Ralph A. Sorensen
Campus Box 0392
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
(717) 337 -
BA University of California, Riverside, 1967
PhD Yale University, 1972
Mammalian reproduction, developmental biology, the immune response
I grew up in Southern California and went to college at the University of California, Riverside. The Riverside campus was small and not unlike Gettysburg in class size and faculty interaction. I moved East to attend Yale University for my graduate work. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and three years of teaching at DePaul University in Chicago, I joined the Gettysburg College Faculty in 1977 and have never looked back. I currently teach Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, and Immunobiology to majors. My research interests have focused on the control of faithful meiotic divisions in mammalian oocytes, the failure of which produces such medical conditions as Down Syndrome. I have also worked with students using sea urchin and zebrafish embryos and cancer cell lines.