Curriculum Vitae AMY CHENG VOLLMER

Curriculum Vitae AMY CHENG VOLLMER
Curriculum Vitae
AMY CHENG VOLLMER
avollme1@swarthmore.edu
Department of Biology
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1390
610-328-8044 (voice)
610-328-8663 (fax)
Education:
Post-doctoral fellow in Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of
Immunology, Stanford, CA 1983-1985
Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign: 1983
B.A. in Biochemistry, Rice University, cum laude: 1977
Positions Held and Teaching Experience
Chair of Biology, Swarthmore College:
2013 - present
Professor of Biology, Swarthmore College: 2004 – present
Teaching: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Microbial Pathogenesis &
the Immune Response, seminar in Microbial Processes & Biotechnology, and courses
in the area of Bioethics & Biotechnology;
Life Long Learning courses: Microbiology: Why we get sick…or don’t (2006, 2008)
Visiting Professor (part time), Rice University, Institute for Bioscience and Bioengineering;
Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology: 2009 - 2010
Chair of Biology, Swarthmore College: 2003 - 2005
Associate Professor of Biology, Swarthmore College: 1996 - 2004
Teaching: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Microbial Pathogenesis &
the Immune Response, seminar in Microbial Processes & Biotechnology, and courses
in the area of Bioethics & Biotechnology
Assistant Professor of Biology, Swarthmore College: 1992 - 1996
Teaching: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Microbial Pathogenesis &
the Immune Response, and seminar in Microbial Processes & Biotechnology
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Swarthmore College: 1989 - 1992
Teaching: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Developmental Biology, and
seminars in Microbial Adaptation & Development, and Cellular Basis for
Transformation
Assistant Professor of Biology, Mills College: 1985 - 1989
Teaching: Immunology, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and
General Biology
Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, Psychobiology Program: 1988
Teaching: Genetics and Cancer
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, School of Chemical Sciences: 1977 - 1980
Teaching: Biochemistry laboratory course
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Rice University, Chemistry Department: 1976 - 1977
Teaching: Introductory chemistry laboratory
Research Experience
Principal Investigator, Swarthmore College, Department of Biology: 1989 - present
Bacterial responses to stress and environmental challenge in the enteric bacterium,
Escherichia coli and the soil bacterium, Myxococcus xanthus
Principal Investigator, Mills College, Department of Biology: 1985 - 89
Physiology and gene expression in the developmental life cycle of the soil bacterium,
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Myxococcus Xanthus
Co-investigator (with Stephen Miller, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Swarthmore):
2006 - 2009
Investigation of the structure/function of universal stress protein family members
Co-investigator (with Sara Hiebert Burch Department of Biology, Swarthmore) 2007 Correlating dietary fat intake in rodents with intestinal microbiota profiles
Co-investigator (with E. C. Everbach, Department of Engineering, Swarthmore): 1994 - present
Investigation of the physical, chemical and biological effects of ultrasound on
bio-engineered luminescent bacteria
Co-investigator (with Andrea Stout, formerly of the Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Swarthmore): 2002- 03. Measuring the amount of stress experience by bacteria when
captured with laser tweezers.
Co-investigator (with Julie Hagelin, Department of Biology, Swarthmore): 2003 -2009
Identification of bacterial associated with bird feathers and scent
Co-investigator (with Jose-Luis Machado, Department of Biology, Swarthmore): 2004 - present
Identificaiton of soil mycorrhizae in the Crum Woods
Consultant, Ashland Specialty Chemical, Drew Industrial (Dr. Winston Goh): 2003 – 2005
Consultant, Southeastern Company, Madison, AL (Richard Gregg II, president): 1997 – 1998
on ultrasound and bacterial survival
Sabbatical Leave Research: Visiting Scientist, University of Pennsylvania: 2005-06
Department of Physics and Astronomy (Laboratory of Mark Goulian)
Investigations of microbial stress response using single-cell fluorescent imaging.
Sabbatical Leave Research: Visiting Scientist, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.: 1997 - 1998
Central Research and Development, Biochemical Sciences and Engineering
(Laboratory of R.A. LaRossa). The application of microbial genetics to the
development of high through-put screens for agri-chemicals
Sabbatical Leave Research: Visiting Scientist, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co: 1993 - 1994
Central Research and Development, Environmental Microbiology(Laboratory of R.A.
LaRossa). The application of microbial genetics to environmental microbiology,
particularly exploiting the stress regulons of Escherichia coli
HHMI Collaborator (with J. Voet, Department of Chemistry, Swarthmore): 1993
Screening an Arabidopsis cDNA library for clones bearing membrane transport
proteins
Visiting Summer Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Stanford University: 1986 - 1987
Department of Biochemistry (Laboratory of D. Kaiser). Physiological and genetic
studies in Myxococcus xanthus
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Department of Medicine: 1983 - 1985
Division of Immunology (Laboratory of J.R. Parnes). Molecular cloning and
characterization of T cell specific differentiation antigens in mouse and human
immune systems
NIH Predoctoral Fellow in Cell Biology/Graduate Research Assistant: 1977 - 1983
University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, Department of Biochemistry (Laboratory
of R. L. Switzer). Genetic organization and regulation of the pyrimidine gene cluster
in the sporulating bacterium, Bacillus subtilis
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Rice University: 1976 - 1977
Department of Biochemistry (Laboratory of the late F. B. Rudolph). Synthesis and
characterization of possible metabolic inhibitors of the adenylosuccinate synthetases
from rat liver and Escherichia coli
Summer Research Intern, Midwest Research Institute: 1975 - 1977
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Analytical Chemistry Division (Laboratory of W. Hagerty). Quantitative analysis of
the metabolic fate of experimental pharmaceuticals from the National Cancer Institute
Summer Research Intern, University of Missouri at Kansas City: 1974
Department of Chemistry (Laboratory of K. L. Cheng, no relation). Optimization of
conditions for ion exchange separation of intermediates in organic synthetic reactions
Fellowships, Grants and Awards/Recognition
Research grants
Research Corporation Multi-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award $75,000 w/
$25K institutional match (Co-PI with Alison Holiday, Department of Chem/Biochem)
Swarthmore College Lindback Faculty Award for excellence in teaching,
sabbatical support 2009 - 2010
Merck AAAS Collaborative Research Grant Biology and Chemistry 2006 - 2009 ($60K)
Co-PI with Sara Hiebert Burch, Kathleen Howard and Stephen Miller
Swarthmore Lang Faculty Fellowship, sabbatical support: 2005 - 2006
Pennsylvania Department of Health (2005 - 2006) $8K
Mentor, Undergraduate Research Fellow, American Society for Microbiology $56K
2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005 (2), 2004, 2002, 2001 (2), 2000 (2), 1997 (2), 1996, 1995
Mentor, Undergraduate Research Fellow, Merck-AAAS 1999
$4K
DuPont Company Aid To Education Research Grant: 1998 - 2000 $10K
National Science Foundation Grant, bioengineering: 1996 - 1998
$25K
DuPont Company Research Accomplishment Award: 1994
Swarthmore Lang Faculty Fellowship, sabbatical support: 1993 - 1994
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Research Funds: 1992 $5K
Swarthmore College Faculty Research Grant: 1989 - present $20K (last award: $2K 2012-14)
Research Corporation Cottrell Science Grant: 1989 - 1992 $50K
Monsanto Corporation Research Grant: 1989 - 1990 $10K
National Science Foundation Research Grant: 1987 - 1989 $10K
Mills College Faculty Development Awards: 1985 - 1989
$5K
Mills College, Heller Foundation Grant: 1985
$50K
Stanford Medical School Cancer Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship: 1984 - 1985
Stanford Medical School Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship: 1983 - 1984
National Institutes of Health Pre-doctoral Fellowship: 1979 - 1983
Professional awards and recognition
National Academies Education Fellow in the Sciences 2014-2015
Inaugural Luhrs Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation and Leadership, Swarthmore College, 2013
ASM Distinguished Lecturer 2011 – 2013
President, Waksman Foundation for Microbiology 2007 - present
Lindback Teaching Fellowship (sabbatical funding) 2009-10
Chair, General Microbiology Division, American Society for Microbiology 2008-09
Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (awarded by the American
Society for Microbiology), 2006
Organizer, Regional Microbiology Educators' Network - Funded by Regional Planning
Coordinator (Region II) of ASM $3K 2003 - present; HHMI $3K 2005 - present
Mellon Foundation $3K 2006 – 2007; 2009 - 2010
Member, Nominating Committee - American Academy of Microbiology’s Founders
Distinguished Service Award (appointed for a 3 year term): 2003 - 2006
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 7th edition (nominated by C. Cardemil ‘01): 2002
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ASM Eastern Pennsylvania Branch's Annual Education Speaker: 2002
Trustee, Waksman Foundation for Microbiology: 2001 - present
Swarthmore Asian Organization: Certificate of Recognition (nominated by students): 2001
Member, Undergraduate Research Committee of the American Society for Microbiology's
Education Board: ASM Board of Education and Training, which received the 2000
Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Integrated Math and Science Teaching Faculty Support, Pennsylvania Commonwealth
Partnership: 1995 - 1997 $15K
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, School of Chemical Sciences, Univ. of Illinois: 1979
Arthur B. Cohn Scholarship, Rice University: 1973 - 1974
Professional Societies
American Society for Microbiology since 1990
NEMPET (North East Microbial Physiology, Ecology and Taxonomy) since 1990
Sigma Xi since 1983
Publications
Books, articles, invited chapters and reviews
(* indicates undergraduate student co-authors)
Vollmer, A.C. 2012. Seeing Biology through the Eyes of a Visually Impaired Student. (Edited by
