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Lipton, Beth

Beth Lipton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Starr Science Center
Office Location
Ph.D., University of Iowa
B.A., University of Iowa
Courses Taught:
Chemistry 205 Lecture and Lab; Chemistry 104 Lab

Beth Lipton is an Assistant Professor in Chemistry. She teaches the Organic Chemistry course for majors and proctors a lab section of General Chemistry for majors and non-majors. Lipton is a native of Iowa and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Iowa in Biochemistry. She did post-doctoral studies at the UCSD and UW-Madison. During her graduate and post-doctoral studies, she held Postdoctoral Fellowship awards from the American Heart Association and National Research Service Awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

After her postdoctoral studies, Lipton was employed by Thermo-Fisher in both technical support and quality control departments. After leaving industry, she taught biology to both majors and non-majors at Rock Valley College before joining the college-preparatory Keith Country Day School in Rockford, IL, for thirteen years. In addition to teaching duties here at RU, she teaches introductory chemistry courses at Rock Valley College. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys watching her children play volleyball at the collegiate level, reading, and cooking.

Research Interests:
Dr. Lipton has studied lipid metabolism at both the cellular level and in whole animal models in both diabetic and atherosclerotic states. She is particularly interested in macrophage biology and the role that this cell plays in inflammatory events early in the development of atherosclerotic lesions.

1. Lipton, B.A.,Yorek, M.A. and Ginsberg, B.H. Ethanolamine and Choline Transport in Cultured Bovine Aortic Endothelial Cell. J. Cell. Physiol. 137, 571-576, 1988.
2. Lipton, B.A., Davidson, E.P., Ginsberg, B.H. and Yorek, M.A. Ethanolamine Metabolism in Cultured Bovine Aortic Endothelial Cells. J. Biol. Chem. 265: 7195-7201, 1990.
3. Ylä-Herttuala, S., Lipton, B.A., Rosenfeld, M.E., Sarkioja, T., Yoshimura, T., Leonard, E.J., Witztum, J.L. and Steinberg, D. Expression of Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein 1 in Macrophage-Rich Areas of Human and Rabbit Atherosclerotic Lesions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 88: 5252-5256, 1991.
4. Ylä-Herttuala, S., Lipton, B.A., Rosenfeld, M.E., Goldgerg, I.J., Steinberg, D. and Witztum, J.L. Macrophages and Smooth Muscle Cells Express Lipoprotein Lipase in Human and Rabbit Atherosclerotic Lesions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 88:10143-10147, 1991.
5. Rosenfeld, M.E., Ylä-Herttuala, S., Lipton, B.A., Ord, V.A., Witztum, J.L. and Steinberg, D. Macrophage-Colony Stimulating Factor mRNA and Protein in Atherosclerotic Lesions of Rabbits and Man. Am. J. Pathol. 140:291-300, 1992.
6. Rosenfeld, M.E., Butler, S., Ord, V.A., Lipton, B.A., Dyer, C.A., Curtiss, L.K, Palinski, W. and Witztum, J.L. Abundant Expression of Apoprotein E by Macrophages in Human and Rabbit Atherosclerotic Lesions. Arterioscler. Thromb. 13:1382-1389, 1993.
7. Lipton, B.A., Parthasarathy, S., Ord, V.A., Clinton, S.K, Libby, P. and Rosenfeld, M.E. Components of the Protein Fraction of Oxidized Low-Density Lipoprotein Stimulates Interleukin 1-A Production by Rabbit Arterial Macrophage-Derived Foam Cells. J. Lipid Re. 36:2232-2242, 1995.
8. Gretch, D.G., Sturley, S.L., Wang, L., Lipton, B.A., Dunning, A., Grunwald, K.A.A., Wetterau, J.R., Yao, Z., Talmud, P. and Attie, A.D. The Amino Terminus of Apolipoprotein Bi Necessary but not Sufficient for Microsomal Triglyceride Transfer Protein Responsiveness. J. Biol. Chem., 1996.

Book Chapters:
1. Rosenfeld, M.E., Lipton, B.A., Ord, V., Ylä-Herttuala, S., Witztum, J. and Steinberg, D. (1992) In Situ Studies of the Atherogenic Properties of Arterial Macrophage-Derived Foam Cells. Proceeding of the Ninth International Symposium on Atherosclerosis. Elsevier Scientific Publishers, B.V. Amsterdam

Invited Review:
1. Rosenfeld, M.E. and Lipton, B.A. (1992) Cellular Responses to Oxidized LDL. Current Opinion in Lipidology, Volume 3(5) 318-323, Current Science Ltd., London.

Professional Memberships and Community Service
Dr. Lipton has been awarded Faculty of the Year awards twice during her tenure at Keith Country Day School. She continues to tutor students in the community with chemistry and biology and also enjoys participating in Kiwanis Brat Day events every summer.