Jennifer Osterhage

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Biology
  • Biology Education
101G Thomas Hunt Morgan
(859) 257-9322

B.S. in Biology from the University of Kentucky, 2002; Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University, 2007; Graduate Teaching Certificate awarded from Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, 2007; Postdoctoral Training, University of Kentucky, 2010-2011


Assistant Professor in Biology with specialties in molecular biology, phylogenetics, and biology education.  In addition to teaching an introductory biology course (BIO 148),  I am investigating methods to promote student-centered, self-regulated learning in my courses.

Graduate Training

As a graduate student, I studied the molecular mechanisms that maintain telomeres (the protein-DNA complexes at the ends of linear chromosomes) in the lab of Dr. Katherine Friedman. I used the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae to investigate the cell-cycle regulation of telomerase, the enzyme that maintains telomeres. I also participated in the Teaching Certificate Program offered through Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching. I completed courses in Pedagogy and gained experience teaching and performing education research. In 2007, I graduated from the program with a Graduate Teaching Certificate.


I have taught BIO 148 (Introductory Biology I) to over 3000 students.  I truly enjoy being in the classroom and having the opportunity to share my love of biology with students. I use an active learning approach which involves demonstrations, activities, and interactive questioning during class. I'm dedicated to first-year student success and helping students successfully transition to college. 

Selected Publications: 


Osterhage, Jennifer, and Katherine L. Friedman.  Chromosome End Maintenance by Telomerase. J Biol Chem. 284(24):16061-5 (2009).

Osterhage, Jennifer, Jennell Talley, and Katherine L. Friedman.  Proteasome-dependent degradation of Est1p regulates the cell cycle-restricted assembly of telomerase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology 13(8), 720-728 (2006).

Vimoksalehi Lukoschek, Jennifer Osterhage, Daryl R. Karns, John C. Murphy, and Harold K. Voris. Phylogeography of the Mekong mud snake (Enhydris subtaeniata): the biogeographic importance of dynamic river drainages and fluctuating sea levels for semi-aquatic taxa in Indo-China. Ecology and Evolution 1(3), 330-42 (2011).

Karns, Daryl R., Vimoksalehi Lukoschek, Jennifer Osterhage, John Murphy, and Harold Voris. Phylogeny and biogeography of the Enhydris clade (Serpentes: Homalopsidae). Zootaxa 2452, 18-30. ISSN 1175-5334 (2010).

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