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Catherine S Key
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Assistant Professor
(919) 530-5365
(919) 530-7773
2246 Mary M. Townes Science Building


Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Undergraduate and Graduate Advisee
Research Mentor


Dr. Cathy Silver Key hails from the Mid-west: born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She received the Muriel E. Babcock Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Biological Sciences upon graduating magna cum laude with her B.S. in 1988. She worked for 1 year as a research technician at Washington University in St. Louis on the Human Genome Project before moving to North Carolina to pursue her Ph.D. in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Upon completing her Ph.D. in 1997, she joined the Biochemistry Department at Duke University for a short post-doc. When twins came into her life she transferred to Elon University to teach as an adjunct for 2.5 years. In 2001, she returned to UNC-CH as a Post-doctoral fellow in the Seeding Post-doctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) program which gave her the opportunity to begin research on the Developmental Genetics of Drosophila melanogaster and teach at a variety of institutions including NCA&T State University. In 2005, she joined the faculty at NCCU where she continues her research on a gene important for DNA replication (NIH/NIGMS funded research), and two collaborations which focus on nanoparticles (Dr. Bang EEGS) and genomics (Dr. Elgin Wash U)- she aims to publish in these areas. She also is involved in developing education tools to be implemented in her Genetics, Techniques and Development courses- resulting in 2 science education publications.


PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1997
BS University of Missouri St. Louis 1988