CCU Spotlights

Dr. Leontine Galante

Leontine Galante

Assistant Professor of Biology
School of Humanities and Sciences

  • Ph.D. Molecular Biology (Princeton University)
  • M.A. Molecular Biology (Princeton University)
  • B.S. Biology (Fairfield University)


Phone: (973) 495-1087

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Galante received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 2007 and has since done three years of post-doctoral research in the areas of tumor metastasis and angiogenesis in a mouse model system. She then left the research lab to pursue her greater interest in teaching and advising students. For three years, Dr. Galante taught non-, majors, and biotechnology students at Portland Community College. During this time, she also advised students in pre-professional tracks and developed curriculum for the Cell Biology laboratory.
She then spent one year at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she taught biology majors and served as an advisor for these students.


Briggs, N, Cawley, K, Brown-Istvan, L, Fergusson-Kolmes, L, Neps, S, Schraerer, B, Galante, LL “Cell biology for the life sciences lab manual” (2014), Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus Press.

Williams CM, Sloan RD, Engler, AJ, Galante LL, and Schwarzbauer, JE “Fibronectin modulates mammary epithelial cell proliferation during acinar differentiation” Cancer Res. 2008 May 1; 68 (9) 3185-3192.

Galante LL and Schwarzbauer JE “Requirements for sulfate transport and the diastrophic dysplasia sulfate transporter in fibronectin matrix assembly” J. Cell Biol. 2007 Dec 3; 179 (5) 999-1009.

Faith and Learning:

It is certainly important to teach students the facts from the textbook and to give them a common language with which to engage with other professionals. CCU, however, goes a crucial step beyond that. At CCU, we look through the lens of a faith perspective to challenge or explain these concepts, leaving students with a critical and faithful understanding of the material.

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