Stefanie DeVito, Ph.D.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on scientific teaching and improving undergraduate biology education. I am interested in the design, implementation, and assessment of active learning techniques, especially for introductory biology courses. I am also interested in student metacognition, and researching how to improve the study skills and habits of freshman. Having a biochemistry and general chemistry education background, I am also interested in integrated biology and chemistry for freshman, and designing and measuring the effectiveness of activities and lab that are centered around the interdisciplinarity of biology and chemistry.

Laboratory Science: My earlier research interests were focused on how viral infection altered the kinetic rates of metabolic pathways of the host cell.

Current Projects

Development of an Integrated Interdisciplinary Module for Integrated BISC207/Chem107 - We are working on the development of a laboratory module that will incorporate multiple key themes of biology and chemistry while allowing students to explore their own research question using a common model organism.

Coaching Reflective Practice with Learning Journals - We are exploring the efficacy of weekly learning journal assignments in coaching metacognitive, critical and organizational skills as well as the affect and motivation required for students to become reflective practitioners.

Grants: CTAL Instructional Improvement Grant (2018)

Selected Publications

  • DeVito, SR, Ortiz-Riafio E, Martinez-Sobrido L, Munger J. Cytomegalovirus-mediated activation of pyrimidine biosynthesis drives UDP-sugar synthesis to support viral protein glycosylation. PNAS. 2014 Dec 16;111(50):18019-18024.
  • Ortiz-Riaiio E, Ngo N, Devito SR, Eggink D, Munger J, Shaw ML, de la Torre JC, Martinez­ Sobrido. 2013. Inhibition of Arenavirus by A3, a pyrimidine biosynthesis inhibitor. J. Viral. 2014, Jan; 88(2): 878-8 89.
  • Guo S, Olm-Shipman A, Walters A, Urciuoli WR, Devito SR, Nadtochiy SM, Wojtovich AP, Brookes PS. 2012. A cell-based phenotypic assay to identify cardioprotective agents. Circ Res. 110(7): 948-957

Assistant Professor

Phone: (302) 831-6729

Email: sdevito@udel.edu

Office: 402G ISE Lab

Education

  • B.S. - State University of New York at Binghamton
  • M.S. - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
  • Ph.D. - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
  • Postdoctoral - University of Kansas