Stephanie Stockwell

Stephanie Stockwell, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. She obtained her BS in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her PhD in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College. Her doctoral and current research is focused on the genetic determinants associated with the agriculturally significant symbiotic relationship between soybean and soil bacterium, Bradyrhizobium japonicum. In particular, she uses genetic tools to characterize the molecular dialogue that occurs between cells during the plant infection process. Recent articles can be found in the journals of Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, Virology, and the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. Other scholarly interests include emerging biotechnologies, contextualized course design, and pedagogical best practices for fostering inclusivity and integration in science. Dr. Stockwell has received two teaching awards, one of which recognized her excellence in the integration of scholarship and teaching.

Modern Biotechnology: Defining and Solving Human Problems

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Stephanie Stockwell

Biotechnology is a fascinating interdisciplinary field uniquely poised to take on some of the world’s most complex problems. With this thesis at its core, Modern Biotechnology: Defining and Solving Human Problems takes a refreshing problems-based approach to exploring the field. Novice readers will come away with a broad appreciation for the significance of current and emerging biotechnologies—from regenerative medicine, to genetically enhanced crops, to biofuels.