Dr. Anique Olivier-Mason

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Technical Instructor
MIT Department of Chemistry
B.A., Oberlin College
Ph.D., Brandeis University

E-mail: aniqueom <at> mit <dot> edu

As of August 2012, Anique Olivier-Mason is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute technical instructor at MIT. Through Cathy Drennan’s HHMI Education Laboratory, she and Beth Taylor work on initiatives for “Improving Chemistry Teaching and Mentoring Nationwide.”

Anique is a laboratory-trained biologist, having completed her doctoral research in Molecular and Cellular Biology in the laboratory of Piali Sengupta at Brandeis University. Prior to Brandeis, Anique had the unique experience of working as a criminalist for the New York City Forensic Biology Laboratory at the OCME, where she examined evidence and did DNA typing from crime-scene samples.

In the Drennan Education Group, Anique will be involved in graduate student TA training at MIT and Brandeis and the development of high school teaching materials for two successful initiatives. Both initiatives take minimal class time and are designed to supplement fundamental chemistry and biology concepts: 1) a series of short videos featuring scientists from all academic levels discussing how they use basic chemical principles in their research with a focus on practical application and 2) a series of biology and medicine related examples for general chemistry lecture. Please contact Anique if you are interested in using either the videos or examples in your classroom. Questions about forensic lab-work are welcome as well.

Related websites:

Biology and Medicine Related Examples for General Chemistry Lectures (2010)
MedEdPORTAL URL: http://www.mededportal.org/publication/8080

Coming attractions: The new Drennan HHMI Education Laboratory website will debut in the Fall of 2012.

Selected education-related publications:

Olivier-Mason, A, Wojtyniak, M, Bowie, R, Blacque, O, Sengupta, P. The integral membrane protein OSTA-1 shapes sensory cilia morphology via regulation of intracellular membrane trafficking in C. elegans. Submitted to Development.

Wright, KJ, Baye, LM, Olivier-Mason, A, Mukhopadhyay, S, Sang, L, Kwong, M, Wang, W, Pretorius, PR, Sheffield, VC, Sengupta, P, Slusarski, DC, Jackson, PK. (2011) An ARL3-UNC119-RP2 GTPase cycle targets myristoylated NPHP3 to the primary cilium. Genes and Development 25(22): 2347-60. View PDF

Merrikh, H, Ferrazzoli, AE, Bougdour, A, Olivier-Mason, A, Lovett, ST. (2009) A DNA damage response in Escherichia coli involving the alternative sigma factor, RpoS. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 13;106(2): 611-6. View PDF


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