Born and raised near Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Linger graduated from the University of Maryland in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in biology with high honors in zoology. Her undergraduate thesis involved field ecology studies of streambed invertebrates and their responses to habitat heterogeneity. After college, she worked in the Maryland biotechnology industry for two years before moving to Colorado to pursue graduate studies in neuropharmacology.
During graduate school, Dr. Linger investigated molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, focusing on ethanol-mediated changes in glutamate receptor phosphorylation and subcellular localization in the hippocampus. Her work was funded by a predoctoral National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In addition to research, Dr. Linger taught general biology to undergraduate students and served as President of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Student Senate. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Colorado in 2005.
Dr. Linger continued her research training as a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Colorado. Her postdoctoral research focused on the identification of novel biologic targets for new therapies in lung cancer and leukemia. Dr. Linger’s work contributed to the publication of several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and two patents. In 2008, Dr. Linger received the Scientific Merit Award from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. Toward the end of her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Linger joined the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the postdoctoral experience. She served as an associate editor for the NPA’s quarterly newsletter, The POSTDOCket, from January 2012 to December 2013, and as the editor-in-chief from January 2014 to May 2015.
After many years of research-intensive training, Dr. Linger left the bench to pursue a career in teaching. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Rocky Vista University since July 2013.
In her free time, Dr. Linger enjoys Pilates and spending time outdoors with her husband and their two children.