PHIRE Coordinator and SEA-PHAGES Project Materials Coordinator

Debbie is actively developing the phage discovery and genomics platform for advancing science education. She oversees program development for the PHIRE program and coordinates many aspects of the SEA-PHAGES program, and is spearheading methods to use a variety of Actinobacteria hosts for phage isolation, including Arthrobacter sp., Rhodococcus erythropolis, Gordonia terrae, Dietzia marisCorynebacterium viteraeruminis, and various Mycobacterium strains.  Debbie works closely with undergraduate student researchers in their quest to isolate and characterize bacteriophages of these hosts.

Prior to joining the Hatfull Lab, Debbie worked as both a Medical Technologist and Pathology Assistant at UMPC Presbyterian Hospital and as teacher at Latrobe High School. She is currently studying towards her Ph.D. in Science Education.

Debbie can be contacted at:

Department of Biological Sciences
4249 5th Avenue
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 648 3170
djs@pitt.edu