Guest Speakers Nov. 20, 2019: Dr. Rachel Hirst and Dr. Nicole Cyr from Stonehill

Dr. Rachel Hirst and Dr. Nicole Cyr from Stone­hill Col­lege will be com­ing to present on Novem­ber 20th from 12–1 in S538. Dr. Hirst is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor of biol­o­gy and Dr. Cyr is a pro­fes­sor of biol­o­gy and neu­ro­science.

Dr. Cyr’s Biography

Dr. Cyr joined the Biol­o­gy Depart­ment as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in 2014. She comes to Stone­hill from Brown Uni­ver­si­ty and Rhode Island Hos­pi­tal where she was a post­doc­tor­al research asso­ciate. Her research, which she pre­sent­ed at sev­er­al nation­al meet­ings, focused on bio­med­ical mech­a­nisms reg­u­lat­ing obe­si­ty. Her dis­ser­ta­tion at Tufts Uni­ver­si­ty focused on ver­te­brate endocrinol­o­gy.

Dr. Cyr’s pre­vi­ous teach­ing appoint­ments include Tufts Uni­ver­si­ty where she was an instruc­tor in endocrinol­o­gy and Beloit Col­lege where she taught gen­er­al biol­o­gy and zool­o­gy.

Dr. Cyr is con­tin­u­ing her research of the neu­roen­docrine basis of obe­si­ty. She has two major projects both of which focus on under­stand­ing changes in meta­bol­ic neu­ro­hor­mones dur­ing obe­si­ty and how the path­ways involved could be tar­get­ed for anti-obe­si­ty drugs. In one line of inves­ti­ga­tion, she is research­ing the effect of obe­si­ty-induced endo­plas­mic retic­u­lum stress in the brain on the appetite-sup­press­ing hor­mone alpha-MSH. The oth­er line of inves­ti­ga­tion aims to deter­mine how the enzyme Sir­tu­in 1 reg­u­lates the thy­roid and stress axes.

Dr. Hirt’s Biography

Dr. Hirst joined the Biol­o­gy Depart­ment as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor at her bach­e­lor alma mater in 2011. She comes to Stone­hill from an assis­tant pro­fes­sor­ship at Mas­sas­oit Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege. Before that, she was a post­doc­tor­al fel­low in the Depart­ment of Med­ical Micro­bi­ol­o­gy at Tufts uni­ver­si­ty. She received her Ph.D. in micro­bi­ol­o­gy and immunol­o­gy at Penn State.

Dr. Hirst focus­es her research on genome sequenc­ing and cul­ti­vat­ing STEM path­ways from two year insti­tu­tions to four year uni­ver­si­ties.

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