Welcome to Dr. Caitlin Mullarkey!

Welcome to Dr. Caitlin Mullarkey!

The BHSc (Hons) Program is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Caitlin Mullarkey as an Assistant Professor, as of August 1, 2017.  A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Mullarkey’s received her doctorate from the University of Oxford where she worked on a novel influenza vaccination strategy. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Palese. During her postdoctoral studies, she continued to investigate immunological responses to influenza and flu vaccines.

Cait’s teaching philosophy is a great fit with the BHSc (Hons) Program, emphasizing student-centred, active learning that blends theory and practice, the importance of feedback for learning, and the development of transferrable skills along with knowledge.  “My approach has been profoundly influenced and shaped by my own experiences as a student, first in the setting of a small liberal arts college, and subsequently in the Oxford tutorial system, where the importance of student-faculty interactions and collaboration were deeply impressed upon me,” she notes.  “Moreover, as a research scientist, my teaching is also informed by the scientific method, where we begin by formulating a series of questions.”

After arriving in Hamilton in early 2017, Caitlin quickly became involved in teaching at McMaster.  In addition to supporting teaching in HTHSCI 4J03 – Biochemical Immunology and HTHSCI 4O03 – Principles of Viral Pathogenesis, she collaborated with Dr. Felicia Vulcu in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and the MacPherson Institute in the development of a massively open online course (MOOC) called DNA Decoded which will be launching later this academic year.

In the 2017-18 Academic Year, Cait will be teaching and facilitating in a number of courses in the BHSc (Hons) Program.  With her deep expertise in virology and immunology, she’ll be at the helm of HTHSCI 3K03 – Introductory Virology, and teaching in HTHSCI 4J03 – Immunological Principles in Practice.  She will also be joining the facilitation teams in our 2nd year Inquiry Courses (HTHSCI 2E03 – Inquiry II: Biochemistry, and HTHSCI 2K03 – Cell Biology), and working with Chari on HTHSCI 1I06 – Cellular & Molecular Biology.

An avid runner throughout college and graduate school, Caitlin is also enjoying running along Lake Ontario. The running is necessary, because Cait is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and thoroughly enjoying exploring the Hamilton food scene.

“I’m am thrilled to be part of such a vibrant university and especially looking forward to engaging with students and developing innovative courses,” she says.  And we’re delighted to have you here!  Please join us in giving Dr. Mullarkey a warm welcome to the BHSc (Hons) Community and to McMaster.