Dawn Bisi

  • Laboratory Instructor 2


4249 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Dawn’s graduate research involved genetically engineering the bacterium Pantoea agglomerans, a symbiont of the malarial vector Anopheles mosquito, to express molecules known to have antimalarial properties. This use of symbiotic control to fight malaria aims to improve upon the current treatment limitations such as mosquito resistance to insecticides and poor public health infrastructure in the developing countries most affected.

She has taught the Foundations of Biology I and II, Neural Defects, and Water Channels in Disease lab courses.  Dr. Bisi enjoys teaching lab courses because she can work closely with students and help them to build confidence in their ability to conduct and design sound experiments and to speak intelligently about the work that they’ve performed.

In her free time, Dr. Bisi enjoys walking and listening to comedy podcasts.

Dr. Bisi received her Ph.D. in 2009 with David J. Lampe at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, began teaching part-time for the department in 2014, and became a full-time laboratory instructor in 2017.