Monica Friedrich

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Biology Instructor

Saddleback College



About Me

I have been teaching at Saddleback College since 2009 (Microbiology - Bio15, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology - Bio3C, and Introduction to Biology - Bio20). 

I received my Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of California, Irvine in 2006, in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.  The focus of my research was on T cell signaling; specifically, I studied a protein kinase that regulates T cell activation.  Following grad school, I worked at a small pharmaceutical company for several years.  I developed drug efficacy studies for anti-cancer drugs.  More recently, I have focused on teaching.  I hope to spark an appreciation for the life sciences in all of my students.

In my free time I enjoy traveling, cooking, gardening, and an occasional trip to the theater.  



Friedrich ML, Cui M, Hernandez JB, Weist BM, Andersen HM, Zhang X, Huang L, Walsh CM.  Modulation of DRAK2 autophosphorylation by antigen receptor signaling in primary lymphocytes.  2007.  Journal of Biological Chemistry.  282(7): 4573-84.

Friedrich ML, Wen BG, Bain G, Kee BL, Katayama C, Murre C, Hedrick SM, Walsh CM.  DRAK2, a lymphoid-enriched DAP kinase, regulates the TCR activation threshold during lymphocyte selection.  2005.  International Immunology.  17(11): 1379-90.