Rebecca Raphael

  • Visiting Lab Instructor


117 Langley
4249 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

For as long as I can remember I have had a strong interest in science, specifically biology. Coming from a family of computer scientists, I was left to explore and develop my scientific abilities independently. I am most interested in cell and molecular biology and I double majored in Biology and Forensic Science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. I had amazing instructors that had the wonderful ability to get students excited in the laboratory courses and make them fun. After I graduated, I was given the amazing opportunity to complete an internship at the Israeli National Police in the DNA Laboratory. I went on to earn my Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. My thesis was focused on developing and characterizing a mouse model for progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Forsthuber. MS is a disease that affects my family and I had a strong interest in contributing to the advancement of research on this disease.

I started teaching undergraduate students while I was completing my Master’s degree. I like the interactions I get to have with students in the classroom and love to see when students get excited about biology. I strive to be the type of instructor who can make the laboratory a fun learning experience for students, as I was fortunate to have during my academic career.

Ms. Raphael earned her MS from the University of Texas at San Antonio and joined the department in 2017.