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Gaurav Arora

Associate Professor

Science, Technology, Accessibility, Mathematics, and Public HealthBiology

N314 Hall Memorial Building

202-651-5812

202-651-5385 (alt)

About

Gaurav Arora received his Ph.D. in Biology from Georgia Institute of Technology. His doctoral thesis focused on understanding the evolutionary differences between human and chimpanzee apoptotic function. He was also involved in looking at the effects of small insertion and deletion sequences between human and chimpanzee genomes. While at Georgia Tech, Dr. Arora entered a fellowship program for training undergraduate teaching assistants. It was during this time that he developed a strong interest in undergraduate biology education.

Dr. Arora conducted his post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Anne Rosenwald’s lab at Georgetown University. He is involved with the Genome Solver project , which aims to improve undergraduate bioinformatics education. Using bioinformatics tools, Dr. Arora ‘s current research looks at the effects of overlapping open reading frames in yeast genomes and the role of microbiome in ecological systems. Dr. Arora is involved with synergistic activities of the American Society of Microbiology and with the Genomics Education Partnership at Washington University ion St. Louis.

EDUCATION:

University of Mumbai, India                           Chemistry (Hons.)                B.Sc., 1999

University of Mumbai, India                           Biochemistry                        M.Sc., 2001

Georgia State University, Atlanta GA              Biology                                MS, 2006

Georgia Institute of Technology,Atlanta GA     Biology                                Ph.D., 2011

