North Carolina State University - Department Of Genetics

Christopher J. Halweg
Christopher J. Halweg
Program in Genetics


Lecturer of Biological Sciences

Type: Faculty

PhD, North Carolina State University

Contact Info
Office: 1567D Thomas Hall, 919-515-0328
Email: Chris.Halweg

Research Areas: Academic

I am the course coordinator for GN 312: Elementary Genetics Laboratory. Together with the other lecturers, our goal is to give students an opportunity to become acquainted with basic laboratory techniques used in classical and molecular genetics research. Through experimental design, hands-on experience, data analysis, and presenting observations and conclusions, students will reinforce the concepts they learn in the classroom.

Students will find it difficult to be excited about learning if their instructor is unable to convey a certain level of enthusiasm for the material presented. As a student, I found classes to be much more effective and enjoyable when the instructor was excited about the subject. This can pose a difficult challenge for an instructor depending on his/her personality. I find that I am genuinely excited about teaching genetics and I feel that it is reflected in my teaching. There is a euphoric feeling knowing that you have the ability to share your knowledge with someone that wants to learn. This propelled me into a good classroom relationship with my students which is especially important in a laboratory setting where students need to be driven to find answers to important problems and work together to solve them.

Selected Publications:

Ma W*, Halweg C*, Menendez D, Resnick MA. (2012). Differential effects of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibition on DNA break repair in human cells are revealed with Epstein–Barr virus. PNAS. 109(17): 6590–6595. *Ma W. and Halweg C. contributed equally to this work.

Haugen AC, Di Prospero NA, Parker JS, Fannin RD, Chou J, Meyer JN, Halweg C, Collins JB, Durr A, Fischbeck K, and Van Houten B. (2010). Altered gene expression and DNA damage in peripheral blood cells from Friedreich's ataxia patients: cellular model of pathology. PLoS Genetics. 6(1): e1000812.

Halweg C, Thompson WF, and Spiker S. (2005). The Rb7 Matrix Attachment Region Increases the Likelihood and Magnitude of Transgene Expression in Tobacco Cells: a Flow Cytometric Study. The Plant Cell. 17(2): 418–429.

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