Jennifer McMahon is the lead instructor and director of the introductory Biology labs at Kenyon. Being fully involved in an introductory level course gives her the opportunity to concentrate on teaching students the essentials of writing and thinking analytically within the framework of biological questions.
Prior to her arrival at Kenyon, McMahon completed her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, where she studied the mechanisms for synthesis of cyanogenic compounds in the tropical crop plant, cassava (Manihot esculenta). During her post-doc at Penn State University, she continued to focus on cyanogenesis as a function of ethylene synthesis, using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.
Plant secondary compounds, Pedagogy
1997 — Doctor of Philosophy from The Ohio State University
1990 — Bachelor of Science from Gettysburg College
Smith JM and Arteca, RN. (2000). Molecular control of ethylene production and its co-product cyanide inArabidopsis thaliana. Physiol. Plant. 109: 180-187.
White, WLB, Arias-Gordon, DI, McMahon, JM and Sayre, RT (1998) Cyanogenesis in cassava. Plant Physiol. 116: 1219-1225.