Dr. Marcia Harrison
Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Harrison is a professor in the Department of Biological
sciences with research interests in plant and cell biology.
She was the Principal Investigator of NSF-funded
innovative networking effort between female STEM
faculty working with administrative partners to
foster institutional change. The Program has been
instrumental in developing university-level best
practices for recruitment, new faculty orientation,
and faculty retention. She is also the
Principal Investigator of the Program, a National
Science Foundation grant titled,
Mathematical Biology Research at Marshall University
which mentors undergraduate students in year-long mathematical biology research projects.
Research: Dr. Harrison studies the environmental
regulation of plant growth and gene expression in the
genetic model organism for plants, Arabidopsis thaliana.
She is also involved in the development of a mathematical
approach to the analysis of tissue growth, based on digital
images taken during the growth process.
Teaching: Dr. Harrison's undergraduate
courses include core courses for biology majors, Principles
of Biology and Principles of Cell Biology. In her upper level and graduate courses, Plant Physiology, student teams work on
independent projects that are presented in a poster session at the
Marshall University Sigma Xi Research Day.
Dr. Harrison is the Communications Director for the
West Virginia Academy
of Science. She was a member of the West Virginia
Review Team for Next Generation Science Standards.
University Service: Dr.
Harrison's committee efforts
are dedicated to
enhancing undergraduate research and achievement at
Marshall University. Dr. Harrison chairs the
University Chapter of the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium
which provides over 20 student research scholarships annual. She is the current President of the
University Chapter of Sigma Xi, which host the annual
research day on campus. She is Public Relations
Officer for the Marshall University Chapter of the national
collegiate honor society,
For more information,
contact Dr. Marcia Harrison