Teresa R. Strecker
Dedman College 2021
Teresa Strecker, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, joined SMU in 1996. She earned her B.S. in Biology at the University of Washington and her PhD in Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She carried out her Post-doctoral work as an American Cancer Society Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and taught at Pomona College where she earned the Wigg Distinguished Professorship for Teaching Excellence Award and was an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator. Her research in the area of Developmental Genetics in Drosophila melanogaster has been funded by the American Cancer Society, NSF, NIH and the Beckman Foundation and has been published in Science, Development, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1996, she began her teaching career at SMU during which she has been nominated twice by students for the HOPE Professor of the Year award, served on the Health Professions Recommendation Committee and served as faculty advisor for the national pre-health honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. After developing one of the first online courses in the Sciences at SMU, she has co-authored over 75 research reports with her students and collaborator, Dr. Eva Oberdorster, in the field of plant and mammalian Genomics.