Dr. Stacie L. Bumgarner

Research Scientist
HHMI Education Group
MIT Department of Biology
B.S./B.F.A, Biology/Fine Arts, University of Michigan
M.A., Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., Molecular Biology, MIT
E-mail: sbumgarn <at> mit <dot> edu

Dr. Stacie Bumgarner is one of the founding members of the Education Group reestablished in September 2010. Stacie has taught undergraduate courses in Genetics and Genetics Laboratory as a lecturer at Boston University and as a lecturer and then Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Suffolk University. Stacie began collaborating as an outside consultant with the Software Tools for Academics & Researchers (STAR) Program in MIT’s Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) when she implemented the educational software tool StarGenetics into her course curriculum while at Suffolk University. She joined the Education Group and OEIT as a Research Scientist in September 2010, and became actively involved as one of the domain specialists helping to develop new educational software with the STAR Program. Within the Education Group, she is engaged in curricular development, outreach, and research to support MIT’s Biology education initiatives. Stacie is a laboratory-trained biologist. She has worked as a researcher in the laboratories of Professor Michael M. Martin (University of Michigan Department of Biology) and Dr. Irene H. Maumenee (Johns Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Disease at the Johns Hopkins Hospital), and she completed her doctoral and postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Professor Gerald R. Fink at the MIT Department of Biology and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Stacie is also a visual artist, generating works in oil, watercolor, charcoal, and with digital technologies.

Selected publications:

Bumgarner, S.L., G. Neuert, B.F. Voight, A. Symbor-Nagrabska, P. Grisafi, A. van Oudenaarden, and G.R. Fink. Single-Cell Analysis Reveals that Noncoding RNAs Contribute to Clonal Heterogeneity by Modulating Transcription Factor Recruitment. Molecular Cell (2012). View Abstract

Bumgarner, S.L., R.D. Dowell, P. Grisafi, D.K. Gifford, and G.R. Fink. Toggle involving cis-interfering noncoding RNAs controls variegated gene expression in yeast. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106: 18321-183216 (2009). View PDF

Halme, A., S. Bumgarner, C. Styles, and G.R. Fink. Genetic and epigenetic regulation of the FLO gene family generates cell-surface variation in yeast. Cell 116: 405-415 (2004). View PDF

Barbehenn, R.V., S.L. Bumgarner, E.F.Roosen, and M.M. Martin. Antioxidant defenses in caterpillars: role of the ascorbate-recycling system in the midgut lumen. J Insect Physiol 47: 349-357 (2001). View Abstract

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