Students who have completed the Human Services concentration may pursue entry-level jobs right out of college, or they may go on to graduate school to earn any number of degrees, including an M.B.A., M.S.W., M.P.H. (public health) or a Ph.D. Careers in human services include counseling, legal aid and advocacy, social justice, marriage and family therapy, social work, child and family studies, health and wellness, community health, healthcare organizational management, policy development, community service, and pastoral counseling.
Albion's human services concentration is designed to allow students to explore their interest in various human service careers, as well as to prepare them for entry-level positions upon graduation and/or for graduate school in human services disciplines. Students interested in the helping professions are expected to learn about underrepresented populations, administration and public policy, ethics and practice. Human services promote physical and mental health through prevention, outreach, community efforts and organizing social institutions. Although health and human services workers will primarily be employed in applied settings, they may also have opportunities to conduct research that promotes physical and mental health.
Admission to the human services concentration is based on a genuine interest in exploring one or more of the human services areas and evidence of academic ability. Students must apply for admission to the concentration and are encouraged to do so during their sophomore year. Students should contact Dr. Andrea Francis, assistant professor of psychological science and director of the Human Services Concentration, for an application form.
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
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.