Alenka Hlousek-Radojcic, Ph.D.


BISC207 - Introductory Biology I
BISC208 - Introductory Biology II

courses available through Sakai course management system


@ Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary (1997-2010)

  • Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Normal Nutrition
  • Special Topics Field Courses

@ University of Richmond (Summer 2002-2004)

  • Microbes
  • Biofrontiers

Additional Information

  • Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal (Jan.-Aug., 2008)
  • Reviewer for Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences, Virginia (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • Member of the Career Advisory Council for the Biotechnology program for Chesterfield Technical Center, Chesterfield, Virginia (2005-2009)
  • Supporting scientist for high school science teachers in Virginia with the StarNet High School Human Genome Sequencing program managed by the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2002-2005)
  • Organizer of the Adopt-A-Stream semiannual river clean-up activities along the Appomattox River for Petersburg - Hopewell area, Virginia (2000-2010)
  • Board Member of the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, Petersburg, Virginia (2004-2010)

Research Interests

I started my professional career by working on the ultrastructural analysis of plastid development using light and transmission electron microscopical methods. Then I joined  a research team that focused on plant fatty acid and lipid metabolism. This enabled me to learn techniques used in molecular biological and biochemical studies of living systems.


  • Integrating Biology Learning Through Investigation, co-PI, NSF-DUE-CCLI (2006-2008)
  • Equipment for Training in Health Sciences, PI, Cameron Foundation, (2004)
  • Faculty Enhancement Travel Grant, American Society for Microbiology (2004)
  • Biotechnology and Environment – Friends or Foes?, PI, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program (2001)

List of Poster Presentations, Lectures, Workshops (selected)

  • Plant Biology 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii - “Partnership for Research and Education in Plants for Undergraduates”, poster
  • 5th Annual Fulbright Alumni Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan -  “The Golden Age of Biology, Our Global Village and Education”, presentation, April 25-27, 2008
  • Once a Fulbrighter, Always a Fulbrighter. A Conference of Fulbright Scholars, Jaipur, India, - “Biotechnology at Tribhuvan University”, presentation, March 17-19, 2008
  • Biotechnology 2007 Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virgnia - “Let’s Make and Use a Biosensor in the Classroom” & “Pharmacologist First Step in a Quest for Miracle Drug”, workshops, July 12 - 21, 2007
  • 2007 National Biotechnology Teacher-Leader Program, Boston, Massachusetts, - series of workshops for science teachers, May 2-7, 2007
  • 2006 Professional Development Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico – “Cooking Up Proteins and Sleuthing Scientists” and “Pennington’s Sweetie Pie and Wheelchair to Waltz (Parkinson’s Disease and GDNF)”, workshops, October 11, 2006
  • 2006 National Biotechnology Teacher-Leader Program, Chicago, Illinois – workshops for science teachers, April 6-9, 2005.
  • 2005 National Biotechnology Teacher-Leader Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – workshops for science teachers, June 16-18, 2005.
  • FALL VABE Meeting: Forensics in Virginia – “What Would Grissom Do?” – co-presenter with Mrs. Frame, workshop, Chesterfield, Virginia September 2005
  • 2005 Promotional and Educational Conference organized by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation - “Genetically Modified Organism – A Dreaded or Blessed Product?” –  invited speaker, Williamsburg, Virginia, September 2005
  • Biotechnology 2005 Conference. Fralin Biotech Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia – “Talkative Bacteria - Eavesdropping on Bacterial Conversations” – workshop, Fralin Biotech Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, July, 2005
  • Virginia Association of Science Teachers Conference - “Plant tissue culture in teaching lab”, Roanoke, Virginia, November 2000
  • Richard Bland College – “Plant Tissue Culture Techniques” – workshop co-hosted with Toby Horn, Petersburg, Virginia, September 2000
  • Richard Bland College – “Fun with GeneBank” – workshop co-hosted, March 2000
  • Adopt-A-Stream project – Petersburg’s Rotary Club Breakfast Meeting, presentation, City of Petersburg, Virginia, March 2000.
  • Virginia Association of Biology Educators Spring Meeting – “Can We Make Plastics in Plants?”, Richard Bland College, Petersburg, Virgnia, 1999

Selected Publications

  • A. Hlousek-Radojcic, H. Imai, and J. Jaworski (1995) Oleoyl-CoA is not an immediate substrate for fatty acid elongation in developing seeds of Brassica napus.  Plant. J. 8; 803-809
  • A. Hlousek-Radojcic, D. Post-Beittenmiller, and J.B. Ohlrogge (1992) Expression of Constitutive and Tissue-Specific Acyl Carrier Protein Isoforms in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 98; 206-214
  • J.B. Ohlroggge, D. Post-Beittenmiller, A. Hlousek-Radojcic, K.M. Schmid, and J. Jaworski (1990) Acyl Carrier Protein as a Probe of the Organization and Regulation of Plant Fatty Acid Synthesis.  J. Cellular Biochem. Supplement 14E; 266
  • Hlousek-Radojcic, M.A. Post-Beittenmiller, and J.B. Ohlrogge (1989) Characterization of Acyl Carrier Protein Genes from Arabidopsis.  Plant Physiol. Supplement 89; 402
  • M.A. Post-Beittenmiller, A. Hlousek-Radojcic, and J.B. Ohlrogge (1989) DNA Sequence of a Genomic Clone Encoding and Arabidopsis Acyl Carrier Protein (ACP). Nucleic Acids Res. 17; 1777
  • A. Hlousek-Radojcic and N. Ljubesic (1988) The Development of Daffodil Chromoplasts in the Presence of Herbicides SAN 9789 and SAN 9785. Z. Naturforsch. 43c; 418-422
  • M.Wrischer, N. Ljubesic, E. Marcenko, Lj. Kunst and A. Hlousek-Radojcic (1986) Fine Structural Studies of Plastids During Their Differentiation and Dedifferentiation. Acta Bot. Croat. 45; 43-54
  • M.Wrischer, A. Hlousek-Radojcic, Lj. Kunst, and N. Ljubesic (1985) Differentiation of chloroplasts in leaves of aurea plants.  In Proceedings of: International Meeting on the Regulation of Chloroplast Differentiation.  G. Akoyounglou, H. Senger, eds. Rhodos, Greece, July 14-20. A.R.Liss Inc. New York, pp. 685-690.
  • A. Hlousek and N. Ljubesic (1985) The Effect of SAN 9789 on Tulip Tree Chromoplasts.  Acta Bot. Croat. 44; 15-18

Associate Professor

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