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Quyen Aoh

  • Associate Professor
    Biology Department

I came to Gannon in 2013 from the southern US. I love learning and often joke that I never left college. You can find me spending my days doing research on human disease with undergraduates and serving the community through my STEM outreach initiative Feeding Minds. I'm also passionate about equity in education, science communication, and  the intersection between science and social and health policy. Outside of Gannon, I'm a mom to two beautiful kids and spend my weekends mass cooking Asian foods, quilting, reading, and gardening (when it's nice outside). 

Recipient of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Course Development Grant in Instructional Innovation, Gannon University, January 2018, $1000

Recipient of Tri-Beta Mentored Student Research Grant with Olivia Haile, Biology Major. “The Role of Ent Proteins in Nitrogen-Regulated Growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.” November 2017, $900

Recipient of Tri-Beta Mentored Student Research Grant with Kasie Inserra, Biology Major. “The Role of SCAMP3 in CXCR4 trafficking.” November 2017, $900

Recipient of Association of Biology Laboratory Education Roberta L. Williams Teaching Grant Initiative. “A Yeast Reporter Assay to Analyze the Effect of Dietary Supplements on Gene Expression.” May 2017, $1456

Recipient Summer Service Learning Institute Course Development Grant in Instructional Innovation, Gannon University, May 2017, $1000

Recipient of Pennsylvania Academy of Science Mentored Student Research Grant with Priscilla Thomas, Biology Major. “The Role of SCAMP3 in CXCR4 Trafficking.” April 2017, $125

Recipient of Pennsylvania Academy of Science Mentored Student Research Grant with Jeremy Santarelli, Biology Major. “The Role of SCAMP3 in β-Amyloid Secretion.” April 2016, $500

Recipient of Pennsylvania Academy of Science Mentored Student Research Grant with Daniel Cooney, Biology Major. “The Role of SCAMP3 in Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP).” April 2016,  $200

Recipient of Pennsylvania Academy of Science Mentored Student Research Grant with Gabbrielle Acosta, Biology Major. “The Role of Ent3 in Put trafficking from the trans-Golgi Network and Endosome to the Plasma Membrane.” April 2016, $500

Recipient of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Course Development Grant in Instructional Innovation, Gannon University, January 2017, $1000

Faculty Advisor and research lab mentor, Gannon University subaward, in collaboration with Penn State Behrend, from the National  Aeronautic and Space Association/Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. Other faculty advisors: Wookwon Lee, H.Rick Diz, Hwidong Kim, Steve Frezza, Lin Zhao, and Qing Zheng, Elisa Konieczko January 2015-May 2016, $20,000.

Recipient of Research Initiation Award. “The Role of Trafficking from the trans-Golgi Network and Endosomes in Cell Survival.” May 2014- April 2016.  Awarded through Gannon University’s NSF-ADVANCE grant, TRANSFORM, $7500

Recipient of Sigma Xi Mentored Student Research Grant with Miranda Thompson, Biology Major. “The Role of SCAMP3 in Regulating Transport from the TGN to the Lysosomes.” May 2014, $500

Recipient of Gannon University Student Government Association Funds with Alex MacFarlane, Biology Major. “Membrane Trafficking in Yeast Cells.” May 2014, $599

Recipient of Tri-Beta Mentored Student Research Grant with Miranda Thompson, Biology Major. “The Role of SCAMP3 in Regulating Transport from the TGN to the Lysosomes.” November 2014, $2087

Recipient of Graduate Student Fellowship, NIH Training Grant (T32) in Cell and Molecular Biology. University of Virginia, 2005- 2007

