Gertrud Konings-Dudin, Dr. rer. nat

 Assistant Professor of Biology

Gertrud Konings-Dudin is a German native and received her Doctorate degree in Biology from the Free University Berlin in Berlin, Germany, for her studies on the Human Leukocyte Test system, which resulted in three publications in peer reviewed papers (see list of publications). On her post-doc position at the Federal Institute of Health, Department of Toxicology, in Berlin, Germany, she studied the teratological effects of food additives in mice. Her experience in cell culture research led her into the medical diagnostics for the prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities with a position at the American University Hospital at the American University Beirut, Lebanon. She was involved in establishing a laboratory for cytogenetic studies of amniotic fluid cells and skin fibroblasts and continued leading this laboratory for six years. During this time she took part in training opportunities to improve her skills in cytogenetics and learn new methods. These trainings were provided by the Pediatrics Research Unit at Guy’s Hospital in London, Great Britain, at the INSERM Groupe de Recherches de Biologie Prénatale, Paris, France, and at the Clinical Genetics Unit, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She received a position at the Clinical Genetics Unit of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she learned the method of chorionic villi culturing for the prenatal diagnosis. But here she also had for the first time a chance to take part in DNA research, especially in in-situ hybridization techniques. This experience gave her the opportunity to work on a research project at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where she was involved in the development of chromosome sorting techniques, using mainly laser sorters and magnetic beads. She was also further involved in establishing a cytogenetics lab for a private medical clinic in Germany.
In Heidelberg Gertrud Konings-Dudin decided to found together with her husband Ad Konings, a biologist himself, a publishing company to cement his growing success as author of books on tropical fish. Besides translating his books from English to German, she also took on a part-time job as an instructor at the University of Maryland, European Division in Heidelberg, Germany. She participated in many expeditions to Africa, especially to Lake Malawi, but also to Mexico and Nicaragua to study the fish in their natural habitat. When she moved with her family to the United States, she continued teaching, first at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and then at the University of Phoenix, Santa Teresa Branch. During this time, she was also a consultant for an industrial microbiology laboratory (Dynatec Laboratories, Inc, El Paso, TX), where she trained lab technicians in aseptic techniques, established a cell culture lab, conducted small research projects, and audited lab procedures. Working part-time over several years allowed her to follow her passion for cacti and study these plants in their natural environment, which involved year-round travelling. These studies lead to the publication of a book on the cacti of Texas and many photo contributions in several books and other publications. Her interest in cacti and other plants continues to grow, and she shares it with her students at the El Paso Community College, where she advises the student Native Plant Club and mentors students of the RISE program, besides teaching courses in Microbiology, Introductory Biology, Human Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology. She is very engaged in the local environment and participates in local organizations and clubs for environmental conservation, especially the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club.


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