge of memory formation to design lectures for optimal student recall. In addition to this, Monaghan is dedicated to the development of evidence based strategies for successful knowledge acquisition of large volumes of information, such as those in anatomical and physiological sciences. The ultimate goal is then for students to use these knowledge bases as foundations for higher order thinking and conceptual learning.
The Monaghan Lab is always looking for dedicated, reliable, innovative and independent Research Assistants interested in cell biology, parasitology and toxicology.
It is a privilege to be accepted to work in a research lab as there is a significant time and resource commitment that goes into training a student. If interested, please email Dr. Monaghan for more information.
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