|Kendra J. Golden was born in Bellingham, Washington and grew up in western Washington state. She earned her B.S. in biochemistry from
Washington State University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from The
Pennsylvania State University, where she investigated the nutrient sensing mechanisms that govern sporulation in bacteria of the genus Bacillus. She did postdoctoral work at The Pennsylvania State University in the department of
Entomology, purifying and characterizing an enzyme involved in moth development.
Dr. Golden taught in the Biology department at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota before joining the Whitman faculty in 1990. She has done research at Whitman College during the summers since joining the faculty. She recently spent the 1994-1995 academic year on sabbatical at The Pennsylvania State University in the department of Entomology, investigating the mechanism of toxicity of a microbial insecticide.
Her hobbies include running, weight lifting, softball, basketball, biking, and spectator sports.
Associate Professor Kendra J. Golden is interested in the research and development of environmentally sound insecticidal strategies. She is currently investigating the mechanism of toxicity of a bacterium (Bacillus thuringiensis, or "Bt"), certain strains of which are insecticidal toward larvae of certain species of lepidoptera, diptera and coleoptera. The Bt bacterium is recognized as environmentally benign, so Ass't. Prof. Golden is interested in looking at the potential for the development of resistance in target insects toward Bt. She is also interested in insect physiology and development. She has presented posters in conjunction with undergraduate researchers and others on the following topics since her arrival at Whitman: aphidicidal extracts derived from cashew nuts, the role of glucose dehydrogenase in moth eclosion in Manduca sexta, the temporal activity of glucose dehydrogenase in Manduca sexta larvae, dietary preference of Manduca sexta larvae when given a choice of insecticide-treated diets, the efficacy of a multitoxin strategy in circumventing resistance to insecticides in Manduca sexta, and the effect of environmental factors on the toxicity of nicotine toward Manduca sexta larvae.