M. Schaechter and M. Youle), posted on July 26, 2012.
http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/2012/07/seeing-biology-through-the-eyes-ofvisually-impaired-students.html
Liu, T.*, Hougen, H.*, Vollmer, A.C., Hiebert, S.M. 2012. “Gut Bacteria Profiles of Mus
musculus at the Phylum and Family Levels are Influenced by Saturation of Dietary Fatty
Acids. Anaerobe 18 (3): 331-337.
Cardemil, C.V.*, Smulski, D.R., LaRossa, R. A., and A.C. Vollmer. 2010. "Bioluminescent
Escherichia coli Strains for the Quantitative Detection of Phosphate and Ammonia in
Coastal and Suburban Watersheds" DNA and Cell Biology, 29(9): 519-31.
Vollmer, A.C. 2010. Making it Personal. In Small Things Considered
(Edited by M. Schaechter and M. Youle), posted on September 9, 2010.
http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/2010/09/making-it-personal.html
Vollmer. A.C. 2010. Hello Again, Metabolism! In Small Things Considered
(Edited by M. Schaechter and M. Youle), posted on July 22, 2010.
http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/2010/07/hello-again-metabolism.html
Vollmer, A.C. 2010. Taking Risks: ASMCUE Musings. In Small Things Considered
(Edited by M. Schaechter and M. Youle), posted on June 17, 2010.
http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/2010/06/taking-risks-asmcue-musings.html
Vollmer, A.C. 2009. Teaching Resources, Microbiology, in The Encyclopedia of Microbiology,
3rd Edition, edited by Moselio Schaechter, Elsevier: London.
Vollmer, A.C., 2007. Establishment and maintenance of an ASM student chapter. Microbe
2(8): 405.
Shawkey M.D., Hussain M. J.*, Strong A.L.*, Hagelin J.C., Vollmer A.C. and Hill G.E. 2006.
Use of culture-independent methods to compare bacterial assemblages on feathers of
crested and least Auklets (Aethia cristatella and Aethia pusilla) with those of passerines.
Waterbirds 29 (4): 507-511.
Vollmer, A.C. 2006. It's Not What We Say. Microbe 1(11): 516-520.
Vollmer, A.C. 2006. Jump-Starting Your Brain in the Morning. In Strategies for s
Success (C. Johnson, Ed.). No. 45, pp. 1-2. Benjamin Cummins: San Francisco.
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Vollmer, A.C, and S.J. Vollmer. 2005. Book review of: The Microbial Models of
Molecular Biology: From Genes to Genomes, by Roland H. Davis. Bull. Hist,. Med. 79:
358-360.
Vollmer, A.C. 2005. Connecting Branches to Student Activities. ASM News. 71:90-91.
Vollmer, A.C. 2005. Networking: A Lifeline for Faculty at Small Colleges. In Focus on
Microbiology Education, American Society for Microbiology Press, Washington, D.C., Vol
11 (2): 4-5.
Vollmer, A. C. and T. K. Van Dyk. 2004. Stress Responsive Bacteria: Biosensors as
Environmental Monitors. In Advances in Microbial Physiology (Poole, R. K. ed.) Vol. 49:
131-174. Academic Press: London.
Vollmer, A.C. 2004. Resource Review: Bacterial Genetics. Develop. Cell 6: 1-3.
Vollmer. A.C. 2004. Teaching students to write short documents for diverse audiences. In
Great Ideas in Teaching Microbiology (Johnson, C. ed.) Vol. 1: p7-8. Benjamin Cummins:
San Francisco.
Vollmer, A.C Critical thinking questions for each of all 22 chapters. In Microbiology, 5th edition
2002 (Prescott, L.M., Harley, J.P. and Klein, D.A.) McGraw Hill: Boston.
Smulski, D.R., Huan, L.L., McCluskey, M.P., Gladnick-Reeve, M., Vollmer, A.C., Van Dyk,
T.K. and R.A. LaRossa. 2001. A Combined, Functional Genomic-Biochemical Approach to
Intermediary Metabolism: The Interaction of Acivicin with Escherichia coli, J. Bacteriol. 183:
3353-3364. < http://jb.asm.org/cgi/reprint/183/11/3353.pdf>
Wei, Y., Vollmer, A.C. and LaRossa, R.A. 2001. In Vivo Titration of Mitomycin C Action by
the Presence of Four Escherichia coli Genomic Regions on Multicopy Plasmids, J. Bacteriol. 183:
2259--2264. < http://jb.asm.org/cgi/reprint/183/7/2259.pdf>
Benson, S. P. and A. C. Vollmer. 2000. Microbiology Education: A New Venue for
Scholarship in Microbiology Education. In Focus on Microbiology Education,
Spring 2000. American Society for Microbiology Press, Washington, D.C.
Vollmer, A.C. 2000. Passing the Torch: In Love with My Job. In Many Faces, Many Microbes
(R. Atlas, ed.) American Society for Microbiology Press, Washington, DC.
pp 293-298, also reprinted in 2000 ASM News 66: 459-462.
<http://206.64.120.149/asmnews/aug00/images/f1.pdf>
Vollmer, A. C. Plasmids, In Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, 2000 Deluxe edition. (Sarah De
Weerdt, Life Science Editor, Microsoft)
Davidov, Y., Smulski. D., Van Dyk, T. K., Vollmer, A. C., Elsemore, D. A. LaRossa, R. A.
and S. Belkin. 2000. Improved bacterial SOS promoter::lux fusions for genotoxicity
detection. Mutation Research 466: 97-107.
Davidov, Y., D. R. Smulski, T. K. Van Dyk, A. C. Vollmer, R. A. LaRossa and S. Belkin. 1999.
Genotoxicity detection by bacterial strains harboring recA’::lux fusions. In:
Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence: Perspectives for the 21st Century. A. Roda, M.
Pazzagli, L. J. Kricka and P. E. Stanley, eds. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester. pp. 597-600.
Vollmer, A.C., 1999. Mentoring Undergraduate Students in the Laboratory. In Focus on
Microbiology Education, Spring 1999. American Society for Microbiology Press,
Washington, D.C.
Vollmer, A.C. 1998. Visualization of Bioluminescence. In Methods in Molecular Biology:
Bioluminescence Methods and Protocols. (LaRossa, R. A., ed.). Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.
Vollmer, A.C. 1998. Genotoxic Sensors. In Methods in Molecular Biology: Bioluminescence
Methods and Protocols. (LaRossa, R. A., ed.). Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.
Vollmer, A.C., Kwayke, S.*, Halpern, M.* and Everbach, E. C. 1998. Use of Bioluminescent
Escherichia coli to Detect Damage Due to Ultrasound, Appl. Environ. Microbiol, 64(10):
3927-3931. <http://aem.asm.org/cgi/reprint/64/10/3927.pdf>
Belkin, S., Smulski, D.R., Dadon, S., Vollmer, A.C., Van Dyk, T.K., and LaRossa, R.A. 1997.
