Dr. Dani Taylor

Faculty Member

Dr. Dani Taylor

Biography

I have been teaching at UVU since 2016. I have taught courses in Cell Biology, College Biology I, Histology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Student Seminar, in addition to College Biology I Labs and Physiology Labs. I completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral IRACDA fellowship that focused on formal pedagogical training in addition to neuroscience research. I believe my role as an instructor is to help students not only find their passion but also to make significant learning gains in my courses to help them succeed in the rest of their college careers and beyond. I encourage students to engage in the material as well as with each other in the classroom and gain confidence in applying their gained knowledge to solve real-world problems or think in different ways.

I also support undergraduate research and currently have multiple projects underway_ (1) Investigations of Alzheimer’s Disease using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. (2) Investigations of Angelman Syndrome using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism and employing pharmacological interventions for resulting epilepsy. (3) Investigations of sub-lethal levels of the pesticide imidacloprid using Apis mellifera and Drosophila melanogaster as model organisms while looking at the effects in wing muscle mitochondria as well as serotonergic fibers in the bee gut.

Education

Ph D, Arizona State University, 2014

Major: Neuroscience

BS, Arizona State University_ Barrett Honors College, 2009

Major: Psychology, Physiological focus

Teaching

BIOL 1610

Biology 1610 Syllabus, Fall 2021

BIOL 3400

Cell Biology, Fall 2021

BIOL 3400

Cell Biology, Fall 2021

BIOL 1610

College Biology I BB, Fall 2021

BIOL 489R

Student Research, Fall 2021

BIOL 3400

Cell Biology, Spring 2021

ZOOL 4300

Histology, Spring 2021