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Northwest Missouri State University

Gretchen Thornsberry

Gretchen Thornsberry



1412 CIE


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2009

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Genetics, North Carolina State University, 2003
  • B.S. Biology, College of Charleston, 1995

Courses Taught

  • General biology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nanoscale Science II

Academic Interests

  • Adapting molecular biology experiments for introduction into freshman level biology courses
  • Biofilm formation in Staphylococcus and  Staphylococcus

Scholarly Activity

  • Geiger-Thornsberry, G L  and TFC Mackay.  2004. Quantitative trait loci affecting natural variation in Drosophila longevity.  Mechanisms of Ageing and Development  125: 179-189.
  • De Luca, M,  NV Roshina, GL Geiger-Thornsberry, RF Lyman, EG  Pasyukova, and TFC Mackay.   2003. Dopa-decarboxylase affects variation in Drosophila longevity. Nature Genetics 34: 429-433.
  • Geiger-Thornsberry, G L  and T FC Mackay.  2002.  Association of single nucleotide polymorphisms at the Delta locus with genotype-environment interaction for sensory bristle number in Drosophila melanogaster.  Genetical Research  78(6):211-218.

Student Group Advisement

  • Faculty Advisor for Northwest's Pre-Health Occupation Club

Other Professional Experiences

  • Science Instructor for Upward Bound since 2004
  • CITE fellowship to develop an online graduate level molecular biology course