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A Panel of Stress-Responsive Luminous Bacteria for Toxicity Detection. Water Research,
31(12): 3009-3016.
Vollmer, A.C., Belkin, S., Smulski, D.R., Van Dyk, T.K. and LaRossa, R.A. 1997.
Detection of DNA damage by use of Escherichia coli carrying recA'::lux,
uvrA'::lux or alkA'::lux reporter plasmids, Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 63(7), 2566-2571.
<http://aem.asm.org/cgi/reprint/63/7/2566.pdf>
Belkin, S., Van Dyk, T.K., Vollmer, A.C., Smulski, D.R., Reed, T.R., and LaRossa, R.A.
1996. Monitoring Sub-Toxic Environmental Hazards by Stress Responsive Luminous
Bacteria, Environ. Tox. and Water Qual. 11(3):179-185.
Belkin, S., D.R. Smulski, A.C. Vollmer, T.K. Van Dyk and R.A. LaRossa. 1996. Oxidative
stress detection with Escherichia coli harboring a katG'::lux fusion. Appl. Environ.
Microbiol. 62: 2252-2256. <http://aem.asm.org/cgi/reprint/62//2252.pdf>
Van Dyk, T.K., Smulski, D.R., Reed, T.R., Belkin, S., Vollmer, A.C. and LaRossa, R.A.
1995. Similar Response to Adverse Environmental Conditions by Escherichia coli Strains
Carrying uspA'::lux or grpE'::lux Genetic Fusions, Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 61: 41244127. <http://aem.asm.org/cgi/reprint/61/11/4124.pdf>
Van Dyk, T.K., Reed, T.R., Vollmer, A.C. and LaRossa, R.A. 1995. Synergistic Induction of
the Heat Shock Response in Escherichia coli by Simultaneous Treatment with Chemical
Inducers, J. Bacteriol. 177: 6001-6004. <http://jb.asm.org/cgi/reprint/177/20/6001.pdf>
Van Dyk, T.K., Belkin, S., Vollmer, A.C., Smulski, D.R., Reed, T.R. and LaRossa, R.A.
1994. Fusions of Vibrio fischeri lux Genes to Escherichia coli Stress Promoters:
Detection of Environmental Stress. In Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence:
Fundamentals and Applied Aspects. (Campbell, A.K., Kricka, L.J. and Stanley, P.E., eds.)
Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, pp. 147-150.
Belkin, S., Vollmer, A.C., Van Dyk, T.K., Smulski, D.R., Reed, T.R. and LaRossa, R.A.
1994. Oxidative and DNA Damaging Agents Induce Luminescence in E. coli Harboring
lux Fusions to Stress Promoters. In Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence:
Fundamentals and Applied Aspects. (Campbell, A.K., Kricka, L.J. and Stanley, P.E., eds.)
Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, pp. 509-512.
Sukhatme, V.P., Vollmer, A.C., Erickson, E., Isobe, M., Croce, C. and Parnes, J.R. 1985.
Gene for the Human T Cell Differentiation Antigen Leu-2/T8 Is Closely Linked to the
Kappa Light Chain Locus on Chromosome 2. J. Exp. Med. l6l: 429-434.
Zamoyska, R., Vollmer, A.C., Sizer, K.C., Liaw, C.W. and Parnes, J.R. 1985. Two Lyt-2
Polypeptides Arise from a Single Gene by Alternative Splicing Patterns of mRNA. Cell
43: l53-l63.
Sukhatme, V.P., Sizer, K.C., Vollmer, A.C., Hunkapiller, T. and Parnes, J.R. 1985. The T Cell
Differentiation Antigen Leu 2/T8 is Homologous to Immunoglobulin. Cell 40: 59l-597.
Peer-reviewed Abstracts (* indicates undergraduate student co-authors and presenters)
Burson, R.*, Eppley, L.* and A Vollmer. 2014. “Isolation of soil bacteria capable of degrading the
triazole fungicide myclobutanil.” Presented at the 11th annual regional Microbiology Educators
Research Conference at Penn State, Berks campus, Reading, PA
Kogekar, N*., Holliday, A., and A. Vollmer. 2013. Isolation, Enrichment, and Characterization of Soil
Bacteria Capable of Metabolizing the Triazole Fungicide Epoxiconazole. In Abstracts of the
113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, ASM: Washington,D.C.
Spady, E.* and A.C.Vollmer. The Effect of Universal Stress Protein A Phosphorylation
on Heat Shock Response in Escherichia coli. In Abstracts of the 113th General Meeting of
the American Society for Microbiology, ASM: Washington,D.C.
Morris, R.*, Parker, A*., Goh, T.*, Kazakar, S.*, Samra J.* and A. Vollmer. 2012. "Universal
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Stress Protein from Escherichia coli: Characterization of 38 alleles of the uspA gene" at
ABRCMS meeting in San Jose, CA.
Parker, A.*, Goh, T.*, Kazaklar, S.*, Samra, J.,* Morris, R*. and A. Vollmer. 2012. "Universal
Stress Protein from Escherichia coli: Production of a green pigment from uspA alleles
carrying a lux reporter plasmid" at ABRCMS meeting in San Jose, CA. (Best poster award
for A. Parker)
B. K. McIntosh, D. P. Renfro, R. Lovering, S. Ades, R. Britton, I. Friedberg, L. Hughes, S.
Trevino, A. Cheng Vollmer, F. McCarthy, J. Willey, B. Pruess, S. Perdue, J. Kowalski, T.
Paustian1, D. Migl, D. A. Siegele, A. E. Zweifel, J. C. Hu. 2012. CACAO: Competitive
Annotation of Gene Function. Oral abstract session 129. In Abstracts of the 112th General
Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, ASM: Washington,D.C.
Liu, T.*, Hougen, H.*, Hiebert, S.M., and A.C. Vollmer. 2010. Bacteroidetes/Firmicutes Ratios
in Mus musculus are Affected by Saturation of Dietary Fatty Acids. I-252. In Abstracts of
the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, ASM:
Washington,D.C.
Weiser, N.*, Lascano, D.* and A. Vollmer. 2010. Investigating the effects of mutations in the
gene encoding the Escherichia coli Universal Stress Protein A. Abstr. I-3070 In Abstracts
of the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, ASM:
Washington,D.C.
Barton, S.,* E. C. Everbach, and A. C. Vollmer. 2009. Ultrasonic destruction of microbial
biofilms revealed by confocal microscopy. Abstr Q-289 In Abstracts of the 109th
General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, ASM: Washington,D.C.
Benjamin, C.*, Zee, B.*, Hiebert Burch, S. and A. C. Vollmer. 2009. Gut microbial
profiles: Investigating the influence of dietary fatty acid consumption on Phodopus
sungorus colonic microbiota using 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis
Abstr I-037 In Abstracts of the 109th General Meeting of the American Society for
Microbiology, ASM: Washington, D.C.
Bice, T.*, Gilchrist-Scott, D.*, Hiebert Burch, S., and A. C. Vollmer 2009.
Environmentally dependent differential fatty acid consumption does not
significantly alter Mus musculus colonic microbial profiles. Abstr I-036 In
Abstracts of the 109th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology,
ASM: Washington, D.C.
Handler, J.S.* and A. C. Vollmer. 2009. Investigation of the function of Escherichia coli
uspC in motility and stress response. Abstr I-053 In Abstracts of the 109th General
Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, ASM: Washington, D.C.
Benjamin, C.*, Zee, B.*, Hiebert Burch, S. and A. C. Vollmer. 2008. Gut microbial
profiles: Influence of different fatty acid consumption on Phodopus sungorus
colonic microbiota by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. Presented at ABRCMS in
Orlando, FL.
Krasity, B.*, Yoon, D*., and A. C. Vollmer 2008. Purification and Characterization of
Escherichia coli Universal Stress Proteins. Abstr I-56 In Abstracts of the 108th
General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington,
D.C.
Barash, N. R.*, Condon, K. A.*, and A. C. Vollmer. 2008. Probing the Function of
Escherichia coli Universal Stress Protein A Using Site Specific Mutagenesis and
Synthetic Lethality. Abstr I-57 In Abstracts of the 108th General Meeting of the
American Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Anguah, K.*, Velez, R.*, Vollmer, A. C. and E. Carr Everbach. 2007. Effect of 810 kHz
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cw ultrasound on bacterial biofilms. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122(5):3052.
