Dawne M. Page, Ph.D.

Co-Chair, Department of Biology
Professor Emeritus of Biology

Dr. Dawne Page joined the faculty of PLNU in 2002 and became chair of the Department of Biology in 2009. She enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and she has a long-term interest in teacher professional development. Her research interests are in the field of immunology.

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  • Ph.D., Immunology, University of California, San Francisco
  • B.S. Honors, Biochemistry, Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught

  • Research Methodology – BIO 3001
  • Genetics – BIO 3045
  • Immunology – BIO 3090
  • Internships – BIO 4090 
  • Immunology Section - MIMS 6003 (PA Students)
  • Microbiology & Immunology –  BIO 6060 (Grad Course)
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology – BIO 6062 (Grad Course)
  • Perspectives on Science – BIO 6092 (Grad Course)

Experience in Field

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego, 1990 – 1994
  • Research Scientist, University of California, San Diego, 1994 – 2002
  • Director of SEASAND, the Science Education Association of San Diego, a California Subject Matter Project, 2000 – 2009
  • Director of the HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Grant, PLNU, 2004 – 2010
  • PI, NIH R29 First Award, 1995 – 2000
  • PI, NSF Major Research Instrumentation Award, 2006 – 2008
  • PI, NSF: “B Cell Development and Activation in Danio Rerio,” 2011 – 2015
  • Co-PI, NSF-SSTEM: “Scholarships to Support STEM Majors Computational Sciences Minors," 2015 – 2020

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Director of SEASAND, the Science Education Association of San Diego, a California Subject Matter Project, 2000 – 2009
  • Reviewer: National Science Foundation, Cell Biology Education

Awards and Honors

  • San Diego Science Alliance Sustainable Program Partnership Award for Perspectives on Science Seminar Series, 2008
  • Award for Excellence in Science Education, San Diego Science Education Association, 2004

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Botts R.T., Page D.M., Bravo J.A., Brown M.L., Castilleja C.C., Guzman V.L., Hall S., Henderson J.D., Kenney S.M., Lensink M.E., Paternoster M.V., Pyle S.L., Ustick L., Walters-Laird C.J., Top E.M., Cummings D.E. (2023) Polluted wetlands contain multidrug-resistance plasmids encoding CTX-M-type extended-spectrum β-lactamases. Plasmid 126:102682.
  • Page, D.M., et al. (2013). An Evolutionarily Conserved Program of B Cell Development and Activation in Zebrafish. Blood. 122: e1-e11.
  • Li, R., and D. M. Page (2001). Requirement for a Complex Array of Co-Receptors in the Negative Selection of Autoreactive Thymocytes in Vivo. J. Immunol. 166: 6050-6056.
  • Page, D.M. (1999). Regulation of Thymic Selection and Autoreactivity by Co-Receptors Involved in T Cell Activation. J. Immunol. 163:3577.
  • Page, D.M., et al. (1997). TNF Receptor-Deficient Mice Reveal Startling Differences Between Several Modes of Thymocyte Negative Selection. J. Immunol. 160:120-133.
  • Page, D. M., Y. Tokugawa, J. Silver, and C. L. Stewart. (1997). Role of Thy-1 in T Cell Development. J. Immunol. 159:5285-92.
  • Page, D.M., Kane, L.P., Allison, J.P., and S.M. Hedrick. (1993). Two Signals are Required for Negative Selection of CD4+CD8+ Thymocytes. J. Immunol. 151:1868.