Tracy L Ware

Tracy L Ware

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: MH-538A
Phone: 978-542-6806

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
3019 01 BIO313 Molecular Biology
3020 L21 BIO313 Molecular Biology
3040 01 BIO409 Biological Chemistry
3047 04 BIO415 Biology Seminar

Professional Biography


B.A.   (1992)  Chemistry, San Jose State University

M.S.   (1995)  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UCSF

Ph.D. (1999)  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of California San Francisco.

                      Ph.D. Dissertation: The Role of Template and Non-Template Bases in                                                             the Telomerase RNA of Tetrahymena thermophila 

                      In Laboratory of: Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009 Nobel Laureate (Physiology)                               


Member (2008), Life Sciences Talent Initiative, Academic Task Force, commissioned by Governor Patrick for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Visiting Scientist (summer 2006 & 2007), Laboratory of Clotilde Carlow, New England Biolabs, Parasitology Division, Ipswich, MA.

Visiting Scientist (summer 2005), Laboratory of Gary Ruvkun, Harvard Medical School (MGH)

Postdoctoral Research & Teaching Fellow (1999-2002), University of Sheffield, UK, Dept MBB

Volunteer Scientist Partner (1994-96), San Francisco Science Education Partnership (SEP).

President (1993-95), Graduate Students Association, UCSF

Professional Interests


- Establishing Industry-Academic Partnerships for Biotech/Pharma Co-op Internships

    (Interested MA businesses are encouraged to contact me by email)

- Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (Find internships, jobs, life science partners, and programs.)

- MA Life Sciences Internship Program: Funding 300 students and small companies annually.

-NYTimes Opinionator: What is College For (Anyway)?

- Caenorhabditis elegans (nematode)

- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

- American Chemical Society

- Association of Women in Science 

- Mentor Net  

- Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

- Engender Health (International),


Member, SSU Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) Concentration Committee

Member, SSU Student Life Committee

Member, SSU  NEASC Standard One Committee

Selected Publications

1. Abbas L, Hajihashemi S, Stead LF, Cooper GJ, Ware TL, Munsey TS, Whitfield TT,White SJ. Functionaland developmental expression of a zebrafish Kir1.1 (ROMK) potassium channel homologue Kcnj1. J Physiol, 589:1489-503 (2011).

2. Ware TL, Wang H, Blackburn EH. Three telomerases with completely non-telomeric template replacements are catalytically active. EMBO J, 19: 3119-3131 (2000).

3. Blackburn E., Gilley D, Ware T, Bhattacharyya A, Kirk K, and Wang H. Studying the Telomerase RNA in Tetrahymena. In "Methods in Cell Biology: Tetrahymena thermophila". Editors, D. Asai and J. Forney. Academic Press, Vol. 62: 417-432 (1999).

4. Blackburn E, Bhattacharyya A, Gilley D, Kirk K, Krauskopf A, McEachern M, Prescott J, Ware T. Telomeres and Telomerase: how do they interact? In "Telomeres: Ciba Foundation Symposium". John Wiley and Sons Ltd, West Sussex, Vol 211: 2-19 (1997).

Selected Presentations

Volunteer Vacations, 6/23/11, in the Summer Salon Series at The Salem Athenaeum, Salem, MA.

Sustainability in Coastal Madagascar - the Synergistic Effect of Family Planning and Coral Reef Research, 4/4/2011 at Salem State University.

Stem Cells: A Mini-Course, Jan-Feb, 2010, The Explorers Institute for Lifelong Learning, Salem, MA.

Life after MIT: Academic Teaching Careers, January 2005, 2006, and 2007, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Personal Interests

International Volunteer Work & Field Research

Worldwide Affordable Access to Reproductive Healthcare see and

Local & Sustainable Agriculture

Yoga, Cycling, French Wine, Travel