Hough, Colleen
Associate Professor - Biology - Molecular Bio Tech
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Last Updated: 1/25/19 -


  • BS, Biology, University of California, Irvine
  • MS, Microbiology, Washington State University
  • PhD, Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Molecular Genetics of Ovarian Cancer, National Institute on Aging, NIH


  • Utah State Crime Lab, Criminalist II, Biology Section
  • Prolexys Pharmaceuticals, Scientist I, High-throughput Cloning Section
  • Hunstman Cancer Institute, Research Faculty, Ob/Gyn Department, University of Utah
  • College of Mines and Earth Sciences, Research FacultyDepartment of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Utah
  • Biotechnology Program, Adjunct Professor, Salt Lake Community College
  • Idaho Technologies (now BioFire), Research Scientist, Research and Development

Courses taught

  • BTEC 1010 (Intro to Biotech)
  • BTEC 2040 (Advanced Nucleic Acids)
  • BIOL 3550 (Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 3400 (Cell Biology)
  • The occasional journal club and seminar class


My main goal as a UVU faculty member is to educate and train future leaders in the biotech, biology, and health care professions.  As the Biotech Internship Advisor, I feel it is imperative students are fully prepared for their foray into the real world of science and biotech. Our Biotech Program does just that, and we are always working towards new, innovative ways to educate students. I have a strong connection to the Salt Lake Community College Biotech Program and to InnovaBio, the contract research organization functioning on both campuses. I highly encourage students to take the opportunities for high caliber training offered there. I also interact with Biotech instructors throughout both Utah and Salt Lake Valleys, through workshops and conferences, to enhance the concurrent enrollment experience for both students and teachers. 
When I am not focused on curriculum and outreach, I work with students on various research projects in the lab.  My main interest is in junction proteins and tumors, specifically Claudins and epithelial ovarian cancer.  However, students are also encouraged to present ideas for experiments they would like to do to satisfy their own curiosity.