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIOL122)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory (BIOL 123)
  • Human Genetics (BIOL232)
  • Genetics (BIOL265)
  • Genetics Laboratory (BIOL266)
  • Cell Biology (BIOL 375)
  • Cell Biology Laboratory (BIOL 376)
  • Special Topics: Biology of Cancer (BIOL 493)
  • Special Topics: Science Communication and Youth Mentoring (BIOL 495)
  • Special Topics: Neurodegeneration (BIOL 495)
  • Ph.D., Cell Biology, the University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA; Dissertation:"Regulation of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Trafficking by Secretory Carrier Membrane Protein 3" Advisor: Dr. David Castle; 2009
  • B.S., Biology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA; 2000
  • Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Gannon University (2018- current) 
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Gannon University (2013-2018)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Elon University, Elon, NC (2012-2013)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Mara Duncan, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009-2012)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS)
  • Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER)
  • National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA)
  • Aoh, Q.L., Barger C.L.; Chang, M. (2020) The Feeding Minds and Families Afterschool Program: Small City Partnerships for Informal STEM Learning in Urban Youth. Connected Science Learning, Vol 2 No 4, Dec 2020
  • Buelto, D., Hung, C., Aoh, Q.L.; Lahiri, S.; Duncan, M.C. (2020) Plasma Membrane Traffic Induced by Glucose Starvation requires Gga2 Dependent Sorting at the trans-Golgi Network. Biology of the Cell, 112(11), 349-367.
  • Aoh, Q.L. (2020) A Yeast Reporter Assay to Analyze the Effect of Dietary Supplements on Gene Expression. Advances in Biology Laboratory Education. Volume 41.
  • Acosta, G., Goyal.S., Aoh, Q. (2018) A Review of Potential RNA Therapeutics for Machado-Joseph Disease. BIOS (manuscript accepted for publication in the Fall 2018 volume)
  • Aoh, Q. (2018) Biology in the News: Beginning and Ending the Semester with the Big Picture. Journal of College Science Teaching, Vol 48 (1) 51- 54.
  • Schmitz, A., Conklin, N., Aoh, Q., and Priestap, B. (2018) Inspiring STEM Interest using Foldscope. Connected Science Learning. Connected Science Learning, Issue 7. Retrieved from http://csl.nsta.org/2018/09/inspiring-stem-interest-using-foldscope/.
  • Schmitz, A., Conklin, N., Aoh, Q., (2018) Service Learning through Student Generated Tutorial Videos. Conference Proceedings and Abstract for American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, University of the District of Columbia; Washington D.C. https://peer.asee.org/29486
  • Thomas, P.; Wohlford, D.; Aoh, Q.L. (2016) SCAMP3 is a novel regulator of endosomal morphology. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 478(3):1028-34.
  • Aoh, Q.L.; Hung, C.; Duncan, M.; Energy metabolism regulates clathrin adaptors at the trans-Golgi network and endosomes.  Mol Bio Cell. 2013 March; 24(6):832-847
  • Hung, C.; Aoh, Q.L.; Payne, G.; Joglekar, A.; Duncan, M.C. Adaptor autoregulation promotes coordinated binding within the clathrin coat. J of Biol Chem. 2012 May 18;287(21):17398-407
  • Aoh, Q.L.; Graves, L.M.; Duncan, M.C. Glucose regulates clathrin adaptors at the TGN and endosomes. Mol Biol Cell. 2011 Oct;22(19):3671-83
  • Aoh, Q.; Castle, A.; Hubbard, C.H., Katsumata, O.; Castle, J.D. SCAMP3 negatively regulates epidermal growth factor receptor degradation and promotes receptor recycling.  Mol Biol Cell. 2009 Mar;20(6):1816-32.
  • Liu, L; Guo,Z.; Tieu,Q.; Castle, A.; and Castle, J.D. Role of Secretory Carrier Membrane Protein SCAMP2 in granule exocytosis.   Molecular Biology of the Cell, Vol 13, pg 4266-4278 December 2002

Our lab is focuses on the molecular mechanisms of how membrane traffic is dysregulated in human diseases such as cancer, neurodegenertive disorders, and diabetes. We use mammalian tissue culture cells and the small eukaryotic yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to explore how changes in membrane traffic affect cell survival and metabolism.

  • Student Development Commitee (2014-2017)
  • American Society for Cell Biology, Public Information Committee Member
  • Morosky School of Health Professions and Science Academic Affairs Committee Member
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Phone: 814-871-5413
Office: Z 221

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