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Melissa Antonio, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office Phone: (951) 552-8629
E-mail: mantonio@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 469
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology University of California, Riverside 2010
B.S. Biological Sciences University of California, Riverside 2005

Courses Taught

Principles of Biology with Lab (BIO143, 143L);
Developmental Biology with Lab (BIO324, 324L);
Genetics (BIO313);
Biology Research Seminar (BIO380);
Biology Capstone (BIO499)
Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology (BIO430)
Marine Science/Topics in Marine Science with Lab (SCI120/413)
Field Practicum (GSC495)


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

Research/scholarly interests include topics in Development Biology, Cancer Biology, Creation vs. Evolution, and improvements in STEM education


Teaching Experience

University of California, Riverside - 2008


Research, Presentations, & Publications

Owraghi M, Broitman-Maduro G, Luu T, Roberson H, Maduro MF. 2010. Roles of the Wnt effector POP-1/TCF in the C. elegans endomesoderm specification gene network. Dev Biol. 2010 Apr 15;340(2):209-21. Epub 2009 Oct 7.

Broitman-Maduro G, Owraghi M, Hung WW, Kuntz S, Sternberg PW, Maduro MF. 2009. The NK-2 class homeodomain factor CEH-51 and the T-box factor TBX-35 have overlapping function in C. elegans mesoderm development. Development. 2009 Aug;136(16):2735-46. Epub 2009 Jul 15.

Xiaoyu Z, Payal B, Melissa O, Zanello LP. 2007. 1alpha,25(OH)2-vitamin D3 membrane-initiated calcium signaling modulates exocytosis and cell survival. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2007 Mar;103(3-5):457-61. Epub 2007 Jan 8.

Antonio, M. 2012. Genetics and Human Origins. The 67th Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation: Science, Faith, and the Media: Communicating Beyond Books, San Diego, California.

Owraghi M, Cervantes S, Broitman-Maduro G, Maduro M. 2007. Evidence for parital MS specification in tbx-35 mutants and pop-1, end-3 double mutants. 16th International C. elegans Meeting, University of California, Los Angeles.

Owraghi M, Maduro M. 2009. A partial E to MS restoration in pop-1 end-1 end-3 triple mutant embryos. 17th International C. elegans Meeting. University of California, Los Angeles.

Maduro M, Broitman-Maduro G, Hung W, Owraghi M. 2009. The Homeodomain protein CEH-51 and the T-box factor TBX-35 share function in specification of the MS blastomere. 17th International C. elegans Meeting. University of California, Los Angeles.


Church Membership & Activities

Magnolia Center Church of Christ--involved in worship team; taking care & teaching 2-3 year old children; mentoring and ministering to members & non-members of the church


Community Service & Involvement

Regional Editor for OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences

National Academies Fellow in Undergraduate Education


Personal Philosophy

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Jeremiah 29:11