David Shintani and Nancy Markee take on new roles at CABNR
There are a couple of familiar faces with new titles at CABNR these days.
Dr. David Shintani, a former associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry, has been named the Associate Dean for Resident Instruction at CABNR. David earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Davis, and his Ph.D in biology from Michigan State University.
In addition to teaching Introduction to Biochemistry, David's academic and research interests include work on determining how natural rubber is synthesized in plants. Although natural rubber is essential for many manufactured products, including tires, biochemists have been struggling to figure out its biosynthesis for more than 50 years.
David is working around the problem by using proteomics, genomics and reverse genetic analyses to identify the genes and proteins required for rubber biosynthesis in two plants - guayule and Russian dandelion.
Dr. Nancy Markee, PhD, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno
David came to UNR as a post-doctoral researcher with Dr. Dean Dellapenna and became an assistant professor in biochemistry in 1998. Another familiar face is Nancy Markee, who returns to CABNR's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science after seven years as the Director of the Academic Advising Center.
Nancy, an associate professor, is an ecologist who studies the interactions between humans and the physical and biological environment.
She is particularly interested in conservation issues that have a policy and/or human behavioral component, and the majority of her research focuses on understanding and predicting the relationships between perceptions, attitudes and values and pro-environmental behaviors.
Nancy earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from U.C. Davis, studying first Home Economics, then Consumer Sciences and then Ecology.