Assistant Professor - Biology
Ph.D. Montana State University-Bozeman
College Teaching Certificate, Montana State University-Bozeman
B.A. Carroll College
Areas of Interest
Osteoarthritis, biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, cellular mechanotransduction, mechanobiology
Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Biological Principles II Lab
Originally from Minnesota, Alyssa moved to Helena, Montana to attend Carroll College. While at Carroll, she completed an undergraduate research experience with Dr. Caroline Pharr in the Chemistry Department working to synthesize an organic light-emitting diode. Alyssa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carroll College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology with the intent to pursue graduate school.
Alyssa moved to Bozeman, MT to pursue her doctorate in Dr. Ronald June’s Medical Mechanotransduction Laboratory at Montana State University. Her research focused on using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry based global metabolomic profiling to generate metabolic phenotypes of osteoarthritis (OA) in human synovial fluid in search of identifiable biomarkers of disease. She also studied cellular mechanotransduction in the context of OA, researching the effect of short- and long-term joint loading on synovial joint metabolism as a non-pharmaceutical intervention to slow or halt the progression of OA. In addition to her doctorate, she earned a College Teaching Certificate in the Higher Education Department at MSU with an emphasis in Teaching in STEM and Distance-Delivered Education.
Alyssa returned to Helena in the fall of 2018 to join the Life and Environmental Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor of Biomechanics. At Carroll, Alyssa teaches a combination of lectures and labs for Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Comparative Anatomy, and Biological Principles I and II. Her interdisciplinary Biomechanics Research Program will build off her graduate studies, using metabolomics-based methods to study osteoarthritis and mechanobiology. Students in her research group will cross a variety of disciplines, including biology, biochemistry, cell biology, data science and bioinformatics, and bioengineering.
Outside of her professional life, Alyssa enjoys exploring the outdoors and frequenting Montana’s many breweries with her fiancé. She loves trail running and hiking in the mountains surrounding Helena, fly fishing the Missouri and the Blackfoot rivers, and skiing at as many ski areas as possible in the winter months.