Heather Tinsley received her B.S. in Molecular Biology from Auburn University in 2006 and her Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. She completed a short post-doctoral fellowship at the Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, Ala. before joining the University of Montevallo faculty in 2011, where she teaches Principles of Biology, Introductory Biology I, Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Techniques.
Tinsley is an active supporter of undergraduate research and oversees an active research program at Montevallo. Since 2011, Tinsley has mentored six undergraduate research projects, published six peer reviewed publications, presented her research at one international conference and utilized student-generated data to support a large research grant application that has been submitted to the National Institutes of Health for review next year.
Tinsley’s primary research interest is studying various cell signaling pathways in human breast cancer. Her current focus is on the cGMP signaling pathway, which her work shows is aberrantly regulated in breast cancer cells. The ultimate goal of Tinsley’s laboratory is to identify novel targets for the development of safer and more effective drugs for either the prevention or treatment of breast cancer.
In addition to her work in the classroom and the laboratory, Tinsley is also an active volunteer for the North Central Alabama affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, where she serves as both a patient advocate and the chair of the science and education subcommittee.