Bolles, M.*, Buffie, C.*, Glick, A.*, Willman, A.* and Vollmer, AC. 2006. Universal
stress proteins in Escherichia coli: suppressor and synthetic lethal screens. Gordon
Conference on Microbial Stress Response.
Buffie, C.G.* and Vollmer, A.C. 2006. Regulation of Oxidative and Nitrogen Starvation
Stress Responses by the Universal Stress Proteins A and C in Escherichia coli.
Abstr I-14 In Abstracts of the 106th General Meeting of the American Society for
Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Glick, A.* and Vollmer, A.C. 2006. Characterization of the Universal Stress Protein A
Paralog uspE of Escherichia coli: Survival and Stress Response. Abstr I-23 In
Abstracts of the 106th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
ASM: Washington, D.C.
Bolles, M.* and Vollmer, A.C. 2006. Biofilm formation as a selectable phenotype for
functionality of Universal stress protein A in Escherichia coli. Abstr I-16 In
Abstracts of the 106th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
ASM: Washington, D.C.
Esquejo, R.,* Strong, A.*, Losq, S.*, Asher, V.*, Kett, L.,* Machado, J.-L., Vollmer,
A.C. 2005. Identification of Mycorrhizal Fungi Associated with the Roots of
Invasive Norway Maple and Native Sugar Maple in Swarthmore, PA. Presented at the
Northeast Ecology and Evolution Conference at Penn State University.
Kishor, A.*, Everbach, E.C. and Vollmer, A.C. 2005. Determination of the effects of
treatment by high frequency ultrasound on several bacterial species in liquid culture,
abstr Q-135. In Abstracts of the 105th General Meeting of the American Society for
Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Hussain, M.J.*, Strong, A.*, Hagelin, J., Hill, G., Shawkey, M., Roberts, S., Vollmer, A.C.
2005. Identification of bacterial species associated with the tangerine-scent of an Artic
Seabird, abstr N-123. In Abstracts of the 105th General Meeting of the American
Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Gaskell, J.C. *, Stout, A.L. and A.C. Vollmer. 2003. Measurement of oxidative stress response
as reported by a katG’::luxCDABE fusion of Escherichia coli subjected to optical traps,
abstr. I-31. In Abstracts of the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for
Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C. Recognized by a Student Travel Award to JCG
from the ASM.
McFalls. J.M.*, Marshall, K.L.* and A. C. Vollmer. 2003. The Regulation of the Escherichia
coli uspA Gene and Its Product: Effects of Transcriptional Regulators and the Role of
Phosphorylation, abstr. I-32. In Abstracts of the 103rd General Meeting of the American
Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
So, M. J.* , Everbach, E. C. and A. C. Vollmer. 2003. Reduction of Escherichia coli viability
through ultrasound exposure from a novel apparatus, abstr. Q-282. In Abstracts of the
103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Vollmer, AC 2003. Scientists Who Publish Education Research: How Does It Impact Their
Careers? 2003 Learning to Change Conference - American Association for Higher
Education, Washington, D.C.
Alderete, A.P.*, Valentine, L.E.*, Willman, A.M.*, Kim, H.* and A. C. Vollmer. 2001.
The Universal Stress Protein of E. coli: Its Evolutionary Conservation and Influence
in Regulating Stress Responses and Biofilm Formation, abstr. I-17. In Abstracts of the
101st General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington,
D.C.
Cardemil, C.V.*, and A.C. Vollmer. 2001. Development and Use of Bioluminescent
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Biosensors in Escherichia coli for the Quantitative Detection of Phosphate in Coastal
and Suburban Watersheds, abstr. I-16. In Abstracts of the 101th General Meeting of
the American Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Nobile, C.J.* and A.C. Vollmer. 2000. Stress Response Profiling: Using Bioluminescent
Escherichia coli to Measure the Possible Targets of Antimicrobials and Other
Compounds, abstr. I-68, p396. In Abstracts of the 100th General Meeting of the
American Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Alderete, A.P.* and A.C. Vollmer. 2000. A Possible Role in the Universal Stress Protein
(UspA) in Escherichia coli in the Regulation of Stress Response, abstr. I-70, p396-397
. In Abstracts of the 100th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
ASM: Washington, D.C.
Vollmer, A.C., Halpern, M.*, Kwakye, S.* and Everbach, E.C. 1998. Bacterial Response to
Acoustic Cavitation. Gordon Conference on Microbial Stress Response.
Vollmer, A.C. and Ruzinova, M.* 1998. Downstream Regulatory Targets and Phylogenetic
Conservation of the Universal Stress Protein of E. coli Gordon Conference on
Microbial Stress Response.
Halpern, M.*, Kwakye, S.*, Everbach, E. C., and Vollmer, A.C. 1998. An Investigation of
the Effects of Ultrasound Exposure on Escherichia coli Using a Bioluminescent
Reporter System, abstr. A-98, p.55. In Abstracts of the 98th General Meeting of the
American Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Ruzinova, M.* and Vollmer, A.C. 1998. A Study of the Possible Roles and the Extent of
Evolutionary Conservation of the Universal Stress Protein Gene from Escherichia coli,
abstr. I-84, p. 322. In Abstracts of the 98th General Meeting of the American Society
for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Glater, E.* and Vollmer, A.C. 1997. A Study of the Oxidative Stress Response in Escherichia
coli Using a Plasmid Carrying a katG::lux Promoter Fusion, abstr. I-007, p 323. In
Abstracts of the 97th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. ASM:
Washington, D.C.
Tepavcevic, J.* and Vollmer, A.C. 1997. Transcriptional Activation of the recA Promoters from
Escherichia coli and Deinococcus radiodurans as Measured by Bioluminescence, abstr.
I-008, p 323. In Abstracts of the 97th General Meeting of the American Society for
Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Vollmer, A.C. and Everbach E.C. 1996. Induction of the Heat Shock Response and the SOS
Response in Escherichia coli by the Effects of Acoustic Cavitation from Ultrasound.
Gordon Conference on Microbial Stress Response.
Suprapto, A.* and Vollmer, A.C. 1996. Construction of an in vivo Reporter System for Use in
Both Escherichia coli and Myxococcus xanthus, abstr. H-35, p 489. In Abstracts of the
96th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, DC.
Vollmer, A.C., Makin, I. R. S. and Everbach E.C. 1996. Induction of the Heat Shock Response
and the SOS Response in Escherichia coli by the Effects of Acoustic Cavitation from
Ultrasound, abstr. I-85, p317. In Abstracts of the 96th General Meeting of the American
Society for Microbiology. ASM: Washington, D.C.
Smulski, D.R., Van Dyk, T. K. Elsemore, D. A., Purohit, H., Vollmer, A. C. and LaRossa, R.
A. 1996. Nutritionally-regulated, luxCDABE-based Escherichia coli Sensors. H-148 p
509. In Abstracts of the 96th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
ASM, Washington, D.C.
LaRossa, R.A., Smulski, D.R., Vollmer, A.C., Reed, T.R., Belkin, S. and Van Dyk, T. K.
1995. Environmental Stress Detection with Universal Stress Protein GeneBioluminescence Gene Fusions in Escherichia coli. abstr. K-130. p 559. In Abstracts of
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the 95th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.ASM,
Washington, D.C.
Vollmer, A.C., Smulski, D.R., Van Dyk, T.K., Belkin, S. and LaRossa, R.A. 1994. Promoterlux Fusions Responsive To Nutritional Deprivation in E. coli. Gordon Conference on
Microbial Stress Response.
Belkin, S., Vollmer, A.C., Van Dyk, T.K., Smulski, D.R. and R.A. LaRossa. 1994.
Bioluminescent Responses To Oxidative Stress And DNA Damage in E. coli. Gordon
Conference On Environmental Sciences: Water.
Smulski, D.R., Vollmer, A.C., Van Dyk, T.K., Belkin, S. and LaRossa, R.A. 1994. Escherichia
coli Promoter-lux Fusions Responsive to Nutritional Deprivation. FASEB Federation
Proceedings. 8(7): 310.
Belkin, S., Vollmer, A.C., Van Dyk, T.K., Smulski, D.R. and LaRossa, R.A. 1994.
