Newly Tenured Professor Rachel Mitton-Fry
Denison University's Board of Trustees recently has awarded tenure to eight members of the faculty. Those who have been granted tenure and who will be promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2018 are Hanada Al-Masri, Jason Busic, Sam Cowling, Hollis Griffin, Ayana Hinton, Regina Martin, Rachel Mitton-Fry and Steven Olmschenk.
“We are thrilled to welcome these outstanding teachers, excellent scholars, and engaged members of the Denison community to the ranks of our tenured professors,” said Denison Provost Kim Coplin. “These faculty are committed to deep knowledge of their disciplines, and to excellence in their pedagogy and mentoring of our students.”
Mitton-Fry joined Denison's Chemistry and Biochemistry Department in 2011, following a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University. She received her bachelor's from Carleton College and her doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
At Denison, she teaches courses in general chemistry, intermediate biochemistry, and advanced topics in nucleic acid research. Her research interests include structure-function relationships in non-coding RNA elements. Current work in the Mitton-Fry laboratory focuses on RNA thermometers, RNA elements that affect gene expression levels in response to temperature variation.
Mitton-Fry has a strong commitment to working with undergraduates on this research, both in the summer and throughout the academic year. Her research has been supported by a grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.