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  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2017/01)(01)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2016/02)(01)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2016/01)(02)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2017/01)(02)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2015/02)(02)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2015/01)(03)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2019/02)(03)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2015/01)(91)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2015/02)(91)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2020/01)(92)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2017/02)(92)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2015/02)(93)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2015/01)(94)
  • BIO-107 Prin of Bio for Sci Majors I (2018/01)(02)
  • BIO-107 Prin of Bio for Sci Majors I (2018/01)(91)
  • BIO-107 Prin of Bio for Sci Majors I (2020/01)(91)
  • BIO-202 Internship in Biology (2018/01)(01)
  • BIO-202 Internship in Biology (2018/02)(01)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2018/02)(01)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2018/02)(91)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2018/02)(92)
  • BIO-295 Special Topics (2019/02)(02)
  • BIO-411 Human Genetics (2019/01)(01)
  • BIO-411 Human Genetics (2020/01)(01)
  • BIO-495 Special Topics (2018/01)(01)
  • BIO-711 Human Genetics (2019/01)(01)
  • BIO-711 Human Genetics (2020/01)(01)
  • GSR-230 Scientific and Quantitative Re (2019/02)(01)
  • GSR-230 Scientific and Quantitative Re (2017/02)(07)
  • ITS-110 Programming Fundamentals (2016/01)(01)
  • ITS-110 Programming Fundamentals (2017/01)(01)
  • ITS-110 Programming Fundamentals (2018/01)(01)
  • ITS-110 Programming Fundamentals (2019/01)(01)
  • ITS-110 Programming Fundamentals (2016/02)(01)
  • ITS-110 Programming Fundamentals (2017/02)(01)
  • ITS-110 Programming Fundamentals (2018/02)(01)
  • ITS-295 Special Topics (2019/02)(01)
  • ITS-295 Special Topics (2019/02)(02)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2020/02)(03)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2020/02)(91)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2020/02)(92)
  • BIO-242 Evolution (2020/02)(01)
  • HSL-899 Independent Study (2020/02)(02)
  • BIO-202 Internship in Biology (2020/03)(OL1)
  • BIO-107 Prin of Bio for Sci Majors I (2021/01)(91)
  • BIO-202 Internship in Biology (2021/01)(01)
  • BIO-411 Human Genetics (2021/01)(01)
  • BIO-711 Human Genetics (2021/01)(01)
  • STM-403 Senior Capstone (2021/01)(02)
  • Advising Load 2020/02: Total:5 Undergraduate:5
  • Advising Load 2020/01: Total:5 Undergraduate:5
  • Advising Load 2019/02: Total:6 Undergraduate:6
  • Advising Load 2019/01: Total:6 Undergraduate:6
  • Advising Load 2018/02: Total:6 Undergraduate:6
  • Advising Load 2018/01: Total:4 Undergraduate:4
  • Pre- and post-tunnel comparison of nitrogen and microbial community dynamics of Anacostia River, D.C.
  • Analysis of Bacterial and Algal Diversity in the Anacostia River
  • Analysis of Bacterial and Algal Diversity in the Anacostia River
  • Examining the effect of nutrients on algal communities in the Anacostia River
  • Assessing the effectiveness of the Anacostia River tunnel in reduction of eutrophication.
  • Genome Solver On‐the‐Go: Creating Local Support Networks for Bioinformatics Instruction.
  • The Presence of Phage Orthologous Genes in Helicobacter pylori Correlates with the Presence of the Virulence Factors CagA and VacA
  • Identification of genes in Candida glabrata conferring altered responses to caspofungin, a cell wall synthesis inhibitor
  • The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis in Undergraduates
  • The Genome Solver Project: Faculty Training and Student Performance Gains in Bioinformatics’
  • Genome Solver On TheGo: Creating Local Support Networks for Bioinformatics Instruction
  • Identification of Candida glabrata mutants with altered sensitivity to Caspofungin, a β-glucan synthase inhibitor
  • Presence of phage genes in Helicobacter pylori correlates with presence of pathogenicity
  • Identification of genes in the pathogenic fungus, Candida glabrata conferring altered responses to Caspofungin that are also responsible for maintaining cell wall integrity
  • Next-Gen Genome Solver: faculty development in Bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary and functional analysis of dubious open reading frames suggest a functional role in yeast genomes
  • Analyzing student learning using bioinformatics course modules as a platform for student engagement in research
  • Genome Solver: Creating a Community Science Project in Bioinformatics
  • Listeria monocytogenes shows evidence of horizontal gene transfer
  • Evidence for Student Learning in Bioinformatics
  • Faculty training and student learning in bioinformatics
  • Evidence of Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bacterial Species Yersinia
  • Next-Gen Genome Solver: From Training To Community Science Projects
  • Listeria monocytogenes shows evidence of conserved domains transferred from its virus
  • Relationship and Origins of ARF Family Proteins
  • Genome Solver: Student Learning in Bioinformatics After Faculty Training
  • Genome Solver: Building faculty skills in Bioinformatics
  • Shifts in the Microbial Community of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC due to the implementation of the Anacostia River Tunnel
  • Using Bioinformatics activities to understand the Past and Present of SARS-CoV2
  • Next-Gen Genome Solver Project- (National Science Foundation)
  • Examining genetic microbial diversity to monitor pathogens and toxins in the Anacostia River, DC- (DC Water Resources Institute)
  • Faculty Development Grant- (Faculty Development Committee)
  • Emelia Beldon-Biology (Honors) 2020/01-2020/02
  • Patrick Muller-Biology Department, University of Cabrini, PA (Masters) 2019/01-2019/02
  • Council on Graduate Education: Member 2020/01-2020/02
  • Tenure and Promotion Committee: Member 2021/01
  • Internship Co-ordinator 2017/03
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology 2015/02-2016/02
  • Faculty of Color Coalition 2017/01-2020/01
  • Local organizing chair for the American Society of Microbiology’s Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASM-CUE): American Society for Microbiology 2015/01-2015/03
  • The Allied Genomics Conference: Orlando, Florida 2015/03-2015/03
  • The Allied Genomics Conference, District of Columbia 2019/02
  • American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASM-CUE), Maryland 2015/03-2015/03
  • American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASM-CUE): Denver, Colorado 2016/03-2016/03
  • American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASM-CUE): August 2015-PRESENT
  • The Genetics Society of America: June 2017
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