Kristal Tucker

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office Phone: 412-675-9033
Office Location: Ostermayer Building 305
Mailing Address:
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

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Dr. Kristal Tucker earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Tennessee in 1994. In 2010 she received a Ph.D in Neuroscience from Florida State University, where her research focused on the effects of diet-induced obesity on the neurobiology of the brain. During the time between her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Dr. Tucker worked as a research scientist at Auburn University, Florida State University, and the pharmaceutical Schering-Plough, studying ion channels, the proteins responsible for the electrical signals in the brain and heart. Before joining the faculty at Penn State Greater Allegheny, she was a Research Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, investigating the electrical and metabolic properties of the neurons that die during Parkinson’s disease, the dopamine neurons of the substantia nigra. Now that she is here at Penn State Greater Allegheny, she is excited be part of the Biobehavioral Health program helping undergraduates reach their career goals. As well as teaching biology and neurobiology courses, she is thrilled to open her lab to undergraduate research in neurobiology.

Class Class Title Days & Times Room
BBH 310 Res Methods BBH M, W, F 9:05AM - 9:55AM Main Building 201
BBH 411 Resrch Applics BBH M, W, F 11:15AM - 12:05PM Main Building 207
BBH 203/PSYCH 260A Neur Hum Behav M, W, F 2:30PM - 3:20PM Main Building 207
  Office Hours M, W 3:30PM - 5:00PM Ost. Lab 305