Dana Huebert Lima, Ph.D.
Dr. Huebert Lima teaches Cellular/Molecular Biology (BIOL 219, BIOL411), Epigenetics (BIOL415), Science Communication (BIOL315) and Science and Society (BIOL298 Honors). These courses are designed to teach both biological content and transferable scientific skills. Dr. Huebert Lima’s educational philosophy is founded in the idea that students at all levels should become creative and critical thinkers who understand how biological models and tools fit into broad social and scientific contexts.
Dr. Huebert Lima also advises honors biology students.
Dr. Huebert Lima works to expand scientific research to the broader community. At WVU, this has included giving talks about genetics and epigenetics with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, designing and presenting activities for K-12 students and adults and judging local and regional science fairs. Whenever possible, students in her classes are encouraged to develop activities that engage public audiences and address social issues. She is also the faculty advisor for the WVU chapters of MEDLIFE, UNICEF and O-STEM.
Research InterestsDr. Huebert Lima’s research has focused on epigenetic regulation of gene expression. Early in her career, she investigated how the position and types of histone modifications contributed to gene expression and cell differentiation. Her Ph.D. thesis research (University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2011) explored the interaction between nucleosome position, transcription factor binding and mRNA expression genome-wide as yeast responded to environmental changes.