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Meet the Science Posse

Don Roth, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biology,


School of Energy Resources Associate Director for Academics,


Director of the Biomedical Sciences Program,


Director of the K-12 Science Posse 

Dr. Don Roth is a professor of molecular biology. With a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Tech, Don has taught classes as a Professor of Molecular Biology, in Virology, Replication/Transcription/Translation, Developmental and Molecular Cell Biology and Cloning and Sequencing. He currently teaches the Foundations of Scholarship and Discovery.

His research seeks to understand mechanisms regulating cellular responses to virus infection, especially related to control of protein synthesis. He has published over 50 referred journal articles, patents and book chapters and has mentored numerous masters and doctoral graduate students.

From 2003-2009, he was Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Wyoming. Currently, he is Associate Director for Academics of the School of Energy Resources and Director of the Biomedical Sciences Program as well as the director of the Science Posse program.

The Science Posse began with an NIH-sponsored program that had a biomedical focus and an NSF-funded program that encompassed all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) areas. The Science Posse is currently supported by a second NSF grant which emphasizes energy and water quality and with funds from the School of Energy Resources. The Science Posse engages graduate students, teachers, students and communities to increase societal literacy in the sciences.

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