Deborah Denson

CLAS Department of Physics
P.O. Box 871504
Research Advancement Manager
University Staff
TEMPE Campus


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Suess

Dr. Suess knows how to put things into perspective, doesnt he?  I have worked on the ASU campus for 17 years.  I started as one of the 7 telephone operators back in 1996.  We use to have over 6500 calls come in on a daily basis.  Through the years the numbers have dropped dramatically as technology came to the fore front of our lives.  . 

My career took an upturn in 2000, when I became the supervisor for the operators and took on some of the budget and other management duties.  By 2003, I was the business manager, Sr. for Telephone Services.   In 2009, Telephone Services was out sourced to Qwest and my position was no longer needed.   On January 9th, 2009 I was handed my walking papers&..I had received a severance package that included a one year tuition waiver.  Walking out of my building that day, I headed right to the admissions office on Main campus.  The very next day I saw an academic advisor in the College of Education and a day after that I went to the Poly campus and talked with an advisor in the College of Technology.  I was determined to get my degree before I turned 50.  I made the decision and went for it.  I registered for the Applied Biology program and graduated in May 2012.   Twenty nine years of college&.and I still believe it has been worth every sacrifice.  As of December 2015, I completed my Masters with honors. 

 Currently I am working within the Physics Department with an amazing bunch of people (faculty and students). 

My second career (upon retiring from ASU) will be in education.



Research Interests

Forensic Biology (Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) applied to the solution of certain problems that arise in connection with the administration of justice.  It is science exercised in the service of the law.  More practically it is the study of blood and other physiological material as it relates to establishing a fact that may be at issue in a medical legal investigation.

Developmental biology is the study of the process by which organisms grow and develop. Modern developmental biology studies the genetic control of cell growth, differentiation and "morphogenesis", which is the process that gives rise to tissues, organs and anatomy.

Evolutionary Biology The proposal that one type of animal could descend from an animal of another type goes back to some of the first Greek philosophers, such as Anaximander and Empedocles. In contrast to these materialistic views, Aristotle understood all natural things, not only living things, as being imperfect actualizations of different fixed natural possibilities, known as "forms",  or (in Latin translations) "species". 

Sustainability - The process of growing non GMO crops, and developing heritage crops that can be harvested for produce and for seeds  moving away from corporate seed providers like Monsanto who have genetically modified our foods without doing the proper research on how these plants can harm our environment.   Develop ways to improve the use of our natural resources by developing greener choices  solar energy vs. electricity.

Breeding Programs For Endangered Species To work on the genetic records of species that are endangered (zoo specimens) to enhance the breeding programs and enable the species to grow in numbers and eventually getting specimens back out into the wild to keep small wild populations from bottlenecking genetically.