Professor Elaine Radwanski earned her Ph.D. in genetics and development at Cornell University in 1995. After earning her B.A. in biological sciences from Mount Holyoke College and M.S. in botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she switched career paths and spent several years working as a programmer/analyst, systems analyst, and forecast analyst in academia, insurance, and aerospace.
When her mathematician husband accepted a tenure-track position at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., she became the college's first Grants Officer and also taught a wide range of courses in the biology department. Upon her return to graduate study in plant genetics and molecular biology, she was awarded both the Plant Science Center Fellowship and the NIH Genetics Trainee Award.
While at Cornell, she taught undergraduate genetics laboratory, as well as graduate-level plant genetics and plant virology. After receiving her doctorate, she joined the Department of Plant Breeding and Biometry at Cornell as a postdoctoral associate, where her research focused on disease resistance in peppers.
Prof. Radwanski joined the Carthage faculty in 1997. She was named the Carthage Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2012.
"Elaine Radwanski has a way of motivating and challenging all of her students. I never would have thought so deeply about biology without her knowledge and inspiring attitude toward science and life."
Kelsey Blumer, '13
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