Dr. Marisa Pedulla, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
Montana Tech Research Thrust: Biomedical Science and Biotechnology
Dr. Pedulla received her B.S. in Chemistry with a bioscience option at the University of Pittsburgh with coursework including studies in French and Japanese. She received her Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh in the laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull. After a brief postdoctoral position at Washington State University, she ran the Phage Genomics facility at the Pittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute and co-developed a phage discovery program with Dr. Graham Hatfull.
Dr. Pedulla brought phage discovery to teachers and students across Montana beginning as an assistant professor of Biology at Montana Tech in 2005. Over 13,000 students have participated in her phage discovery program. She has been awarded several significant research grants, including two NIH SEPA grants in collaboration with CFWEP.org entitled "Bringing Research Into the Classroom,” and “Phages Helping Acquire Genuine Experiences in Science.”
|1998||Ph.D. Biology, University of Pittsburgh|
|1991||Japanese, University of Pittsburgh|
|1990||B.S. Chemistry w/ Bioscience Option, University of Pittsburgh|
Genetics Lecture; Genetics Laboratory; Molecular Biology Lecture; Molecular Biology Laboratory; Undergraduate Research; Biology Sophomore Seminar; Pathogenesis; Transgenic Animals; Virology; Extremophiles; Professional Development; Virology 2; Principles of Living Systems; Developmental Biology; Knowledge surveys in assessing biological education; Special Topics Genetics Laboratory (co-taught with Dr. Katie Hailer); HHMI SEA Phages Discovery Course; Cancer Biology; HHMI SEA Phages In silico genome annotation bioinformatics lab; Medical Microbiology; Graduate Bacterial Pathophysiology ; Graduate Principles of Pharmacology; Graduate Seminar Series Graduate Thesis Research; Graduate Technical Writing; Graduate Genomic Medicine; Graduate Human Reproductive Biology ;Graduate Principles and Practice of Human Pathology; Graduate Bacteriophages; Graduate Research Class: Phage Biol Teach I and II (co-taught with Rayelynn Brandl, continuing education for BRIC project teachers); Professional Test Preparation, Graduate Bacteriophage Genomes.
2013-present Professor, Department of Biology, Montana Tech
2013-2014 Scientist in Residence, Helena High School
2008-2013 Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Montana Tech
2005-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Montana Tech
2001-2005 Coordinator, Pittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute
2005,2006 Director, University of Pittsburgh Teacher Training Workshops
2002-2007 Chief Editor, USJF Judo Magazine
Dr. Pedulla's laboratory focuses on the discovery and characterization of mycobacteriophages.
Dr. Pedulla received her B.S. in Chemistry with a bioscience option at the University of Pittsburgh with coursework including studies in French and Japanese. She received her Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh in the laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull. After a brief postdoctoral position at Washington State University, she ran the Phage Genomics facility at the Pittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute and co-developed a phage discovery program with Dr. Graham Hatfull. She brought phage discovery to teachers and students across Montana beginning as an assistant professor of Biology at Montana Tech in 2005. Over 13,000 students have participated in her phage discovery program., with more than 130 newly discovered phages entered into public databasesand >15 viral genomes annotated with teachers and students included as authors. She has been awarded several significant research grants, including two NIH SEPA grants in collaboration with CFWEP.org entitled "Bringing Research Into the Classroom,” and “Phages Helping Acquire Genuine Experiences in Science,” and recently an NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant to acquire a multifunctional transmission electron microscope with which to image the student-discovered phages.
2022 National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award
Administrative Supplement, part-time support for a Microscopy Technician
2022 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation
“MRI: Acquisition of Hitachi HT7800 Electron Microscope,”
2021 Montana INBRE Rapid Infrastructure
2019 National Institutes of Health, Science Education Partnership Award
“PHAGES: Phages Helping Acquire Genuine Experiences in Science,” (with CFWEP.org)
2014 National Institutes of Health, Science Education Partnership Award
“BRIC: Bringing Research Into the Classroom, (with Rayelynn Connole)
2013 National Science Foundation
EAGER Funding Mechanism“Nanoparticle-mediated increase in viral plaque formation,” (with Raj Kasinath and Katie Hailer)
2010 Montana Board of Research & Commercialization Technology
“Nanoparticle-Bacteriophage Cocktails to Combat Infectious Disease (with Raj Kasinath and Jovanka Voyich)
2009 M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Partners in Science (with Kate McElroy)
2009-14 National Institutes of Health MT INBRE 4/9 Funded Research Salary
2007 Montana Tech Faculty Seed Grant
2007 Montana Gear Up Program (with Montana Tech Technical Outreach)
“Diggin’ The Future, A Summer Camp For GEAR UP Students”
2006 NIH-COBRE Center for Development of Immunotherapies to Zoonotic Diseases
“Isolation and Characterization of Bacteriophages That Infect Mycobacterial Species”
- Annotated bacteriophage genomes in GenBank of Mycobacteriophages Tooj (accession no. OP820473), VRedHorse (accession no. OP867027), GigiOuiOui (accession no. OP297528) and Whatsapiecost (accession no. ON526976) (2022) Eradicator (accession no. MZ171378) (2021), Rope (accession no. MT684602) and Moonbeam (accession no. MT684593) (2020) Prickles (accession no. MN444868) and Tomaszewski (accession no. MN096364) (2019) Wamburgrxpress (accession no. MH744425) and HSavage (accession no. MH576954) (2018), Froghopper (accession no. MK112540) and Mr.Yolo (accession no. MH338239) (2017) Nimrod (accession no. MK433262) and DillTech15 (accession no. MH077578) (2016) OwlsT2W (accession no. MH051257) (2015) GageAP (accession no. MH020236), Oliver Walter (accession no. MG925356) and BigPaolini (accession no. MK112530) (2018), and KayaCho (accession no. KF024729) (2013)
- Hanauer, D.I. et al. (2017) An Inclusive Research-Education Community (iREC): A model for student engagement in Science, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1718188115.
- J. M. Andriolo; R. J. Rossi; C. A. McConnell; B. I. Connors; K. Trout; M. K. Hailer; M. L. Pedulla; J. L. Skinner, (2016) "Influence of iron-doped apatite nanoparticles on viral infection examined in bacterial versus algal systems," IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience , 15: 908-916 DOI: 10.1109/TNB.2016.2619349
- Pope, W.H. et al. (2015) “Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of bacteriophage genetic diversity” eLife DOI: 10.7554/eLife.06416.00
- Andriolo, JM, Hensleigh, RM, McConnell, CA, Pedulla, M, Hailer, K, Kasinath, R, Wyss, G, Gleason, W, and Skinner, JL, (2014) "Iron-Doped Apatite Nanoparticles for Improvement of Phage Therapy" Vac. Sci. Technol. B 32, 06FD01; http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.4894460
2023 Montana Tech Distinguished Researcher Award
2023 Montana Tech Faculty Merit Award for Exceptional Achievement in Service and Scholarship
2022 Montana Tech College of Letters Science Professional Studies Faculty Community Engagement Award
2019 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
American Society for Microbiology
Dr. Pedulla is interested in:
Dr. Pedulla also has a competitive athletic background including the following:
1987-1990 Collegiate National Judo Championships, -114 lbs., First Place.
1991: Completed City of Pittsburgh Marathon.
1996, 1997 U.S. Senior National Judo Champion, -52kg.
US Olympic Committee Female Judo Athlete of the Year.
1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Women’s Judo, -52kg, Seventh Place. Pan American Judo Championships, -52kg, Third Place.
1997 US World Judo Championship Team Member.
2004, US Olympic Judo Team Assistant Coach.