As an elementary school student, Dr. Renee Chosed participated in her first science fair by examining the growth of plants treated with different fertilizers. Unsurprisingly, it didn't turn out to be the most daunting experiment of her professional career. But from that basic experience, she gained something invaluable—a passion for science.
Two decades later, that infatuation has blossomed into a scientific career as an educator and researcher. As a teacher, Dr. Chosed believes it's her responsibility to encourage students to ask questions, pursue answers and generate solutions. To achieve that, she provides her students with a basic and firm foundation that will enable them to pursue their research interests.
Dr. Chosed earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry and molecular biology from Trinity University in 2001. During her undergraduate years, she worked in the biochemistry lab of Dr. William Kurtin at Trinity University and for a summer in the SMART Program at Baylor College of Medicine in a cancer research lab.
Upon graduation from Trinity, Dr. Chosed attended graduate school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where she was a research student in the lab of Dr. Kim Orth in the department of molecular biology. She earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry in 2006. She then moved to Houston and was an Odyssey Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Sharon Dent at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her first teaching experience came as a visiting assistant professor at Trinity University from 2009 to 2011. She joined Furman's faculty in 2011.