Kristen C. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Biotechnology

Biological Sciences, B.A.
Biotechnology, B.S.
Neuropsychology, B.S.
UNH Manchester
Office 569
(603) 641-4177


“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Dr. Kristen Johnson is passionate about training her students to become problem-solving scientists. Her approach to classroom teaching involves collaborative team-based learning, and her courses integrate critical reading and analysis of primary research articles.  With a focus on experiential learning, her laboratory course work closely complements lecture instruction, incorporates the latest technologies and is often inquiry-based: student-designed experiments with unknown outcomes.

Dr. Johnson mentors many undergraduate students conducting research in her cancer biology lab, which focuses on understanding the role of several genes in the progression of pancreatic cancer. Using RNA interference and CRISPR to modulate gene expression, the Johnson lab studies the impacts of altering the expression of these genes on the malignancy of pancreatic cancer cells.


    • BSCI 777 - Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
    • BMCB 753 - Cell Culture
    • BSCI 750 - Cancer Biology: From the Basic Research to Therapeutic Intervention
    • BIOL 413 - Principles of Biology


    • AACR: American Association of Cancer Researchers
    • ASCB: American Society of Cell Biologists


    • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
    • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1998


    • NH-INBRE Grant: “Functional Characterization of Candidate Master Regulators of Pancreatic Cancer”