Emma Stein, Ph.D.

Renae Franiuk

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Building and Room Location: Phillips Library 204
Telephone: 630-844-3864
Email Address: estein@aurora.edu

I am deeply enthusiastic about science and feel that the pursuit of knowledge should be anything but boring. I strive to share this enthusiasm with my students to help spark their curiosity, to help them understand how scientific concepts apply to the real world, and to help them build critical-thinking skills that will help them both in their academic endeavors and in their everyday lives. 

PhD, Northwestern University
BS, University of Pittsburgh

Areas of Specialization
Cell biology
Human anatomy and physiology
Neuroscience (neurophysiology, synaptic transmission, learning & memory)

Courses Taught
Biology of Humans
Biology of Cells
Anatomy and Physiology
Senior Capstone in Natural Sciences

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Stein ELA and Chetkovich DM, (2010). Regulation of stargazin synaptic trafficking by C-terminal PDZ ligand phosphorylation in bidirectional synaptic plasticity. J Neurochem. 113(1):42-53.

Hayes EL and Chetkovich DM (2006). Stargazin PDZ ligand phosphorylation is mediated by a proline-directed protein kinase in heterologous cells. Program No. 232.17. 2006 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Atlanta, GA: Society for Neuroscience, 2006. Online.

Hayes EL and Chetkovich DM (2005). The PDZ ligands of stargazin-like TARPs are differentially phosphorylated in vitro. Program No. 949.9. 2005 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2005. Online.