Bioluminescent Responses to Oxidative Stress and DNA Damage in E. coli. abstr. Q-250,
p 432. In Abstracts of the 94th General Meeting of the American Society for
Microbiology. ASM, Washington, D.C.
LaRossa, R.A., Smulski, D.R., Belkin, S., Vollmer, A.C., Reed, T.R. and Van Dyk, T.K.
1994. A Panel of Escherichia coli Promoter-lux Fusions for the Detection of
Environmental Insults. abstr. Q-249, p 432. In Abstracts of the 94th General Meeting of
the American Society for Microbiology. ASM, Washington, D.C.
Vollmer, A.C., Sukhatme, V.P., Sizer, K.C., Hunkapiller, T. and Parnes, J.R. 1985. Leu2/T8 is Homologous to Immunoglobulin and T Cell Receptor Variable Regions
FASEB Federation Proceedings. 44(3): 790.
Zamoyska, R., Vollmer, A.C., Sukhatme, V.P., Sizer, K.C. and Parnes, J.R. 1985. Sequence
and Expression of Lyt-2 FASEB Federation Proceedings. 44(4): 1177.
Vollmer, A.C. and Switzer, R.L. 1983. Molecular Cloning of the pyrB Gene from Bacillus
subtilis. American Society for Microbiology Abstracts.
Vollmer - Research Experience with Students at Swarthmore College
Student (class year) major (H= honors) current/last known position
• = ASM undergraduate research fellow
currently in the lab:
Randall Burson ’15 Biology H
Swarthmore student
Luke Eppley ’17
Biology
Swarthmore student
Roxanne Morris ’15 Biochemistry H
Swarthmore student
Martin Mathay ’15 Biochemistry
Swarthmore student
Previous lab members
Natalie Campen ’14 Environ Studies H
Research Assistant, Stanford Univ, CA
Jasmeet Samra ’14 Biology
Research Assistant, Penn State, PA
Stephanie Chia ’13 Biology
Research Assistant
Erik Tvetenstrand ‘14 Biology
Research Assistant
Co-mentored by Brad Davison
Karan Padda ’14
Biology H
Medical Student, University of Toledo
Emma Spady ’13 Biochemistry H
Graduate student, Harvard
Nina Kogekar ’13* Biology H
Medical Student, NYU
Ted Goh ’14
Biology
Research assistant, UPenn
Sinan Kazaklar ’14 Biology
Graduate student, London School of Economics
Roxanne Morris ’15 Biology
Swarthmore student
Ariel Parker ’15
Biology
Swarthmore student
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Harrison Lands ’15 undeclared
Tom Liu '12
Biology
Swarthmore student
Medical student, UPenn
Co-mentored by Sara Hiebert Burch
Michelle Walters ’12 Biology
Research assistant, Univ of Texas
Elizabeth Matlock ’12 Biology
Program officer, Earth Sangha, wilderness therapist
Laura Rodgers ’12
Biology H
Research Assistant, NIH
Amy Langdon ’11
Biology H
Research Assistant, Harvard
Nicole Machac ’11 Biology H
Research Assistant, Weill Inst., Cornell University
Cory Benjamin '10 Biology
Graduate research assistant, Stowers/UMKC
Danny Lascano '10 Biology
Research Assistant, UPenn
Natasha Weiser '10* Biology H
MD-PhD student, Univ. Michigan
Sunjay Barton '09* Biochemistry H
MD student, Columbia University
Tristan Bice '09
Biology
Research intern, virology, China
Jesse Handler '09
Biochemistry H
MD-PhD student, NYU
Anna deRegt '09
Biochemistry/Engineering PhD student, MIT
co-mentored by Carr Everbach, Engineering
Nanelle Barash '08* Biology H
DVM-PhD student, UCDavis
Kathleen Condon '08 Biology H
Peace Corps - Mozambique
Benjamin Krasity '08 Biochemistry H
MD-PhD student, Univ. Wisconsin
Dan Yoon '08
Biology
MD student, NYU
Meagan Bolles '06* Biology H
MD-PhD student, UNC-Chapel Hill
Charlie Buffie '06* Biology H
MD-PhD student, Rockefeller-Cornell-Sloan Kettering
Alex Glick
'06 Biology H
MD student, Tufts University
Stephanie Losq '05 Biology
Research Assistant, NIH
Ryan Esquejo '05 Biology
PhD student, UC Irvine
Aaron Strong '06 Biology H
PhD student, MIT-WHOI program
co-mentored w/ J. Hagelin, Biology
M. Jawaad Hussain ‘05 Biology H
MD from New York University
co-mentored w/ J. Hagelin, Biology
Aparna Kishor ‘05* Biochemistry H
MD from Univ. VA
co-mentored w/ C. Everbach, Engineering
Jorge Aguilar '05 Biology
MD-PhD student, Albert Einstein Medical College
Melanie Johncilla '05 Biology
Research Assistant, UPenn
Joanne Gaskell '03 Biology H
PhD student, Stanford Univ.
co-mentored w/ Andrea Stout, Physics
Jeanne McFalls '03* Biology H
MD (UPenn), surgical pathology resident, JHU
Mathew So
'03* Biology H
MD (Mayo), diagnostic Radiology, Winston-Salem, NC
co-mentored w/ C. Everbach, Engineering
Krista Marshall '03 Biochemistry
MD from Univ. Pittsburgh
Laura Valentine '02 Biology
PhD from Univ. Wisconsin
Nicolle Gorby '03
Biology
MD, MPH
Semhar Madmud '02 Biology
MD from Drexel Univ.
Andrew Alderete '02* Biology
Graduate student, USC
Russell Shigeura '02 Biology
deceased
Haena Kim '02
Biology
MD from Univ. Pittsburgh
co-mentored w/ C. Everbach, Engineering
Greg Bokinsky '01 Biochemistry H
Post doc, Univ of CA Berkeley
co-mentored w/ A. Jain, Chemistry
Cristina Cardemil '01* Biology
MD from Univ. Pennsylvania
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Anne Willman '01
Biology
MD from Univ. Pittsburgh
co-mentored w/ C. Everbach, Engineering
Clarissa Nobile '01* Biology
PhD, Assistant Prof, UC Merced, CA
Joseph Tucker '00
Biology H
MD-PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill
Andrew Caffrey '99 Biology H
JD from Harvard Univ.
co-mentored w/ R. Latham, Biology
Nathaniel Hanson '98* Biology H
MS, MIT
co-mentored w/ T. Mysliwiec, leave replacement
Anna Tischler '98* Biology H
PhD, Assistant Prof, Univ of MN
co-mentored w/ T. Mysliwiec, leave replacement
Marianna Ruzinova '98* Biochemistry H
MD-PhD (Columbia); clinical and anatomical pathologist, MA
Matthew Halpern '98* Biology H
MD (Harvard); dermatology and surgery, NJ
co-mentored w/ C. Everbach, Engineering
Sylvia Kwakye '98 Engineering
PhD (Cornell); postdoctoral fellow, Cornell
co-mentored w/ C. Everbach, Engineering
Tinsley Davis '98
Biology
MA, Exec. Director, Natl. Asso. Science Writers
Elizabeth Glater '97* Biology H
PhD, Assistant Prof, Pomona College, CA
Jovanka Tepavcevic'97 Biochemistry H
PhD, Assistant Prof, Wheaton College, IL
Steven Vokes '97
Biology
PhD, Assistant Prof., UT Austin, TX
Brenda Ayers ‘97
Biochemistry
MD, internal medicine, NY
co-mentored w/ T. Van Dyk, DuPont Co.
Karli Watson ’97
Biophysics
PhD (CalTech); postdoctoral fellow, Duke Univ
co-mentored w/ R. Pasternack, Chemistry and P. Collings, Physics
Adisetyantari Suprapto '96* Biology H
PhD (Rockefeller); Rockefeller Univ., Intellect. Prop.
Chi Yun '95
Biology
PhD (UCSD), director NYU Core RNAi facility
L. Christine Turtzo '94 Biology H
MD-PhD (Johns Hopkins Univ.); faculty JHU
co-mentored w/ S. Gilbert, Biology
Todd Kim '94
Biology
MD (Stanford); orthopedic surgeon, CA
Elizabeth Campbell '92 Biology
PhD (Rockefeller); Professor, Rockefeller Univ.
