Dr. Allison Milchanowski Yabroff currently serves as an instructor at Los Angeles Valley College. She used to be an HMMI Instructor and Academic Coordinator at UCLA through a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to creatively improve undergraduate science teaching. The Undergraduate Research Consortium in Functional Genomics is a program in which UCLA undergraduates are introduced to research early on in their careers. Students attend traditional lecture style classes, are introduced to bioinformatics in a series of computer labs, and actively participate in a ten week research project to uncover the functions of several genes during eye development in Drosophila. The work was recently published in PLoS Biology with an unprecedented 138 undergraduate authors.
Prior to this, Dr. Milchanowski served as a tenure-track professor at the Community College of Southern Nevada teaching Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lecture and Laboratory, as well as Introductory Biology for allied health majors.
Dr. Milchanowski earned her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA under Dr. Utpal Banerjee. Her thesis work involved the identification and characterization of genes involved in embryonic crystal cell formation during Drosophila hematopoiesis. She is actively involved in several community service organizations including serving as a volunteer coach for Special Olympics and working at the Midnight Mission, a large drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.