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Melissa Srougi

Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences


Dr. Srougi joined the faculty in the Biotechnology Program and the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) in July 2019. Dr. Srougi is a trained cancer biologist. Her research, conducted side by side with undergraduates, focuses on DNA damage-inducible Rho GEFs and NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) bioactivatable quinones for precision targeting of human cancers with elevated NQO1 levels. In addition, her pedagogical research examines collaborative peer-learning and growth mindset interventions to improve critical thinking and student learning outcomes in STEM courses. Dr. Srougi has scientific publications with undergraduate co-authors, has developed and taught a wide variety of inquiry-based, college-level science courses, and published/presented a number of peer-reviewed papers in the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has a love for inquiry-based teaching methods, performing research with undergraduates, and scientific outreach.

This fall Dr. Srougi will be teaching the lecture and laboratory course BIT 100 (sec 001Q/201Q) Current Topics in Biotechnology. BIT 100 is open to both STEM and non-STEM majors and fulfills a general education requirement in the natural sciences. The course discusses current scientific issues and how they impact our society. Dr. Srougi integrates the Think and Do spirit as students not only discuss the science but also put it into practice as scientists themselves with inquiry-based hands-on labs. Dr. Srougi is committed to providing a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment to all students, where everyone can learn and grow from each other. Her hope is that students leave her class as responsible citizen scientists.