Paula Soneral

Job Titles

  • Professor of Biological Sciences
    Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
    Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences


Soneral's research interests include cell motility and the cytoskeleton and regulation of motor proteins in cilia/flagellar assembly.

Started at Bethel



  • University of Michigan - B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1998
  • Stanford University - Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, 2003

Courses Taught

  • BIO230/231 Clinical Microbiology
  • BIO126/127 Integrative Biology and Global Health
  • BIO120/121 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • BIO396/397 Molecular Biology
  • BIO322K Cancer: Science and Society
  • BIO399 Introduction to Research


2014 Biology Scholar, American Society for Microbiology


K.M. Cooper, P.A.G Soneral, and S.E. Brownell. 2017. Define your goals before you design a CURE: A call to use backward design in planning course-based undergraduate research experiences. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 18(2):1-7.

P.A.G Soneral H. Zipoy, and K. Lunacek. 2017. Analysis of Cell Spreading as a Function of Integrin Inhibition. FASEB Journal. 31:165 supplement.

P.A.G. Soneral and S.A. Wyse. 2017. A SCALE-UP Mock-Up Comparison of Student Learning Gains in High- and Low-Tech Active Learning Environments. CBE Life Science Education 16(ar12):1-15

C.J. Ballen, J. E. Blum, S. Brownell, S. Hebert, J. Hewlett, J.R. Klein, E.A. McDonald, D.L. Monti, S.C. Nold, K.E. Slemmons, P.A.G. Soneral, and S. Cotner. 2017. A Call to Develop Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) for Nonmajors Courses. CBE Life Science Education 16(mr2): 1-7

P.A.G Soneral. 2016. Breast Cancer in the Age of Personalized Medicine: A CURE Design for Aspiring Physicians. FASEB Journal 30:662-18 supplement

P.A.G. Soneral and S.A. Wyse. 2015. Your Tax Dollars at Work: A Mock Grant Writing Experience Centered on Scientific Process Skills. CourseSource 2:1-9

A.M. Barral, H. Makhluf, P.A.G. Soneral, and B. Gasper. 2014. Small World Initiative: crowdsourcing research of new antibiotics to enhance undergraduate biology teaching. FASEB Journal 28:618.41 supplement

C.I. Lacayo, P.A.G. Soneral, J. Zhu, M.A. Tsuchida, M.J. Footer, F.S. Soo, Y. Lu, Y. Xia, A. Mogilner, and J.A. Theriot. 2012. Choosing orientation: influence of cargo geometry and ActA polarization on actin comet tails. Molecular Biology of the Cell 23:4 614-629.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

American Society for Cell Biology

American Society for Microbiology

Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research

Research interests

Soneral’s research interests include cell motility and the cytoskeleton and regulation of motor proteins in cilia/flagellar assembly.