Chris Chon '92
Biology
MD (Stanford), urology, TX
Maarten Hoek '92
Biology
Postdoc. Health Protection Agency, UK
Summer students from other colleges hosted at Swarthmore
Anna Rafalski, Tufts Univ. '01
2000 Univ. Arizona, PhD
Mary Anne Hirshfeld, Williams College '95 1993 PhD in Geology
Nat Gordon-Clark, Oberlin College '93
1991 Attorney (Intellect. Prop), Washington, DC
Swarthmore Faculty hosted in the laboratory
2005
Cheryl Grood, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
2005
Philip Jefferson, Department of Economics
2007
Bruce Maxwell, Department of Engineering
2007
Barbara Milewski, Department of Music and Dance
2011
Timothy Burke, Department of History
2013
Rachel Buurma, Department of English
Swarthmore Staff hosted in the laboratory
2012
Melissa Mandos, Assistant Dean, fellowships and prizes
2012
Leslie Hempling, Assistant Dean, disabilities
2013
Eric Behrens, ITS
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Summer students supervised at Mills College
Sondra Henderson '89
1989
Phillippa Amick '88
1987
Christina Stimmann '87
1986
High School Students and Teachers Hosted in the Summer
Brandywine High School (DE) student:
Victoria Rafalski '01
Strath Haven High School (PA) students: Tim Ripper '05, Lipsa Bhagat '02, John Scott '02,
Naasiha Siddiqui '00, Hwa-Jia Yu '98
Ridley High School (PA) students:
Dana Kozubal '05, Matthew Bramucci '95
Cheltenham High School (PA) student:
Andrew Levy '01 (2 summers)
Penn Crest High School (PA) student:
Sandra Sun '94
Chester High School (PA) student
Charles Garnet '92
Chester High School (PA) teacher:
Judith Odom
Upper Darby High School (PA) teacher:
Kelly Byrne
Along with 4 other Swarthmore science faculty, hosted 24 elementary/secondary teachers from 4
local school districts: Upper Darby, Lower Merion, Wallingford-Swarthmore,
Baldwin School in the IMAST program
(integrated math and science teaching): 1995 - 1996
Invited Lectures on Research
2014 Allegheny Branch ASM speaker, Lycoming College, PA
2013 ASM speaker, Delta University, University Center, MI
University of Georgia, Department of Microbiology, Athens, GA
National Institutes of Health, Microbiology Division, Bethesda, MD
ASM Distinguished (Branch) Lecturer – Ohio Branch, Ashland, OH
2012 ASM Distinguished (Branch) Lecturer – North Central Branch, Fargo, ND
ASM Distinguished (Branch) Lecturer – Indiana Branch, Crawfordsville, IN
ASM Distinguished (Branch) Lecturer – Missouri Branch, St. Joseph, MO
Bryn Mawr College, Department of Biology, Bryn Mawr, PA
2010 Rice University Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering, Houston, TX
2008 Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology annual symposium
held at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
2007 Eastern Michigan University, Department of Biology, Ypsilanti, MI
North East Microbiologists - Physiology, Ecology, Taxonomy conference,
Willowbrook, NY
Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, SC
Cornell University, Department of Microbiology, Ithaca, NY
2006 University of Texas-Arlington, TX (Microbiology Student Chapter invitation)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Bristol Myers Squibb, New Brunswick, NJ
The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2005 Shenandoah Valley VA (Combined communities of: Bridgewater College, James
Madison Univ., Eastern Mennonite Univ., Mary Baldwin College) Student Chapter
of the ASM - Inaugural Lecture
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
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2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1985
1984
1983
Oklahoma State University and the Missouri Valley Branch of the ASM
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Responder to Richard Lewontin, Symposium in Honor of Hugh Lacey’s retirement from
Swarthmore College
St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
Bucknell University, Department of Biology, Lewisburg, PA
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU):
Inaugural Summer Program Speaker
Drexel University, Department of Biology and Biotechnology, Philadelphia, PA
Indiana University, Department of Biology, Bloomington, IN
Williams College, Department of Biology
Linda Hall Library, Kansas City, MO
Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Stress Response
Swarthmore College, Alumni Weekend Lecture
Swarthmore College, Board of Managers Meeting
Swarthmore College, Faculty Noon Lecture
Univ. of Pennsylvania, Schl of Medicine, Dept. of Microbiology
Rice University, Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Ursinus College, Department of Biology
Hofstra University, Department of Biology
Texas A & M University, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Hamilton College, Department of Biology
The Second Tri-College Symposium on Research in the Life Sciences, Haverford, PA
Swarthmore College, Alumni Weekend
Swarthmore College, Faculty Lecture
University of Chicago, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
The First Tri-College Symposium on Research in the Life Sciences, Swarthmore, PA
North East Microbial Physiology, Ecology and Taxonomy Meeting
Swarthmore College, Sigma Xi Noon Lecture
Nineteenth International Conference on the Biology of Myxobacteria
Swarthmore College, Department of Biology
Eighteenth International Conf. on the Biology of Myxobacteria; session chair
Temple University, Biology Department
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Department of Chemistry
Swarthmore College, Department of Biology
University of Delaware, Department of Life Sciences
Swarthmore College, Department of Biology
Pomona College, Department of Chemistry, Pomona, CA
Cutter Biological Laboratories, Berkeley, CA
University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Biology
University of California, Berkeley, Department of Genetics
Mills College, Department of Biology
SRI International, Menlo Park, CA
Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA
International Mid-Winter Conference in Immunology, Pacific Grove, CA
American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
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Invited Lectures on Education/Careers/Public Face of Microbiology
2014 American Society for Microbiology, public outreach panel discussion at the General Meeting
Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square, PA: Microbiology in our lives.
2013 White Horse Village Retirement Community, Media, PA
(co-presenter with Eric Jensen, astronomist, on the origin of the earth and life on it)
American Society for Microbiology, Theobald J Smith Society ASM Branch,
New Brunswick, NJ
National Institutes of Health, Pharmacology Research Associate (PRAT)
Program Seminar Series, Bethesda, MD
ASM Distinguished (Branch) Lecturer - Ohio Branch, Ashland, OH
University of Delaware, Life Long Studies, Wilmington, DE
Rutgers University’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of Selman Waksman’s Nobel Prize
2012 University of Delaware, Life Long Studies, Wilmington, DE
Rotary Club, Swarthmore, PA
St. Joseph’s University McNulty Scholar’s Program Speaker
Invited presenter at Pearson’s Biology Leadership Conference 9, Kiawah Island, SC
ASM Distinguished (Branch) Lecturer – North Central Branch, Fargo, ND
ASM Distinguished (Branch) Lecturer – Missouri Branch, St. Joseph, MO
2011 ASM Branch Lecturer – Western New York Branch, Albany, NY
Rotary Club, Christiana, DE
2010 Plenary speaker – reprise of Carski award lecture, ASMCUE, San Diego, CA
National Institutes of Health, Career Panel, Bethesda, MD
Rice University, Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering, Houston, TX
Rice University, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Houston, TX
University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Microbiology program, Houston, TX
Texas Medical Center, Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology,
Houston, TX
University of Pennsylvania Career Services, Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania Medical School postdoctoral fellows career panel,
Philadelphia, PA
2009 College of Physicians- panel on antibiotic resistance and MRSA, Philadelphia, PA
Indiana University, Biology Department, Bloomington, IN
Keynote speaker, Strategies for Success Workshop, Pearson Publishing,
Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA
2008 Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology annual symposium
held at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Ballenger Lecture Series: Eminent Scientists, Mott Community College, Flint, MI
Keynote speaker on Mentoring and Networking, ABRCMS, Orlando, FL
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA
Boston University, Women in Biology, MA
AAAS Meeting, Careers involving scientific training and interpersonal
communication, Boston, MA
Keynote speaker, Strategies for Success Workshop, Pearson Publishing, Ohlone
Community College, Newark, CA
Keynote speaker, Strategies for Success Workshop, Pearson Publishing, Toronto, Canada
2007 Keynote speaker on Mentoring and Networking, ABRCMS, Austin, Tx
University of Michigan, Life Sciences Post-doc Association, Ann Arbor, MI
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2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
1996
Keynote speaker, Strategies for Success Workshop, Pearson Publishing, Henry Ford
Community College, Dearborn, MI
ASM Kadner Institute: Career Preparation-Graduate Students & Postdocs, Boulder, CO
Cornell University, Department of Microbiology, Ithaca, NY
MIT, Department of Biology, Masters Education Group, Cambridge, MA
