Sheryl Fuller-Espie, PhD, DIC
Sheryl Fuller-Espie, PhD, DIC, conducts groundbreaking research in cell-mediated innate immune responses in invertebrates.
Her research focuses on invertebrate cellular defense mechanisms and antimicrobial properties of earthworms (annelids).
Her lab uses flow cytometric methods to investigate the effects of pathogen-associated molecular patterns, oxidative stress, environmental pollutants, and heavy metals on cellular responses including natural killer-like and phagocytic activities, reactive oxygen species production, mitochondrial membrane depolarization, apoptosis, and macroautophagy.
With Cabrini students as collaborators, research in Fuller-Espie’s lab has been published in scholarly journals and presented at state, national, and international conferences, including the eighth and ninth International Symposia on Earthworm Ecology, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, and the Arts, Research, and Scholarship Symposium at Cabrini University.
The National Science Foundation, and the Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have provided funding for Fuller-Espie’s research. She also has received federal grants from the Department of Education, and faculty development summer grants from Cabrini University.
Since 2006, she has served as supervisor for 27 research students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate-level) who have received 31 research grants from the Pennsylvania Academy of Science and the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.
After earning a doctoral degree in biotechnology and a Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of London, Fuller-Espie completed two fellowships at the Imperial College of Medicine, London (formerly the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital) and the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia.
She earned two bachelor of science degrees in cell and molecular biology, and microbiology and immunology from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an associate degree in pre-med from North Dakota State College of Science.
Fuller-Espie is Cabrini University's Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Biological Sciences program.
She is a board member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, serving as corresponding secretary and membership chair; and, is also a member of the Biotechnology Advisory Board of Montgomery County Community College.