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Gloria Yueh
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., is professor and chair of biochemistry in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Linda Walters
Professor of Anatomy, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Linda Walters, Ph.D, is an anatomy professor in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Kathleen O'Hagan
Department Chair and Professor of Physiology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kathleen P. O'Hagan, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
Kevin Quinn, PT, MPT, MS, ATC, is adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Mitchell Emerson
Interim Chair, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., is Interim Chair in the College of Pharmacy–Glendale at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Shridhar Andurkar
Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Shridhar Andurkar, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Jennifer D'Souza
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, is assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Brad Smith
Associate Dean, College of Dental Medicine-AZ
Brad Smith, D.D.S., B.Sc., is Associate Dean in the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
David Luce
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
David Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, is assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Donald Jarnigan
Dean, Arizona College of Optometry
Donald Jarnigan, O.D., is the Dean of Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Phil Huang
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Tolu Akinwale
Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus
Tolu Akinwale is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Allison Rushing
College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove Campus
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Sam Funk
Arizona College of Optometry
Sam Funk is a student in the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) campus.
Laura Sibrava
College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
Laura Sibrava, D.M.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Heather Thoreson
College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Hillary Carnell
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Danny Wu
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Danny Wu is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Jared Techau
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Jared Techau is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Safi Mohammed
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Safi Mohammed is a student in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Diane Baldemor
College of Health Sciences – Downers Grove
Diane Baldemor is a student in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Chessa Calabrese
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Chessa Calabrese is a student in the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Eder Garavito
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Eder Garavito is a 2013 graduate in the inaugural class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences.

What are they doing in there? What happens when something goes wrong? How do we discover the story behind this cellular intelligence?

The Story Inside

Looking for any signs of change, the researcher saw obvious damage to the cell of the hippocampus sitting between glass plates under the microscope. Potential contributors to fetal alcohol syndrome appeared: genes affecting learning ability, memory, and judgment reacted negatively to ethanol exposure. Questions swirled in the researcher's head. How might that exposure contribute to developmental problems in the hippocampus? How does that lead to behavioral abnormalities such as learning disabilities, impaired memory, or faulty judgment? By what mechanism does alcohol work its destruction on the genes and the cell? More biochemistry research may hold the key.

"Biochemistry shows us the narration of a living cell," says Gloria Yueh. "The story is fascinating because it shows us the many ways in which the human body is intelligent. What happens inside a cell is a microcosm of life. Something is always going on. Everything is always changing, but it works perfectly without our help." Today, Yueh shares her excitement about the building blocks of life as professor and chair of biochemistry at Midwestern University's Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM). Her research investigates neurological defects associated with gestational alcohol exposure, commonly known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

Biochemistry shows us the narration of a living cell. The story is fascinating because it shows us the many ways in which the human body is intelligent."
— Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., Glendale

People Are Most Important

Although nervous at first about her ability to teach after spending ten years in a research lab, Yueh knew she wanted to connect to students and share her knowledge. Colleagues urged her to try the classroom."People are most important," says Yueh. "I hope I can play some small role in students' lives at Midwestern because they are the creative young minds and health care professionals who will help others in the future. I love sharing my excitement with students about the life of a cell and showing them the amazing intelligence of these building blocks of biology." At Midwestern, Yueh teaches human biochemistry for programs in osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, podiatric medicine, and physician assistant studies. In addition, she teaches a range of courses in human conditions, nutrition, DNA, genetics, and molecular and cell biology for programs in occupational therapy and nurse anesthesia.

Partners in Research

When she's not in the classroom or the lab, Yueh mentors a number of MWU students. Many follow in her research footsteps as they collaborate and investigate components of Yueh's work on the neurological effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. "We regularly present our findings during the university's annual MWU Research Day," says Yueh. Students may also present their research at professional conferences, such as the American Osteopathic Association, the Society for Developmental Biology, or the America College of Physicians–Arizona Chapter.

Finding a Balance

Yueh appreciates Midwestern's continuous support for research and teaching, whether in the form of buildings, facilities, or freedom to pursue interesting lines of inquiry. "I'm able to find a good balance of teaching and research," says Yueh. Students in the osteopathic medicine program and physician assistant studies have recognized her efforts in the classroom by presenting Yueh with awards for her lecture notes and audiovisual presentations, as well as naming her Outstanding Educator and Teacher of the Year. "I tremendously enjoy my interactions with students at Midwestern," says Yueh. "Whether in classes or one-on-one sessions during office hours, we share the excitement of discovery."


Yueh, Ph.D.Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., is professor and chair of biochemistry in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus. A native of Taiwan, Yueh conducted research at the Development Center of Biotechnology in Taipei and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut–Storrs and at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale (AZ).


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