Olivia Long, PhD, received her doctorate in Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches Foundations of Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and other Biology classes. She is active in the Allegheny branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ABASM), Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and Tri-Beta a biological honor society. Her research interests include developing and utilizing C. elegans models of human diseases. Specifically, she is interested in identifying molecular modifiers of the disease Alpha-1 Antitrypsin, a common genetic disorder that affects ~ 1 in 2000 Americans. Olivia is also the contact for students interested in Pre-Dentistry.