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Sarah Swerdlow

Sarah J. Swerdlow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

📞 724-589-2066
 Academic Center 400

Education and Experience

  • B.S. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Clarion University, Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. Pathology, Cancer Biology program, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
  • Lecturer, Bowling Green State University, Firelands Campus, Ohio
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Mechanisms of Mutation Group, North Carolina

Research interests include:

  • The dgt mutator project that involves collaboration with the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The project is focused on determining how dgt acts as a mutator by utilizing E.coli as a model system. Mutations are the cause of many diseases most notably, cancer. If we can determine how mutations are increased in E.coli it could lead to a better understanding of how mutations occur in the formation of cancer.
  • The Phage Hunters project that introduces the idea of phage therapy. This project follows the Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education (PHIRE) program led by Graham F. Hatfull, Ph.D., from the University of Pittsburgh. This project involves discovering mycobacteriophages from soil samples.

Current Courses Taught at Thiel

BIO 145 - Foundations of Biology, BIO 322 - Genetics, BIO 212 - Microbiology, BIO 290 - Cell Biology, BIO 399 - Molecular Biology, BIO 452/482 - Independent Study, BIO 462 - Senior Seminar

Lab Graduates

  • 2014
    • Ashley Davis - Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Sciences, Kent State University
    • Stephanie Dudics-Giagnocavo - Research Technician II, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • 2015
    • Liz McCurdy - Physician Assistant program, Gannon University
    • Hannah Stelmach - Veterinary school, Edinburgh University in Scotland
    • Shay Kashey - Marine Biology graduate program in Australia
    • Anne Mullhausen - Medical Lab Science program, PA College of Health Sciences
    • Colt Capan - Masters in Microbiology and Immunology, Wright State University
    • John Riggans - Masters in Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University
    • Nichole Carlton - Physician Assistant program,  University of Mount Union
    • Chase Good - BS Nursing program, Walsh University
  • 2016
    • Dan Koller - Physical Therapy program, The Ohio State University
    • Steve Kozuch - Physical Therapy program, Gannon University
  • 2017
    • Morgan Murphy - Master of Biomedical Sciences degree program, Duke University School of Medicine