Sherrianne Gleason

  • Visiting Lecturer

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359 Langley Hall
4249 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

In 2001, I earned my B.S. in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During my time at IUP I discovered an interest in microbiology. I went on to earn my Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases & Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) in 2008. My dissertation focused on the process of live-cell antigen uptake by dendritic cells. While at GSPH, I had the opportunity to pursue my interest in emergency preparedness. In addition to my doctorate, I earned a Certificate in Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response from the Center for Public Health Practice. After graduating, I stayed at GSPH to work in the Center for Public Health Practice as a Project Coordinator for Public Health Adaptive Systems Studies (PHASYS – a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center) and MIDAS (Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study) Center for National Excellence. I was able to merge my interest in infectious disease with public health by working on preparedness related to an influenza pandemic.

While working in academia, I developed a passion for teaching and decided to move my career in that direction. I worked in the Biology Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 5 years as an Assistant Professor, mainly teaching Microbiology labs and lectures. From there, I joined the Biological Sciences Department here at Pitt. I’m excited to have the opportunity to create an active learning environment in my lectures and to really engage students in the material.

Outside of academia, I have a wide variety of interests. To name a few, I am a volunteer on the Westmoreland County Animal Response Team, a founding member and board member for the non-profit organization The Proper Pit Bull which promotes proper pit bull ownership and responsible rescue through community partnerships, education, and positive training, and a Lead Trainer for obedience classes at Humane Animal Rescue in Pittsburgh.

Sweeney PM, Bjerke EF, Guclu H, Keane CR, Galva

Sweeney PM, Bjerke EF, Guclu H, Keane CR, Galvan J, Gleason SM, and Potter MA. Social network analysis: a novel approach to legal research on emergency public health systems. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2013 Nov-Dec:19(6):E38-40

Potter MA, Brown ST, Cooley PC, Sweeney PM, Her

Potter MA, Brown ST, Cooley PC, Sweeney PM, Hershey TB, Gleason SM, Lee BY, Keane CR, Grefenstette J, and Burke DS. School closure as an influenza mitigation strategy: how variations in legal authority and plan criteria can alter the impact. BMC Public Health. 2012 Nov 14:12:977.

McClure CK, Gleason SM, and Brenner FJ. Avian i

McClure CK, Gleason SM, and Brenner FJ. Avian influenza A (H5N1) virus infection: implications for human populations. Pandemic H5N1, H1N1 and Other Influenza Viruses: Science, Surveillance and Public Health. Easton, PA: The Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 2011. 306-319.

Potter MA, Brown ST, Epstein JM, Gleason SM, Gr

Potter MA, Brown ST, Epstein JM, Gleason SM, Grefenstette J, Hershey T, Keane C, Lee BY, Lin C, Quinn SC, Stebbins S, Sweeney PM, Zhou X, and Burke DS. Public health system preparedness: A framework for modeling pandemic mitigation strategies. [White Paper] 2010 January 21. Center for Public Health Practice, University of Pittsburgh.

Melhem NM, Gleason SM, Liu XD, Barratt-Boyes SM

Melhem NM, Gleason SM, Liu XD, Barratt-Boyes SM. High-level antigen expression and sustained antigen presentation in dendritic cells nucleofected with wild-type viral mRNA but not DNA. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2008 September:15(9):1337- 1344.

Barratt-Boyes SM, Brown KN, Melhem N, Soloff AC

Barratt-Boyes SM, Brown KN, Melhem N, Soloff AC, Gleason SM. Understanding and exploiting dendritic cells in human immunodeficiency virus infection using the nonhuman primate model. Immunol Res. 2006:36(1-3):265-74.
Dr. Gleason earned her PhD with Simon Barratt-Boyes at the University of Pittsburgh and joined the department in 2017.