Beth A. Montelone, Professor


Senior Associate Vice President for Research

Contact information

Office of Research Development
102 Fairchild Hall
(785) 532-6195


Ph.D. 1982, University of Rochester. Molecular Genetics.

Area(s) of Specialization

DNA metabolism, including DNA repair, replication, genetic recombination, and mutagenesis.

Research Focus

My research laboratory (currently not active and not accepting graduate students) used the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast) to investigate the basis of mutations conferring phenotypes of increased mutation and recombination. These behaviors are typical of many cancer cell types and DNA repair genes are often found to be non-functional in cancers. I also collaborated with the late Dr. Steve Upton to study DNA repair and other genes in the eukaryotic parasite Cryptospordium parvum.

In recent years, I directed projects on biology and public health education and increasing participation by girls, women, and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The latter include the Girls Researching Our World, K-State Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, K-State ADVANCE Institutional Transformation, and Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation projects, all funded by the National Science Foundation.

Selected Publications

Grauer, B., L.P. Thurston, and B.A. Montelone. 2015. KS-LSAMP Pathways to STEM: A system approach to minority participation in STEM. 2015 ASEE Conference Proceedings. DOI: 10.18260/p.24389

Herrerra-Moyano E, Moriel-Carretero M, Montelone BA, Aguilera A. 2014. The rem Mutations in the ATP-binding Groove of the Rad3/XPD Helicase Lead to Xeroderma pigmentosum-Cockayne Syndrome-like Phenotypes. PLOS Genetics DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004859.

Britton DM, Baird CL, Dyer RA, Middendorf BJ, Montelone BM, Smith C. 2012. Surveying the campus climate for faculty: A comparison of the assessments of STEM and non-STEM Faculty. Intl. J. Gender Sci. Tech. 4: 103-122.

Montelone, B.A., D.A. Rintoul, and L.G. Williams. 2008. Assessment of the effectiveness of the studio format in student learning in introductory undergraduate biology.CBE—Life Sciences Education 7: 234-242.

Hai-Jew S, Freeman LC, Montelone BM. 2011. Globalizing and Localizing: Creating an Introductory Public Health Course and Online Learning Environment (A Case Study), in Instructional Technology Research Design and Development, N. A. Alias and S. Hashim, eds, pp. 335-355. IGI Global: Hershey, PA.

R.A. Dyer and B.A. Montelone. 2007. An institutional approach to establishing professional networks. In: Transforming Science and Engineering, A. J. Stewart, J. E. Malley, and D. Lavaque, eds, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press; pp. 48-61.

Rochelle, P.A., S.J. Upton, B.A. Montelone, and K. Wood. 2005. The response of Cryptosporidium parvum to UV light. Trends Parasitol. 21: 81-87.

Rochelle, P.A., D. Fallar, M.M. Marshall, B.A. Montelone, S. Upton, and K. Wood. 2004. Irreversible UV inactivation of Cryptosporidium spp. despite the presence of UV repair genes. J. Eukayot. Microbiol. 51: 553-562.

Spears, J.D., R.A. Dyer, S.E. Franks, and B.A. Montelone. 2004. Building a network to support girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. J. Women Minor. Sci. Engg. 10: 161-177.