BiographyKaren Stine decided in grade school that she wanted to be a physicist , and then held that thought through college, where she received a B.S. degree with a double major in Physics and Biology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. An interest in biological processes led her to pursue an M.S. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, where she was distracted from her thesis work on barrier island ecology by her discovery of the existence of toxicology. She followed that interest through to a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with dissertation work in the areas of developmental neurotoxicology and energy metabolism. Thinking that she might like to teach, she then took a position as an assistant professor at Clemson University teaching safety, risk, and toxicology. From there she moved on to Radford University, and then to Ashland University (Ohio) where she spent 19 years teaching courses in biology and toxicology and pursuing research interests in cellular stress and energy metabolism. At Ashland she was also recruited to the dark side of academia (i.e., administration), serving as Director of the Toxicology program and then Chair of the Department of Biology/Toxicology. She went on to serve as Dean of the School of Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery, a position that she held for five years before returning to the faculty in the Department of Biology there. She is now engaged in teaching, research, and writing as Professor of Biology at AUM.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Cell stress and stress proteins