Gerra L. Bosco, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Education:Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Chicago, 2006
B.S., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Pittsburgh, 2000
It may seem odd to have a biochemist in the English department, but as someone who as always embraced cross-disciplinary study and thought, it's a logical place for me. I have always been a writer, so in addition to teaching Science Writing at Duquesne, I work as a freelance Scientific Writer/Science Education Content Developer. This means that I help create science education materials for kids K-college; it's awesome. I've worked with John Pollock at Duquesne on his Regenerative Medicine Partnership in Education (http://sepa.duq.edu/forms/index.php5), and now work for David Yaron at CMU on the ChemCollective (http://www.chemcollective.org/).
When I'm not working, you'll find me making music as the lead singer/bassist of the local rock band, The Ele[mental] (http://reverbnation.com/theelemental), hanging out with my amazing wife and daughter, kayaking, running trails, and drinking craft beer.
I teach 3 sections of Science Writing. The main goal of the course is for students to be able to communicate science at a professional level. Students pick from a range of controversial and interesting topics to research, write about, and present their findings to the class. Classes are usually light-hearted, but loaded with useful info.
G.L. Bosco (2011). James L. Waters Symposium 2011 Report: Imaging in the modern age. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 30, Issue 8, Pages 1189-1211
G.L. Bosco (2010). James L. Waters Symposium 2010 Report: The development of LC-MS - the marriage of the bird and the fish. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 29, Issue 8, Pages 781-794.
G.L. Bosco (2010). James L. Waters Symposium 2009 on near-infrared spectroscopy. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 29, Issue 3, Pages 197-208.
G.L. Bosco, M. Baxa, T.R. Sosnick (2009). Metal binding kinetics of bi-Histidine sites used in Psi-analysis: Evidence for high energy protein folding intermediates. Biochemistry, Apr 7;48 (13):2950-9.
J. Cannon, C. Labno, G. Bosco, A. Seth, M. McGavin, K. Siminovitch, M. Rosen, J. Burkhardt (2001). WASP Recruitment to the T Cell:APC Contact Site Occurs Independently of Cdc42 Activation. Immunity, Volume 15, Issue 2, p249-259.