Dr. Dana Huebert Lima is a teaching associate professor in the Department of Biology. She earned her BA degree in Biological Chemistry at Wellesley College and her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin. Her research has looked broadly at how genes are regulated in response to changes in a cell’s environment. This has included investigating how stem cells change during differentiation and how yeast cells respond to their external environment. While in Wisconsin, Dr. Huebert Lima also trained in teaching and community engagement. She has taught learners of all ages (preschool to retirees), with a special focus on teaching molecular biology and science communication to undergraduates.
Since 2012, Dr. Huebert Lima has taught and advised undergraduates in the Department of Biology at WVU. She has developed several new courses and laboratory exercises, which serve students in majors across the university. She served as associate chair for Undergraduate Studies from 2014-2018. She was awarded the Outstanding Adviser award from the Honors College and the Nick Evans Award for Excellence in Advising from the university. In 2018, Dr. Huebert Lima became the Director of the Honors Experiential and Community Engaged Learning (EXCEL) program.