Tufts University, Department of Microbiology, Boston, MA
Harvard University, Office of Career Services, Cambridge, MA
Harvard University, Microbial Sciences Program. Cambridge, MA
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Yeshiva University, NY
Panelist, Johns Hopkins University (School of Medicine): Careers in Academics
University of Texas-Arlington, TX (Microbiology Student Chapter invitation)
ASM (American Society for Microbiology) Education Board Sponsored Kadner Institute:
Careers Workshop Panelist on Liberal Arts College Faculty Careers, University of
Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Career Symposium, Blacksburg, VA
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs - Career Workshop Series:
Pursuing an Academic Career, Philadelphia, PA
Swarthmore College Alumni in Atlanta, GA
Swarthmore College Alumni in Seattle, WA
ASM General Meeting - Student Brown Bag Lunch Series: "Non-bench Career
Trajectories"
ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators: "Teaching Metabolism Interactively"
American Society for Microbiology General Meeting - Student Brown Bag Lunch Series:
"Non-bench Career Trajectories"
Strategies for Success Workshop at Prince George's Community College, MD (Pearson,
Benjamin Cummins Publisher)
University of Pennsylvania - Career Workshop for biomedical postdoctoral fellows
ASM Education Board Sponsored GAP (Graduate students & Postdoc) Sumner Institute:
Careers Workshop Panelist on Liberal Arts College Faculty Careers, University of
Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Swarthmore College Alumni in London, UK
Strategies for Success Workshop at Montgomery County Community College, PA
(Benjamin Cummins Publisher)
ASM Education Board Sponsored GAP (Graduate students & Postdoc) Sumner Institute:
Careers Workshop Panelist on Liberal Arts College Faculty Careers, University of
Connecticut, Storrs, CT
ASM Undergraduate Education Conference, College Park, MD
ASM Eastern Pennsylvania Branch, Philadelphia, PA
ASM Undergraduate Education Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
ASM General Meeting, Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology: Session on
Careers in Microbiology, Salt Lake City, UT
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU):
Inaugural Summer Program Speaker
National Association of Biology Teachers National Meeting, Cincinnati, OH
Drexel University, Department of Biology and Biotechnology, Philadelphia, PA
Indiana University, Department of Biology, Bloomington, IN
Texas A & M University, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
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AAUW - Northern Philadelphia Region: Women in Science Day
Franklin Institute: Women in Science Day
Service to the Scientific/Academic Community outside of Swarthmore
Reviewer of manuscripts and other editorial activities:
Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Archives of Microbiology, Water Research,
Journal of Biological Chemistry, Chemosphere, Food Microbiology, Journal of
Biological Physics, International Journal of Biological Sciences, Journal of Basic
Microbiology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), BioQuest,
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Journal of Bacteriology, mBio (ASM),
Anaerobe
Compiled index for the commemorative volume on the Biology of the Myxobacteria
(ASM Press, 1993; Dworkin, M. and Kaiser, D., eds.)
Textbook: Microbiology (McGraw Hill 2002, Prescott et al.)
Textbook: Microbes (ASM Press 2005, Schaechter, et al.)
Reviewer of grant proposals:
HHMI University grant competition (Round I, II)
2013-14
HHMI University grant competition (Round I)
2009
Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation
2006
Panelist for the HHMI University grant competition
2006
Murdock Charitable Trust Foundation
2004-12
Beckman Scholars Program, Beckman Foundation (Advisory Panelist 2002 - 03)
University of Hawaii Sea Grant
1995 - 2000
NSF, graduate research (pre-doctoral) fellowship panel:
microbiology, graduate minority fellowships, Panelist
1998
biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology, Panelist
1999 - 01
biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology, Panel Chair
2001 - 02
ad hoc, NSF bioengineering, microbial genetics research
1996 ad hoc, NIH microbiology research
1998 US Civilian Research/Development Foundation (Cooperative Grants Program) 2006
Thesis committee:
Master's degree thesis: Lori Cory (mentor, John Tudor), St. Joseph's University 2007
Program reviewer/consultant:
Fairfield University, Biology Department
2014
College of the Holy Cross, Biology Department
2014
The College of William and Mary, Biology Department/Cluster review
2010
Reed College, Department of Biology review
2010
Willamette University, Department of Biology, Microbiology search 2009 - 2010
Butler University, Department of Biology, external reviewer
2009
Colgate University, Department of Biology, chair, external review comm. 2009
University of Arizona: AZ-START program, external consultant
2007 - 2010
University of Arizona: HHMI program, chair, external review committee 2005 - 2014
Ursinus College, Biology Department
2006
Brigham Young University, Microbiology program
2006
Dickinson College, Biology department
2001
NSF graduate fellowship program
2003 (Committee of visitors)
Haverford College, HHMI
1997
Georgian Court College, Biology department
1997 (team chair)
Westmont College, Re-Accreditation*
1995
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UC Santa Cruz, Re-Accreditation*
1994
*Western Association of Schools and Colleges Site Visit Team
Meeting organizer/convener
Session convener: “Extraordinary and Extreme Microbial Lifestyles at the
113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology
2013
Session chair, ASM's 2nd Annual Conference on Beneficial Microbes
2008
Advisory committee member, BioMicroWorld2007 Conference
2007
Division I Chair-elect, chair, advisor ASM General meeting planning
2007 - 2010
Convener, Regional Microbiology Educators Network
2004 - 2013
Chair, Session on Mentoring, General Meeting of the ASM
2001
Vice chair (elected), Gordon Conference on Microbial Stress Response
2000
Convener, the First Tri-College Symposium on Research in the Life Sciences 1993
Co-convener, the International Meeting on the Biology of the Myxobacteria,
celebrating the centennial of the discovery of the Myxobacteria
1992
American Society for Microbiology - Service
ASM’s General Meeting Planning Committee
2011 ASM’s Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives Committee 2011 - 2013
ASM’s Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women Committee 2011 - 2013
ASM Carski Undergraduate Teaching Award nominating committee
2010 - 2013
Chair Elect, Chair, Advisor - Division I (General Microbiology)
2007 - 2010
Chair, Student Membership Committee
2004 - 2009
ASM Founders Distinguished Service Award Nominating Committee
2003 - 2006
Judge, Delaware Valley Science Fair, presenter of ASM Eastern Branch award 2003
Presenter - Undergraduate Education Conference
2001, 2002, 2006, 2012
Editor-in-chief, Microbiology Education, ASM Education Board
1999 - 2003
Member, ASM Committee on Undergraduate Education
1998 - 2002
Member, Eastern PA Branch, education Committee
1999 - present
Other service
President, Waksman Foundation for Microbiology
2007 - present
Consultant, University of Arizona's HHMI grant proposal
2005 - present
Trustee, Waksman Foundation for Microbiology
2001 - present
Judge, Concord High School (Wilmington, DE) Science Fair
2000, 2001, 2006
Presenter, Brandywine School District (DE) In-service for Science Teachers 2000
Invited participant, American Society for Cell Biology: Conference in Careers in
Biological Sciences - Advancement for Women and Minorities
1990
Rice University Alumni Association Board (nationally elected position) 1993 - 1996
Council on Undergraduate Research: Committee for Scholarships and Grants 1988
Swarthmore College Service - Tri-College and College-wide
Invited presentations (host)
2014 Panelist for Sesquicentennial Book Tour, San Francisco, CA (Alumni)
Special presentation to Student Academic Mentors: Studying Science at Swarthmore
Panelist – Alumni Weekend presentation: Second Tuesday Science Café, funded by the
Aydelotte Foundation
Panelist – faculty Lunch presentation: Second Tuesday Science Café, funded by the
Aydelotte Foundation
Panelist for Ride the Tide Weekend (Admissions)
Panelist for Sesquicentennial Book Tour, Washington DC (Alumni)
WSRN radio interview: science literacy (Student broadcasters)
Center for Innovation and Leadership (Dean and Alumni Council)
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2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
Special presentation to Student Academic Mentors: Studying Science at Swarthmore
Women in Academia Panel – Natural Sciences and Engineering (Swarthmore students)
Philadelphia Alumni Event: Microbiology of Chocolate
Center for Innovation and Leadership – Drop In workshop on how (and why) to attend a
professional society meeting
Womyn of Color: Workshop on self-silencing
Discovery Weekend faculty panelist (Dean of Admissions)
Philadelphia Alumni Faculty Panel on Pedagogy (invited by President Chopp)
Coordinating second year of Second Tuesday Science Café at Swarthmore
Special presentation to Student Academic Mentors: Studying Science at Swarthmore
Invited to Womyn of Color viewing and discussion of Voices of Color
Initiated Second Tuesday Science Café at Swarthmore – gave first talk: “Bacteria, Viruses,
Antibiotics and Vaccines”
Invited speaker at Swarthmore’s TEDex event: “What Makes a Good Society?”
