Benjamin Linger, PhD

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Dr. Benjamin Linger joined IWU’s Chemistry Department in the fall of 2010.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University.  Following graduate school, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Cancer and Cell Biology Department at the University of Cincinnati before coming to IWU.  Dr. Linger’s primary research interest is the functional analysis of telomeres, protective complexes at the ends of linear chromosomes in eukaryotic organisms. His specific focus is functional characterization of the telomere proteins in the model organism Tetrahymena thermophila.  He is also interested in the development of molecular tools to study protein function and gene expression in T. thermophila.