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Faculty Feature - Melinda Harrison, PhD

Posted on 8/8/2018 3:57:26 PM

Melinda Harrison, PhD, began teaching at the University in August 2008, making this year her 10th Melinda Harrison helping students in science labanniversary at
Cabrini. She teaches many different courses including undergraduate and graduate biochemistry, analytical chemistry, science and society, and forensics. Harrison’s research centers on bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) and focuses on protein studies within the phage genomes. Her secondary research interests include wine chemistry and heavy metal metabolism.

What is your go-to advice for Cabrini
In your first year figure out what works for you to succeed in your classes then take
advantage of clubs/sports/other organizations that you are passionate about. Lastly, ENJOY YOURSELF; make sure to take a break and do something fun.

What was your first job or service experience?
My first job was working as a checkout cashier at a grocery store. 

What is your favorite (or go-to) on-campus meal?
Santa Fe Turkey sandwich; Jazzman's (now Cabrini Bean).  

When you’re not on campus how do you like to spend your free time?
Running, yoga, gardening, refurbishing old furniture, and spending time with my family

What is your favorite family tradition and why?  
Vacationing at my family’s lake house because it is surrounded by nature; peaceful and removed from all technology 

What are two things still left on your bucket list?
Traveling to Vienna, Austria with my family to show my daughter the city she was named after (Vienna) and touring various regions of Iceland.