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The Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research

Mary Farwell, Director of Undergraduate ResearchMaryFarwell
Dr. Farwell received her ScB in Biology with Honors from Brown University, where she did undergraduate research on aldosterone metabolism in rats.  She then went on to University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her PhD in biochemistry.  Her dissertation work was on protein synthesis in bacteria.  She was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Chemistry and in 1994 became an Assistant Professor at ECU, Department of Biology. Dr. Farwell has trained 15 graduate students and 47 undergraduates.  Her work on cell death in breast cancer cells has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, as well as the American Cancer Society and the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center.  She currently has grant funding from the National Science Foundation to support scholarships and a living-learning community for biology and biochemistry majors. In 2010 she was promoted to full professor in the Biology Department where she continues to teach and mentor students.