Faculty Diversity Panel (invited by Dean of Students)
Divisional faculty representative at the Bathtub Debates (sponsored by the debate society)
Panelist at Faculty lunch on serving as a review on grant panels (invited by Associate Provost
and Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations)
2 presentations: Studying Science at Swarthmore (sponsored by Dean’s office)
Consultant to Scott Arboretum on bacterial contamination in water sources for greenhouse
Admissions staff: Call to Serve grant for federal jobs
Asian and Pacific Islander Women: speaking out against self-silencing faculty panel
Alumni connection at Swarthmore, presentation (with Eric Jensen) on Astrobiology
Alumni weekend presentation
Asian and Pacific Islanders: Career panelist
Asian and Pacific Islanders: Women in academia presentation
Alumni Council, after dinner presentation (with Eric Jensen) on Astrobiology
Development Staff meeting: Microbiology and science literacy
Alumni Connections event: Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA
Panel and workshop: Asian Women and Speaking in Public (SAO women)
Alumni Connections event in NYC
Co-convener (with Peter Collings): Mellon Tri-co Faculty workshop:
Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences: Designing a new curriculum
Panelist and moderator (Admissions): Discovery Weekend
Expanding Your Horizons (student coordinators): Microscopy
Faculty Lunch presentation (Associate Provost): Science literacy
Faculty Panel - Upward Bound (Aubrielle Houston): communicating with professors
After Dinner Talk (Provost) Board of Managers
Faculty panelist (Admissions) Discovery Weekend
Faculty speaker (Development): Parents weekend
Faculty speaker (Admissions): Ride the Tide
Faculty speaker (Career services/ Human resources): Leadership workshop
Panelist (Admissions) Admitted Students weekend - Capstone Panel: The Meaning
of Swarthmore and Other Simple Questions
Faculty lunch presentation (Assoc. Provost), Hosting the Diverse Careers on Biology
Panel and working with Career Services
Faculty speaker (College President) First Collection
Panelist (Admissions) NAFSA visiting foreign educational consultants
Speaker on Science at Swarthmore, London Area Alumni (Alumni Relations)
Presenter (Development) “Student-Faculty Research Collaborations in the Sciences”
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2002
2001
Moderator (Alumni) LAX Panel on Biotechnology
Panelist (Admissions) Admitted Students weekend on the "Meaning of Swarthmore
and Life"
2000 Panelist, (SAO) Asian faculty in the sciences/liberal arts colleges
Hosted and introduced Laurie Garrett, Media Fellow (College President)
Panelist (Alumni Council) Women in Science at Swarthmore
2000-2004
Presenter (Dean) Student Study Skills Workshop
2000-2003
Panelist (Dean) Freshman orientation on “How to DO Swarthmore”
1999-2004
Panelist (Admissions) Discovery Weekend: Science in the Liberal Arts
1999 Panelist (Admissions Tri-College Counselors) Student-faculty collaborations
1997 Hosted and introduced Dr. David Ho, AIDS Researcher
1995 Panelist (Admissions) Student-Faculty Research
Lecture on Research, (Alumni Relations) Alumni Weekend
1990-1993
Panelist (Admissions) Minority Recruiting Day, Admissions Committee
1990 Group Co-leader (Dean) Freshman Orientation
College-wide Committees
2013 Working groups discussion regarding diversity and summer bridge programs
2010 - 14 Honorary Degrees Committee (appointed by Provost)
2010 - 12 HHMI Steering Committee (appointed by Provost)
2010 - 12 Co-chair, Call to Serve (Federal jobs) steering committee
2009 - 12 Co-chair, Call to Serve: Federal Job Grant through the Partnership for Public Service
2008 - 09 Acting Program Director, HHMI-funded program at Swarthmore
2007 - 08 Planning Committee on recruitment and Composition of Class and Financial Aid
(appointed by Provost)
2006 - 08 Dean's Advisory Committee (appointed by Provost)
Academic Adviser (Dean) for pre-majors
HHMI Steering Committee (appointed by Provost)
2006
Grievance Panelist (selected by Human Resources)
2004-05 Honorary Degree Committee (appointed by Provost)
2002-03 Honorary Degree Committee (appointed by Provost)
1999 - 01 Council on Educational Policy (elected by faculty)
1998 - 03 HHMI Steering Committee (appointed by Provost)
1998 - 99 Cultural Diversity Task Force (appointed by Provost)
Equal Opportunity Committee (appointed by Provost)
1996 - 97 Academic adviser for students with special needs (appointed by Provost)
Acting Director, HHMI program
1995 - 97 Council on Educational Policy (elected by faculty)
1994 - 95 Committee on Research Ethics (appointed by Provost)
Task Force on Academic Support (appointed by Provost)
1992 - 95 HHMI Steering Committee (appointed by Provost)
COFP Faculty Task Force on Faculty workload (appointed by Provost)
Adviser, Pew Foundation Minority Fellows (appointed by Provost)
1991 - 92 Steering Committee for ALANA, Tri-College faculty of color professional alliance
(appointed by Provost)
1990 - 03 Academic Adviser (Dean) for pre-majors
1990 - 92 Black and Minority Concerns Committee (appointed by Provost)
1990 – 92 Member, ALANA (Tri-College faculty of color) (appointed by Provost)
1990 - 91 AAUP, Executive Committee 1990-91 (elected by faculty)
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Interdepartmental service/participation
Interviewer for tenure track positions (Chemistry/Biochemistry) 1995, 2003, 2006
Health and medicine working group (convened by Ellen Magenheim) 2003 - 2014
Bioethics working group (convened by Amy Vollmer)
2001 - 2012
Biochemistry working group (convened by Amy Vollmer)
1999 - 2002
Biochemistry curriculum review committee (Chemistry Dept.)
1996 - 97
Interviewer for tenure track Asian-American literature position (English Dept.) 1993
Comprehensive examiner, thesis reader for biochemistry (Chemistry Dept.) 1990 - 96
Biology Department
Chair (appointed by Provost)
2013 –
Coordinator, Themes in Biology lecture series (senior comprehensive)
2013
Co-coordinator, Themes in Biology lecture series (senior comprehensive) 2012
Chair, Developmental Biology Search Committee
2011
HHMI committee member (every year that I am not on leave)
1992 - 2011
Mentor, Sarah Hews, Bio-Math post doc (HHMI-funded)
2010 - 2011
Bio Math search committee (HHMI supported)
2008
Course director: Biology 001: Cellular and Molecular Biology
2007
Coordinator, Themes in Biology lecture series
2006
Chair (appointed by Provost)
2003 - 2005
Convener, Alumni Panels on Careers in Biology
2003, 2004
Honors adviser and convener of Senior Honors Study in Biology
1999 - 2005
Budget
1996 - 97; 1999 - 2000; 2002 - 2003
Bios club adviser
1998 - 1999; 2001 - 2002
Building users group Biology representative
2000 - 2003
Course director: Biology 001: Cellular and Molecular Biology
1991, 1995, 1999
Search, microbiology leave replacement
1993; 1997; 2002; 2005; 2009
laboratory technician
1994; 1996
tenure track cell biologist 1995; vertebrate physiologist
1993
Social committee
1995 - 1996
Curriculum committee
1991 - 1993; 1994 - 1995
Coordinator for Senior Evolution Seminar
1992
Handbook committee
1990 - 1991
Academic advisor
1990 – present (unless on leave)
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