B.A., Wisconsin Lutheran
College, May 1998Ph.D., Medical College of
Wisconsin, May 2005
the WLC Biology department in 2005 after completing my graduate work in
developmental genetics. Previously, I worked in the environmental chemistry and
pharmaceutical industry. My wife, Nicole, and I have been blessed with three
children who keep us very busy. In my spare time, I enjoy competing on the
professional table soccer (foosball) tour and maintaining the marine reef
aquariums on campus.
I am currently teaching:
I have previously
fascinated by how organisms develop from a single fertilized egg cell into a
gloriously complex adult organism. To investigate the molecular mechanisms of
development I employ a variety of model organisms, including cultured animal
cells, chicken embryos, zebrafish and mice. More recently, I have become
involved in the Marine Biology major at WLC by assisting in research trips to
the beautiful island of Grenada.
Anderson, B., Morrall, C., Jossart, J., Nimrod, S., Bolda, E., Berg, C., and Balza, R., Marine Protected Area Monitoring in the Nearshore Waters
of Grenada, Eastern Caribbean: Benthic Cover and Fish Populations. International Journal for Tropical Biology,
62: 273-286, 2014.
Ebeling, A., Hartmann, V., Rockman,
A., Armstrong, A., Balza, R., Erbe,
J., Ebeling, D., and Ebeling, A. Silver Nanoparticle Adsorption to Soil and
Water Treatment Residuals and Impact on Zebrafish in a Lab-Scale Constructed
Wetland. Computational Water, Energy, and
Environmental Engineering, 2: 16-25,
Anderson, B., Morrall, C., Nimrod, S., Balza, R., Berg, C., and Jossart, J. Benthic and Fish Population
Monitoring in the Nearshore Waters of Grenada, Eastern Caribbean. International Journal for Tropical Biology,
60: 71-87, 2012.
Balza, R., and Misra, R. Role of the
Serum Response Factor in Regulating Contractile Apparatus Gene Expression and
Sarcomeric Intergrity in Cardiomyocytes. Journal
of Biological Chemistry, 281: 6498-6510, 2006.
Nelson, T., Balza, R., Xiao,
Q., and Misra, R. SRF-dependent gene expression in isolated cardiomyocytes:
regulation of genes involved in cardiac hypertrophy. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 39: 479-89, 2005.
Miano, J., Ramanan, N., Georger, M., de Mesy Bentley, K., Emerson, R., Balza, R., Xiao, Q., Weiler, H., Ginty,
D., and Misra, R. Restricted inactivation of serum response factor to the
cardiovascular system. Proc Natl Acad Sci
USA. 101: 17132-17137, 2004.