Elizabeth O’Hare | Towson University

Biography – Teaching

Biology is the foundation for life. As such, an understanding of this branch of science
is important for helping health care professionals best protect the lives of their
patients by making connections between symptoms and the biological causes. My lifelong
passion for teaching and deep-rooted interests in the genetics of human diseases and
developmental disorders has uniquely prepared me to teach biology and its relevance
to human health and medicine. In the classroom I aim to help students better understand
biology and the role it plays in the human body and the larger world in which they
live through the utilization of different learning styles as well as classroom and
laboratory activities – all of which are designed to best engage and train students
to become active learners both inside and outside the classroom.



O’Hare, E.A., Antin, P.B., and Delany, M.E. 2019. Two Proximally-Close Priority Candidate
Genes for diplopodia-1, an Autosomal Inherited Craniofacial-Limb Syndrome in the Chicken:
MRE11 and GPR83. Journal of Heredity. 110(2):194-210.  PMID: 30597046.

Montasser, M.E.*, O’Hare, E.A.*, Wang, X., Howard, A., McFarland, R., Perry, J.A.,
Ryan, K.A., TopMED, Shuldiner, A.R., Miller, M., Mitchell, B.D., Zaghloul, N.A., Chang,
Y-P.C. 2018. An APOO Pseudogene on Chromosome 5q Is Associated With Low-Density Lipoprotein
Cholesterol Levels. Circulation. 30(4):429-445. PMID: 29593015. *Co-first authors
are listed in alphabetical order.

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Webb, A.E., Youngworth, I.A., Kaya, M., Gitter, C.L., O’Hare, E.A., May, B.P., Cheng,
H.H., Delany, M.E. 2018. Narrowing the region containing the single gene mutation
wingless-2 on chicken chromosome 12. Poultry Science. 97(6):1872-1880.  PMID: 29562287.

O’Hare, E.A., Yang, R., Yerges-Armstrong, L., Sreenivansan, U., McFarland, R., Leitch,
C. C., Wilson, M. H., Narina, S., Gorden, A., Ryan, K., Shuldiner A.R., Farber, S.
A., Wood, G.C., Still, C.D., Gerhard, G.S., Robishaw, J.D., Sztalryd, C., Zaghloul,
N.A. 2017. TM6SF2 rs58542926 impacts lipid processing in liver and small intestine.
Hepatology. 65(5):1526-1542.  PMID: 28027591.

O’Hare, E.A., Yerges-Armstrong, L.M., Perry, J.A., Shuldiner, A.R., and Zaghloul,
N.A. 2016. Assignment of functional relevance to genes at type 2 diabetes-associated
loci through investigation of β-cell mass deficits. Molecular Endocrinology. 30(4):429-445. 
PMID: 26963759.

Lodh, S., Hostelley, T.L.*, Leitch, C.C.*, O’Hare, E.A.*, Zaghloul, N.A. 2016. Differential
effects on β-cell mass by disruption of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome or Alstrom Syndrome
genes. Human Molecular Genetics. 25(1):57-68. PMID: 26494903. *Secondary authors are
listed in alphabetical order.

Schmidt, M., Smith, J., Burt, D.W, Aken, B.L., Antin, P.B., Archibald, A.L., Ashwell,
C., Blackshear, P.J., Boshiero, C., Brown, C.T., Burgess, S.C., Cheng, H.H., … Delany,
M.E., … O’Hare, E.A., … Zhou, H. 2015. “Treasure the Exceptions: Utilizing Chicken
Mutant Lines and Advanced Genetic Technologies to Uncover Genes Involved in Developmental
Processes” (O’Hare, E.A. and Delany, M.E) (pp. 137-141) in: Third report on chicken
genes and chromosomes 2015. Cytogenetic and Genome Research. 145(2):1-103. PMID: 26282327.

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O’Hare, E.A., Wang, X., Montasser, M.E., Chang, Y-P.C., Mitchell, B.D., and Zaghloul,
N.A. 2014. Disruption of ldlr causes increased LDL-cholesterol and vascular lipid
accumulation in a zebrafish model of hypercholesterolemia. Journal of Lipid Research.
55(11): 2242-2253. PMID: 25201834.

Chang, C.-F., Schock, E.N., O’Hare, E.A., Dodgson, J.B., Cheng, H.H., Muir, W.M.,
Edelman, R. E., Delany, M.E., and Brugmann, S.A. 2014. The cellular and molecular
etiology of the craniofacial defects in the avian ciliopathic mutant, talpid2. Development.
141(15): 3003-3012.  PMID: 25053433.

Lodh, S.*, O’Hare, E.A.*, Zaghloul, N.A. 2014. Primary cilia in pancreatic development
and disease. Birth Defects Research Part C: Embryo Today: Reviews. 102(2): 139-158. 
PMID: 24864023. *Authors contributed equally to this work.

Robb, E.A., Antin, P.B., and Delany, M.E. 2013. Defining the sequence elements and
candidate genes for the coloboma mutation. PLoS ONE. 8(4): e60267.  PMCID: PMC3621764.

Robb E.A. and M.E. Delany. 2012. Case study of sequence capture enrichment technology:
Identification of variation underpinning developmental syndromes in an amniote model.
Genes. 3:233-247.  PMID: 24704915.

Robb E.A. and M.E. Delany. 2012. The expression of pre-axial polydactyly is influenced
by modifying genetic elements and is not maintained by chromosomal inversion in an
avian biomedical model. Cytogenetic and Genome Research. 136:50–68.  PMID: 22286052.

Robb E.A., Gitter, G.L., Cheng, H.H., and Delany, M.E. 2011. Chromosomal mapping and
candidate gene discovery of chicken developmental mutants and genome-wide variation
analysis of MHC-congenics.  Journal of Heredity. 102(2):141-156.  PMID: 21273214.

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Swanberg S.E., O’Hare, T.H., Robb, E.A., Robinson, C.M., Chang, H., Delany, M.E. 2010. 
Telomere Biology of the Chicken: A Model for Aging Research. Experimental Gerontology.
45:647-654. PMID: 20399262.


Courses Taught

  • BIOL 190  Introductory Biology for Health Professions
  • BIOL 614  Applied Biotechnology

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