Dr. MaryAnn Pope is a science teacher at Waterford, specializing in chemistry and molecular biology. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and doctorate degree from the University of Utah in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. Her graduate research involved elucidating the mechanism of the DNA repair enzyme MutY and murine MYH. She has published several peer review scientific papers in respected journals such as: Biochemistry, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Chemistry and Biology, and DNA Repair. During her time at the University of Utah, MaryAnn received several prestigious awards. As an undergraduate student she was awarded both the Leon Watters and the Walter D. and Grace G. Bonner Memorial Awards for her outstanding achievement in academics from the University of Utah Chemistry department. As a graduate student she received an NIH Fellowship Grant and was given the William W. Epstein Outstanding Educator Award by the University of Utah department of Chemistry for her work as a teaching assistant. Prior to joining the Waterford faculty in 2014, MaryAnn taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. The courses that she taught include: introduction to chemistry, general chemistry lab I and II, and elementary bioorganic chemistry. Outside of teaching, MaryAnn enjoys tennis, hiking, running, reading, roller coasters, and watching action movies. She lives in Sandy with her husband and two daughters.