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

I have always been fascinated with micro and molecular biology. As an undergraduate at Sacred Heart University, I studied the role the HS8A gene played in stress response in a soil amoeba called Dictyostelium discodeum. My 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. I also completed a comprehensive polysaccharide labeling study using various monoclonal antibodies and Carbohydrate Binding Modules (CBMs).

While at the University of Rhode Island, I gained extensive teaching experience as a Teaching Assistant. I brought my passion for teaching to Johnson & Wales University, teaching General Biology (Cellular) and Microbiology. I am currently developing undergraduate research projects focused on plant-pathogen interactions using the moss P. patens.

Areas of Expertise

  • My PhD involved investigating the function of the Cellulose Synthase Like-D (CSLD) gene family in the moss Physcomitrella patens.
  • I have 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.