Christos Dimos

Associate Professor and Department Chair,  College of Arts & Sciences

Contact Information
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The key to JWU is we teach them how to [mature] — not just the content and the material, but how to grow as a person.”

Bio

Christos Dimos has always been fascinated with micro and molecular biology. As an undergraduate at Sacred Heart University, he studied the role the HS8A gene played in stress response in a soil amoeba called Dictyostelium discodeum. His Ph.D. research at the University of Rhode Island focused on discovering the function of the Cellulose Synthase-Like D (CSLDs) gene family in the moss Physcomitrella patens by performing targeted gene knockout, RNAi global silencing, and RT-qPCR studies. He also completed a comprehensive polysaccharide labeling study using various monoclonal antibodies and Carbohydrate Binding Modules (CBMs).

While at the University of Rhode Island, Dimos gained extensive teaching experience as a teaching assistant, a passion he brought to Johnson & Wales University to teach General Biology (Cellular) and Microbiology. Dimos is currently developing undergraduate research projects focused on plant-pathogen interactions using the moss P. patens.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ph.D. involved investigating the function of the Cellulose Synthase Like-D (CSLD) gene family in the moss Physcomitrella patens
  • Experience with the following experimental techniques: Northern and Southern Blots, affinity cytochemistry, florescent microscopy, morphometric analysis, transient RNAi systems, moss transformation, vector design and construction, and Reverse Transcriptase quantitative PCR

Sample Courses

  • BIO1011: General Biology: Cellular
  • BIO1015: General Biology Laboratory:Cellular
  • BIO4011: Microbiology
  • BIO4015: Microbiology Laboratory
  • CHM3040: Biochemistry
  • PAS5200: Foundations of Medicine (Immunology & Microbiology Modules)
  • SCI1015: Introduction to Life Science
  • SCI1005: Introduction to Botany

Publications

  • Dimos, C. 2017. “Rhetorical Situations: Scientific Laboratory Writing vs. English Composition.” LifeSciTRC.
  • Dimos, C. 2017. “Introductory Science Laboratory: Writing Activities 1-3.” LifeSciTRC.
  • Dimos, C. and Tainsh, R. 2017. “Scientific Literacy: Primary Research Article vs. Lay Press Secondary Article. LifeSciTRC.
  • Berry, E.A., Tran, M.L., Dimos, C.S., Budziszek, M.J., Scavuzzo-Duggan, T.R. and Roberts, A.W., 2016.  “Immuno and Affinity Cytochemical Analysis of Cell Wall Composition in the Moss Physocomitrella patens.” Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 248. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.00248
  • Roberts, AW, Budziszek, MJ, Dimos, C., Goss, CA, Lai, V. 2011. “Knocking Out the Wall: Protocols or Gene Targeting in Physcomitrella patens,” Zoë A. Popper (ed.), “The Plant Cell Wall: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology,” vol. 715, Springer, Berlin.

Presentations

  • “The Self-Directed Learning Characteristics of College-Level Biology and Health Science Students, ”International Self-Directed Learning Symposium.  Cocoa Beach, Florida, February 7th, 2019
  • “Mobile Learning (mLearning),” Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI, January 11th, 2013.