Melissa Marcucci’s “aha” moment came when she was an undergraduate Biology major at Boston University participating in an internship at an Army base. “I was a research assistant working on military projects that tested gear for soldiers in the desert,” Marcucci recalled. “My work mattered for the wellbeing of the soldiers. From that point on, I knew I wanted to stay in research.” And so she did: in between earning her master’s and doctoral degrees, she starting working with Dr. Gerald Shulman at Yale University, where she still conducts research on insulin resistance in Type II Diabetes.
Her connection with Yale and her work on the research bench benefits USJ students as they prepare for careers in science. “Research enhances student learning,” she said. “My research makes the content of my lectures real, because I give real-life examples of cutting-edge science and how this could impact a clinical disease.”
Marcucci’s love of science goes back as far as she can remember, but her love of teaching was inspired by her graduate work: “One of the best parts of my doctoral program at Yale was working as a teaching assistant with the undergraduates. I knew then I wanted combine teaching with research.”
USJ offered the perfect setting. “I appreciate the fact that I’m a role model for these young women and they view me as someone who is approachable and knowledgeable,” Marcucci said. “Through them I can see what I was at their age — a first generation college student — and I can help shape them to become all that they can be.”
Ph.D., Cell Biology, Yale University
M.S., Physiology, Boston University
B.A., Psychology, Boston University