Sharon Stranford

Sharon Stranford

Sharon Stranford received her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Hahnemann University (now Drexel), where she studied multiple sclerosis. She then spent 3 years exploring transplant immunology as a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University, followed by 3 years at the University of California, San Francisco, conducting human HIV/AIDS research. In 2001 she was hired as a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College, a small liberal arts college for women in Massachusetts, where she served in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Program in Biochemistry for 12 years. Sharon is now a professor of biology at Pomona College in Claremont, California, where she investigates immunologic markers that influence susceptibility to immune deficiency. She also studies the science of teaching and learning; in particular, initiatives within STEM that foster a sense of inclusion and that welcome firstgeneration college students, like herself. Her teaching repertoire, past and present, includes cell biology, immunology, advanced laboratories in immunology, and seminars in infectious disease, as well as a team-taught course blending ethics and biology, entitled “Controversies in Public Health.”

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