Dr. Heidi Devlin Berg,
RACC and Albright Alumna
Heidi Devlin Berg represents the transformative power of higher education for the non-traditional student. Her journey has taken her from working as a cook in an Italian restaurant to graduating with Honors with an Associate's Degree in Biology from Reading Area Community College, followed by earning a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Albright, also with Honors. Berg was selected to give the Commencement Address at her RACC graduation and at her Albright graduation. Berg continued with graduate studies and was one of only four accepted to a doctorate program in Cell and Molecular Biology at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where she worked in the Jake Gittlen Cancer Research Institute.
Her thesis work involved studies detailing the design and implementation of a specific enzyme to learn more about its function in melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. She received a grant as a graduate student for this study.
Her post-doctoral work was also in the field of cancer research, first in looking at preventing cancer from viral sources such as HPV (Human Papilloma Virus, a major cause of cervical cancer) as well as HBV (Hepatitis B Virus, which is associated with liver cancer). Her second post-doctoral appointment involved research related to testosterone and prostate cancer.
Berg started teaching as an adjunct at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Lebanon in 2004 and was hired as a full-time professor in 2008. She teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and Human Biology. She has also taught as an adjunct at Penn State Harrisburg as well as Lebanon Valley College.
In addition to her academic achievements, Berg has a wide range of other interests and achievements, namely cooking, travel and photography. She loves to cook and has won scores of ribbons at local fairs, and in 1996, she was one of 75 winners in North America in the "Spirit of Betty Crocker" contest to celebrate the 75th year of Betty Crocker. She loves to travel also and has traveled extensively in the Caribbean, in Mexico, in Canada, and in Europe as well as in 35 of the 50 states. A third passion is photography, where she has also achieved success. She has won ribbons in fairs and currently has photographs hanging in the hallways of the Lebanon Campus of HACC.