I am an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State’s Salem Campus. Working at Salem reminds me of the positive experiences I had as a student because I began my own undergraduate education at a regional campus of Penn State. I completed my B.S. in biology at Penn State Behrend, and earned my Ph.D. in molecular biology from Case Western Reserve University.
In the classroom, I enjoy teaching biology courses for students entering our nursing and radiology programs. I also like sharing my enthusiasm for science in courses for our non-science majors.
In the lab, I study the biological effects of ultrasound (high-frequency sound) by using microscopic C. elegans worms as a model organism. A talented group of undergraduate researchers and I have found that therapeutic ultrasound alters worm movement, reproduction, and survival. We are now investigating subtler forms of ultrasound-induced damage and repair.
Honors Human Genetics
Anatomy & Physiology Lecture
Anatomy & Physiology Lab
Structure & Function Lecture
Structure & Function Lab
Life on Planet Earth
Lab Experience in Biology
Steele LM, PG Morgan. 2018. General Genetic Strategies. In: Eckenhoff R & Dmochowski I, Ed. Chemical and Biochemical Approaches for the Study of Anesthetic Function Part A. Methods in Enzymology 602:113-132. [Abstract]
Steele LM, MM Sedensky. 2018. Approaches to Anesthetic Mechanisms: The C. elegans Model. In: Eckenhoff R & Dmochowski I, Ed. Chemical and Biochemical Approaches for the Study of Anesthetic Function Part A. Methods in Enzymology 602:133-151. [Abstract]
Morgan PG, R Higdon, N Kolker, AT Bauman, O Ilkayeva, CB Newgard, E Kolker, LM Steele, MM Sedensky. 2014. Comparison of proteomic and metabolomic profiles of mutants of the mitochondrial respiratory chain in Caenorhabditis elegans. Mitochondrion. 2014 Dec 18. pii: S1567-7249(14)00187-1. [Epub ahead of print] [Abstract]
Gentry, KR, LM Steele, MM Sedensky, PG Morgan. 2013. Early developmental exposure to volatile anesthetics causes behavioral defects in Caenorhabditis elegans. Anesthesia & Analgesia 116:185-9. [Abstract]
Steele, LM, MM Sedensky, PG Morgan. 2010. Alternatives to Mammalian Pain Models I: Use of C. elegans for the Study of Volatile Anesthetics. In: A. Szallasi (Ed.). Methods in Molecular Biology - Analgesia. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, Inc. pp. 1-17. [Abstract]
Steele, LM, PG Morgan, MM Sedensky. 2007. Genetics and the Mechanisms of Action of Inhaled Anesthetics. Current Pharmacogenomics 5:125-141. [Abstract]
Bondarenko, VA, LM Steele, A Újvári, DA Gaykalova, OI Kulaeva, YS Polikanov, DS Luse, VM Studitsky. 2006. Nucleosomes Can Form a Polar Barrier to Transcript Elongation by RNA Polymerase II. Molecular Cell 24:469-479. [Abstract]
Sigma Xi, Genetics Society of America, National Association of Biology Teachers
Full-Time Faculty of the Year, Kent State Salem Campus (2016)
Research Funding, KSU’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (CA Legge, $500)
Research Funding, KSU’s University Research Council ($3500)