Faculty/Staff Bio

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Amanda Benedict

B.A., Skidmore College; M.S., University of Rochester; Ph.D., University of Rochester



Work Phone: 860-945-7988

Year Appointed: 2011

While in high school Amanda was fortunate to have amazing teachers and mentors in science, and these individuals played a significant role in determining her educational and career path. From Skidmore, she graduated summa cum laude, majoring in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration and a second major in dance performance. While at Skidmore, she was an America Reads volunteer, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Periclean Academic Honor Society; she won the Charlotte W. Fahey Prize for outstanding work in chemistry and the Joseph Garrison Parker Prize, awarded to that senior who excels in a science and shows promise in an art form. As an undergraduate she also completed a thesis entitled “Tandem Intramolecular Diels-Alder Product and Synthesis,” served as a peer tutor, worked in a research laboratory at the University of Vermont and the Strong Children’s Research Center at the University of Rochester. After graduation from Skidmore, she was as a biochemist at General Electric’s Global Research Center, completing research in cancer diagnostics and molecular imaging while working with a team to lead science instruction for area elementary students. She went onto graduate school at the University of Rochester, where she first earned a master’s in biochemistry; and during those three years, she served as a student mentor in the laboratory; served as a teaching assistant in Advanced Topics in Biological Macromolecules and as a lead instructor for sections of an undergraduate laboratory biochemistry course. She continued for another three years at Rochester and earned a doctorate in biochemistry, work which included a scientist-instructor internship at the university’s Life Sciences Learning Center and which culminated in her dissertation based on her research ultimately completed at the Sanford Children’s Health Research Center in Sioux Falls, SD. She is an accomplished researcher, presenter, and lecturer and a published writer. At Taft, Amanda teaches chemistry and biology, leads yoga classes, helps with the dance program. She lives in Congdon House with her husband Jared, daughter Cora, and black lab Dakota.

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