Faculty Experts - Angela DiBenedetto, Ph.D.

Angela DiBenedetto, Ph.D.

Angela DiBenedetto, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Biology/Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Vertebrate Development


Dr. DiBenedetto’s forte is explaining concepts that pertain to the rapidly evolving study of genetics and molecular biology. She can discuss up-to-the-minute issues like cloning, embryonic stem cell research, genetic mapping, and evolutionary and ecological biology.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • B.S., Binghamton University, State University of New York

Selected Publications

  • DiBenedetto, A.J., Guinto#, J.B., Ebert#, T.D., Bee*, K.J., Schmidt* M., and Jackman T., 2008.   Zebrafish brd2a and brd2b are   Zebrafish brd2a and brd2b are paralogous members of thebromodomain-ET (BET) family of transcriptional coregulators that show structural and expression divergence. BMC Developmental Biology 8: 39.

Published abstracts:

  • Hanby, H., and A. DiBenedetto. 2011. The effect of zygotic Brd2 knockdown on the susceptibility to epileptic behavior in a zebrafish seizure model.   Dev. Biol.
  • Bistany, G., Fradkin, E., Comstock, C., Melville, H., and DiBenedetto, A.J., 2010. Brd2 knock-down in zebrafish results in morphological defects, abnormal patterns of mitosis and apoptosis, and misregulation of midbrain/hindbrain gene markers. Dev Biol 344(1): 531-532. August 2010.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Villanova University
  • Teaching Assistant for Genetics, Cornell University
  • Primary Education Paraprofessional, Bilingual Program. P.S. 107, Corona Queens, N.Y. Spanish and Italian language and cultural enrichment.

Selected Research

  • Villanova University, Summer Research Support Grant (RSG), with Jens Karlsson, Department of Engineering, Cryopreservation of zebrafish oocytes and sperm, 2011.
  • Villanova University, Summer Research Fellowship (SRF), The effect of brd2 knockdown on apoptosis during zebrafish development, 2008.
  • Villanova University, Summer Faculty Research Grant (SFRG), The role of retinoblastoma in neuronal cell death, 1998.

About Villanova

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