B.S. Loyola University-Chicago
B.A. Loyola University-Chicago
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Chamberlain concurrently earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology (with minors in Chemistry and Psychology) and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English from Loyola University-Chicago in 2004. After spending a couple years as a lab technician at Midwestern University, she went on to receive a Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Chicago from the department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her doctoral research, under Dr. Lijun Rong, focused on identifying host factors utilized by the Influenza and Marburg viruses using a high-throughput screening process.
Dr. Chamberlain worked as a science writer and editor prior to joining USF. She authored High School Biology Unlocked, 2016 and reviewed/authored Cracking AP Biology, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and several other titles.
Dr. Chamberlain is a member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and the American Physiological Society (APS).
1- What are the physiological effects of cannabinoids, unique compounds found in the cannabis plant? What is the role of the human endocannabinoid system and how can it be modulated to eliminate or attenuate physiological pathologies?
2- How does the interplay between bacteria and viruses dwelling in and on humans contribute to our overall health? Can the microbiome bacterial communities be modulated by tinkering with the microvirome and vice versa? What is the result of this on human physiology?
To aid in her research, she is intending to utilize zebrafish as a model system.
Collaboration and student research welcome!