Assistant Professor of Biology
- Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
- B.A. Saint Olaf College in Chemistry and Norwegian
Assistant Professor of Biology, teaches courses in the areas of genetics, molecular biology, and microbiology. His research interest focuses on the fact that implanted medical devices – such as catheters, artificial joints, and artificial heart valves – are associated with elevated rates of bloodstream infection. Specifically, he seeks to elucidate the adherence and biofilm formation mechanisms of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans, the major fungal pathogen of humans.
Dr. Finkel received his BA from Saint Olaf College in Chemistry and Norwegian, and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
As a graduate student he was award a National Institute of Health (NIH) Kirschstein National Research Service Award, and as a post-doctoral fellow he was awarded a NIH Kirschstein National Research Service Award F32 and a National Science Foundation First IV teaching fellowship.
As a professor at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar he was award a National Priority Research Program grant from the Qatar National Research Fund.
Dr. Finkel is joining the Biology Department in the Fall of 2016.