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Liliana Busconi

Senior Lecturer of Biology

Contact Information


Office Hours

Office: Wilkens Science Center, Room 209-F

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., 4:15 p.m.- 5:15 p.m.; by appointment also


Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina


I am very passionate about teaching science to students interested in Biology, as well as to those who need to fill a science requirement. My main interest as a professor is to engage all students in the process of learning and to help them to develop their critical thinking abilities. I like to encourage students' participation by creating a class environment of mutual respect that facilitates the expression of differing points of view.

I have done research for many years in the areas of biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and I like to extend the knowledge and experience gained in my research work to the teaching of Biology.

Professional Highlights

  • 2010-present, Lecturer, Emmanuel College
  • 2003-2009, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Boston University
  • 2001-2002, Scientist, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • 2000, Assistant Professor, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • 1998-2000, Independent Career Investigator, Consejo de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina

What I Love About Emmanuel:

What I love about Emmanuel are the small classes, because it allows me to know my students and help them to succeed.

Courses I Teach

  • BIOL 1101 - Life on Earth
  • BIOL 1102 - Human Biology Laboratories
  • BIOL 1112 - Biology and Society
  • BIOL 1105 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 1106 - Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL 2301 - Experimental Biology
  • BIOL 3103 - Cell Biology
  • BIOL 3125 - Molecular Biology Laboratories

Publications + Presentations

Selected publications from a total of 40 published in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Avalos AM, Busconi L, Marshak-Rothstein. A. Regulation of autoreactive B cell responses to endogenous TLR ligands. Autoimmunity 2010 43: 76-83.
  • Green NM, Laws A, Kiefer K, Busconi L, Kim YM, Brinkmann MM, Trail EH, Yasuda K, Christensen SR, Shlomchik MJ, Vogel S, Connor JH, Ploegh H, Eilat D, Rifkin IR, van Seventer JM, Marshak-Rothstein A.J Murine B cell response to TLR7 ligands depends on an IFN-beta feedback loop. J. Immunol. 2009 183(3):1569-76.
  • Busconi L, Bauer JW, Tumang JR, Laws A, Perkins-Mesires K, Tabor AS, Lau C, Corley RB, Rothstein TL, Lund FE, Behrens TW, Marshak-Rothstein A. Functional Outcome of B Cell Activation by Chromatin Immune Complex Engagement of the B Cell Receptor and Toll-like Receptor 9. J Immunol 2007 179:7397-7405.
  • Busconi L, Lau CM, Tabor AS, Uccellini MB, Ruhe Z, Akira S, Viglianti GA, Rifkin IR, Marshak-Rothstein A.DNA and RNA autoantigens as autoadjuvants.J Endotoxin Res. 2006;12(6):379-84.
  • Marshak-Rothstein A, Busconi L, Rifkin IR, Viglianti GA. The stimulation of Toll-like receptors by nuclear antigens: a link between apoptosis and autoimmunity. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2004 (3):559-74, ix. Review.
  • Martín M, Busconi L. A rice membrane-bound calcium-dependent protein kinase is activated in response to low temperatures. Plant Physiol. 2001 125:1442-1449.
  • Martín M, Busconi L. Membrane localization of a rice calcium-dependent protein kinase (CDPK) is mediated by myristoylation and palmitoylation. Plant J 2000 24:429-435.

Research Focus

I am very interested in the area of cell signaling: how cells receive and transmit signals. Over the years, I have addressed the role of subcellular localization in the signaling pathways of molecules such as nitric oxide synthase and plant protein kinases. The goal of my last research project was to understand how B cells respond to endogenous ligands and how this response might contribute to the development of lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects mainly women.

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