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Naomi Wernick

Naomi Wernick is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at UMass Lowell.
Naomi WernickAssociate Teaching Professor
  • College
    College of Sciences
  • Department
    Biological Science
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3506
  • Office
    Olsen Hall - 523
  • Email

Research Interests

Biology Education: exploring factors that affect the success of students in the transition from high school or community college into a first year introductory biology course for majors


  • Other, (2010), Bentley University - Waltham, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Content Mapping of Undergraduate Biology Textbooks
  • Other, (2009), Children's Hospital Boston - Boston, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Retro-translocation of Cholera Toxin
  • Ph D: Molecular and Cellular Biology , (2005), Brandeis University - Waltham, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Molecular Interactions with the FcRn Cytoplasmic Domain
  • BA: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, (1997), Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The Purification and Characterization of p62

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Susan Pasquale Faculty Award for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning in the Sciences (2014), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • 2011-2012 ASM/NSF Biology Scholar in Residence (Research Residency): The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2011), Teaching - American Society for Microbiology

Selected Publications

  • Wernick, N., Ndung'u, E., Haughton, D., Ledley, F.D. (2014) "Positioning Genomics in Biology Education: Content Mapping of Undergraduate Biology Textbooks.", Journal of microbiology & biology education 15:2 pp. 268-76
  • Wernick, N., Chinnapen, D.J., Cho, J.A., Lencer, W.I. (2010) "Cholera Toxin: An Intracellular Journey into the Cytosol by Way of the Endoplasmic Reticulum", Toxins 2:3 pp. 310-325
  • Wernick, N., De Luca, H.H., Kam, W.R., Lencer, W.I. (2010) "N-Terminal Extension of the Cholera Toxin A1-Chain Causes Rapid Degradation After Retrotranslocation from Endoplasmic Reticulum to Cytosol", The Journal of biological chemistry 285:9 pp. 6145-6152
  • Wernick, N., Haucke, V., Simister, N.E. (2005) "Recognition of the Tryptophan-based Endocytosis Signal in the Neonatal Fc Receptor by the mu Subunit of Adaptor Protein-2", Journal of Biological Chemistry 280:8 pp. 7309-7316

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Biology Education Research: Curriculum Assessment (2011), -
    Wernick, N. (Principal)
  • Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007), -
    Wernick, N.