Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., Bowling Green State University, 2001
Ph.D., University of Toledo, 2006
Expertise: Molecular and cellular physiology, Pathophysiology, Immunology, Inflammation, Angiogenesis
- Biology 210: Cell and Molecular Biology
- Biology 341: Physiology
Dr. Rabquer is a molecular and cellular physiologist interested in human inflammatory and angiogenic diseases. Inflammation and angiogenesis play key roles in the pathogenesis of many cancers, and in autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic sclerosis (SSc). Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels, is excessive in the synovium (joints) of patients with RA, and deficient in the skin of patients with SSc. Specifically, Dr. Rabquer's work has focused on the role of adhesion molecules, cytokines, and chemokines in these diseases. Currently, he is interested in determining the role of a novel family of soluble adhesion molecules, junctional adhesion molecules (JAMs), in mediating facets of angiogenesis. In addition, Dr. Rabquer is studying how the upregulation of angiogenic chemokines affects the development of blood vessels in patients with SSc. Importantly, recent therapeutic successes of angiogenesis inhibitors have validated the idea that controlling pathological angiogenesis can modulate disease activity. Therefore, continued research into potential angiogenic mediators and the dysregulation of known angiogenic pathways in diseases such as RA and SSc will be critical for the development of new therapies.
Immunofluorescence staining was used in the figure below to determine the expression of vWF (red), a marker of endothelial cells, and JAM-A (green) in normal human skin. JAM-A is predominantly expressed by keratinocytes in the epidermis, and by fibroblasts and endothelial cells in the dermis.
Britons Receive Teaching Fellowships
Albion College graduates Melanie Kapolka, ’11, and Kristen Karczewski, ’09, are among the first 92 recipients of the W.K. Kellogg-Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship.
According to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, “The three-year fellowship is awarded to promising educators with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fellows receive $30,000 to pursue a customized master’s degree program that prepares them to teach in high-need urban or rural secondary schools in seven local districts across the state.”
International Student Profile
Chen Chen, '11
Chen graduated cum laude from Albion College in 2011 with a B.A. in economics and management.
Where are you from?
I am from Nanjing, China. I attended Nanjing Foreign Language School before coming to Albion College.
Why did you choose Albion?
I learned about Albion looking at U.S. News & World Report. I was impressed with the ranking, small size, personal attention, and research opportunities. I also liked the generous scholarships available for international students.
What is your favorite thing about Albion?
The professors! They helped me find my passion in life and were able to connect me to my future job. One of my favorite professors retired recently but I still stay in touch with him regularly.
What is your academic major?
Economics and management with an accounting focus. I am also pursuing physics as a minor.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
The Albion College Accounting Society. Every year, I volunteer to fill out people’s income taxes. I also help plan activities with the Chinese Student Union but mostly I am busy with undergraduate research (FURSCA).
What will you do after you graduate?
I will graduate this year and I already have a job lined up with Ernst and Young. I will be an auditor.
How much will your salary be per year?
Right now, my starting salary is $50,000 a year.
Why do you want to work in the United States?
I want to use my U.S. diploma to gain experience here so that within 10 years I can go back and work in China. By doing this, I can start at a higher level of income in China
International Students Interested in Economics and Management
Albion College welcomes international students, and a growing number of our students come from outside the United States.
Why Study Economics and Management at Albion College?
Albion's program in Economics and Management provides a pathway to a productive career in business, government, or nonprofit organizations. Our majors have had considerable success in getting good jobs after graduation or in gaining admission to selective graduate or professional programs. This success makes an Economics and Management degree from Albion College a good investment in your future.
Albion College provides a safe, supportive environment for academically talented international students who want to learn about America. Experience living and studying in America is especially valuable for those seeking careers in business or government because of the economic importance of the U.S. Having international students at Albion also enhances the educational experience of our American students.