Susannah Gal, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Associate Dean for Research and Outreach, Office of Research and Outreach
Acting Director, Continuing Education
Environmental Pollution Control MS Graduate Faculty
Environmental Pollution Control MEPC Graduate Faculty
Environmental Engineering Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6302
Office Location: Olmsted Building, C114b
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Dr. Gal earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD and her A.B. in biochemistry/chemistry from Smith College, Northampton, MA. She started a faculty position at Binghamton University in 1994 in the Department of Biological Sciences and continued there until 2015. Her research involved studies of plant proteases using molecular and biochemical tools, evaluation of different molecular tools for DNA computing, developing methods for measuring DNA binding activity and evaluation of changes in DNA binding in different cancer cells. She was involved in campus activities such as the Fulbright student review program to help students apply to do research or teaching abroad. Dr. Gal spent sabbaticals at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland; University of Coimbra, Portugal; Stanford University; and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY.

For two years, she was a program officer with the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences and with the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation (2012-2014). Dr. Gal was interim dean of libraries at Binghamton University prior to arriving at Penn State Harrisburg in July 2015.