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Aikaterini Skokotas

aikaterini-skokotas
Title Faculty
Program / Dept. Associate Professor, Biology
Phone (610) 527-0200 x2371
Email askokotas@rosemont.edu

Aikaterini Skokotas, PhD is an Associate Professor of Biology and has been a faculty member at Rosemont College since the fall of 1997. She has been the Biology Department Chair since 2002 and has served on numerous faculty committees, such as the Curriculum Committee, Faculty Council, Assessment Committee and Professional Development Committee. Her area of expertise is Cell and Molecular Genetics and she teaches the following courses: Life Science I lecture and laboratory, Genetics lecture and laboratory, Microbiology lecture and laboratory, Molecular Genetics lecture and laboratory, Immunology, Virology, Senior Seminar and Undergraduate Research. She also teaches a graduate level course, Medical Microbiology at Arcadia University for the Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Skokotas received the Lindback Award for Distinguished teaching in 2008 and was awarded tenure in 2011.

Research

Her research interests include the study of regulation of meiosis in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This work is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Edward Winter at Thomas Jefferson University. As a result of this work, numerous students have conducted research in her lab and have presented their work at various local and national meetings. Five of these presentations have received awards. It has also led to three publications, two in the journal of Molecular Cell Biology and one in the Proceedings of the Annual Conference for Biology Laboratory Education.

Education

Rutgers University, 1989 - BA in Biology

Drexel University, 1995 - PhD
PhD thesis: “The isolation and characterization of mutants of Tus, the replication arrest protein of E. coli and the identification of its replication arrest domain”

Wistar Institute, 1995-1997 - Post-doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Skokotas' research examined the use of the Herpes Simplex Virus in treating brain tumors.

Recent Publications:

  1. Daniel Corbi, Sham Sunder, Michael Weinreich, Aikaterini Skokotas, Erica S. Johnson, and Edward Winter (2014). Control of exit from meiotic prophase in yeast by multisite phosphorylation of the Sum1 transcriptional repressor. Molecular Cell Biology, 34, 2249
  2. Marcus Shin, Aikaterini Skokotas and Edward Winter (2010). The Cdk1 and Ime2 Protein Kinases Trigger Exit from Meiotic Prophase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by Inhibiting the Sum1 Repressor, Molecular Cell Biology, 30, 1682
  3. Aikaterini Skokotas and Edward Winter (2010). Regulation of meiosis in S. cerevisiae, Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, the Proceedings of the Annual Conference for Biology Laboratory Education, Volume 31

Awards

  • Poster presentation received first prize award in the Biological Science Section (2017)James Hughes, Nathan Navarro, Elizabeth Walton, Christopher Cortes, Edward Winter, and Aikaterini Skokotas. The role of dityrosine in the protection of Saccharomyces cerevisiae spores from UV light. 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, Poster 55
  • Poster presentation received first prize award in the Biological Science Section, (2016) Aaron Pinninti, Elizabeth Walton, Archana Ganta, Brendan Dougherty, Krista Vadaketh, Edward Winter, and Aikaterini Skokotas. Developing a switchable system to induce synchronous meiosis in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, Poster 213
  • Poster presentation received second prize award in the Biological Science Section (2014) Saarah Hussain, Hailey Summa and Aikaterini Skokotas. Assessing the role of sunscreens against UV light. Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, poster 156
  • Poster presentation received award in the Undergraduate Section, (2010) Disha Shah, Fizza Hashmi, Marcus Shin, Noreen Ahmed, Edward Winter and Aikaterini Skokotas. Analysis of sum-1 regulation by Cdk1 during meiosis in S. cerevisiae. Thomas Jefferson University Sigma Xi Student Research Day, poster 44
  • Poster presentation received second prize award in the Biological Science Section, (2009) Winifred Wolfe, Nidha Azam and Aikaterini Skokotas. Regulation of meiosis in S. cerevisiae via PKA. Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, poster 48