Dr. Christine Sestero received her B.S. in Biology from The College of Idaho in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Microbiology at Idaho State University in 2006. Following the receipt of her degree, Dr. Sestero began her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Chander Raman, Professor of Medicine at UAB, examining the role of T cell activation in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease. In 2009, Dr. Sestero joined the MERIT Program with Dr. Rosianna Gray, Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences at Stillman College, serving as her MERIT Teaching Mentor. As a MERIT Scholar, Dr. Sestero’s research has culminated in four original manuscripts either in press or submitted for publication. At Stillman College, she provided guest lectures and tutored undergraduates in several biology courses; she also developed and conducted a new, advanced immunology course.
Dr. Sestero completed her MERIT Program training in August, 2012 and accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biology at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL. The University of Montevallo is one of only 26 public liberal arts universities in the US. It has emerged as a national leader in liberal arts education and has been recognized in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges.