Department of Biology

Dr. Sue KatzDr. Sue Katz

Loshbaugh Hall, Room 105



  • Certification Secondary Education, Biology
    University of Tennessee, 1993
  • Postdoctoral Investigator, Health & Safety Research Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1989
    • Projects: CPSC Humidifier Safety Study
    • Coordinator, DNA Damage by Chemicals in the Workplace Study [EPA], Survey of Biological Control Agents, Primary medaka oval cell culture, TCE degradation by methanotrophic amoebic-bacterial consortia.
  • Postdoctoral Investigator, NIH Carcinogenesis Training Grant
    School of Biomedical Sciences, Biology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee, 1986
    • Project: Chemical- and radiation-induced gpt/HGPRT mutagenesis in CHO lines K1-BH4 and AS52 under aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
  • Ph.D., Microbiology
    University of Kansas, 1984
    Effect of plasmid Rts1 on Escherichia coli mutation frequencies.
  • M.S.,  Biology, Microbial and Cellular Biology
    Emporia State University, Emporia KS, 1978
    Production of pigment precursors in white, clinical strains of Serratia marcescens.
  • B.S., Biology
    Baker University, Baldwin, KS, 1974

Professional Experience

  • 2012-Present, Professor, Department of Biology
  • 2007-2012, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • 2004-2007, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
    Rogers State University, Claremore, OK
    • Microbiology, Immunology, Biology of Microorganisms, Molecular Biology (all courses with associated laboratories), General Cellular Biology, College Experience

  • 2004, Adjunct Professor
    Glendale Community College, Glendale AZ
    • Courses taught: Microbiology with laboratory

  • 1997-200, Assistant Professor of Microbiology
    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale AZ
    • Medical Microbiology Courses: MICR 1611 (611) and 1622 (622), DO microbiology, MICR 470 (310) PA Microbiology, MICR 3013, Pharmacy Majors microbiology with lab
    • Director and Team Taught Medical Immunology Courses: MICR 1531 (531), First Year DO immunology, MICR 460 (300) PA immunology, MICR 3012 (1998-9) Pharmacy Majors immunology
    • Biomedical Sciences B.S. Course: BBSC 320, Introductory Microbiology

  • 1993-1997, Assistant Professor of Biology
    Doane College, Crete NE
    • Microbiology, Bacteriology, Immunology, Microbial Ecology, Introductory Biology, Interterm - Exotic Animals, Honors and Directed Study Projects

  • 1992-1993, DOE/Lyndhurst Fellow - Life Science (7th Grade) and Biology (9th Grade)
    Secondary School Science Teaching Internship, University of Tennessee College of Education, Knoxville TN

  • 1989-199, Senior Research Associate, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Other Graduate & Undergraduate Laboratory Teaching Experiences

  • Microbiology, General Microbiology, Immunology, Microbial Genetics, Entomology, Comparative Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Histology

Scholarly Activities

  • 2003 and 2005, Sponsoring Professor for M.S. student Cynthia Razo, project: Quorum Sensing in the Serratiae
  • 2003, ‘Control’ in the Age of Prions: How has the paradigm been altered?  Focus on Microbiology Education 9(3): 4
  • 2002-current, Collaboration with Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK;  Plant pathogen S. marcescens strains
  • 2002, AREA NIH grant submitted: Quorum Sensing in Serratia marcescens
  • 2002, Co-PI with Dr. Perry Baker, Arizona K-12 Center Pre-approved Provider of Professional Development workshop:  Inquiry Teaching Using the Learning Cycle
  • 2002, Review of "The Microbiology Video Library CD” in ASM News [68(11):577]
  • 2001, Updated and enhanced Patient Oriented Problem Solving (POPS) immunodeficiency case for MICR 1531, Immunology
  • 2000-current, Collaboration with Dr. Kathryn Leyva, Midwestern University, on Serratia marcescens antibiotic sensitivities
  • 1999, License application for Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency Obtained approval for MWU-Glendale’s Limited Academic Laboratory Radioactive Materials License. Developed the Radiation Safety Program and wrote Radiation Safety Manual.
  • 1998-current, Developed laboratory exercises for MICR 1611/1622 laboratories
  • 1997-2002, Collaboration with Drs. Rod Sobieski and Scott Crupper, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas,  on Serratia marcescens genotyping.
  • 1997-1999, Volunteer/Observer in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1994-current, Collaboration with Dr. Ken Nickerson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln,  on Serratia marcescens pathogenicity factors

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Missouri Valley Regional ASM
  • Oklahoma Academy of Sciences

Honors & Awards

  • NIH Postgraduate Fellow (1984-1987)
  • ORAU Fellow (1987-1989)
  • DOE-Lyndhurst Fellow (1992-1993)
  • BIOSCIEDNET (BEN) Scholar (2006-2008)
  • Faculty Service Award, 2006-7, School of Mathematics, Science and Health Sciences
  • Pixley Faculty Excellence Award, 2006-7, Rogers State University

Extramural Grant Supoort

  • Gelman (now Pall/Gelman) Membranes and Filtering Supplies Grant 1994

Consulting & Service Activities

  • Grant Review Panel - Texas Advanced Research Program Biology Section, 2006
  • RSU Assessment Committee, 2004-2007; Chair 2005-2007
  • Arizona Heart Institute [on contamination of tissue culture] (2002)
  • Consultant to Science Application Incorporated (SAIC) through Analysas and
    GPA Technical Consultants
  • Carcinogenicity literature reviews for National Toxicology Program  (Cellular and Genetic Toxicology) at Research Triangle Park
  • Consultant to Cogito Learning Media: Microbiology For Majors CD-ROM and
  • RSO at Midwestern University, Glendale Campus and at Doane College
  • Chair of Glendale Safety Committee (1997-1999)
  • Chair of the MWU-Glendale Radiation Safety Committee (1997-2004)
  • Preclinical Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, MWU-Glendale
  • First Year Student/Faculty Liaison Committee, MWU-Glendale

Professional & Public Service

  • Gordon Conference on Undergraduate Microbiology Education (1999)
  • ASM Undergraduate Microbiology Education Conferences (1994-2001) Result:  Identification of core teachings for Microbiology lecture and lab
  • ASM Education Division W Chair Selection Committee (2000-2001)
  • Group Leader, Undergraduate Education Conference, L.A., CA, May 19-21, 2000
  • ASM Microbiology telecourse reviewer while in development stages
  • Founder and original moderator of the ASM Education Division W UGCONF Listserv
  • Focus on Microbiology Education, ASM Division W, Education, Newsletter Founding Member and editor (1994-1997); Continuing contributor
  • PowerPoint Workshop presented by Lewis Tomalty, ASM Undergraduate Education Workshop, Orlando Florida, May 2001
  • Pulsed-Field Electrophoresis Workshop; Pre-Annual Meeting Workshop, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2002

Education & Outreach

  • 2004-current, Senior Research Project mentor for RSU seniors (5, 2004-5;  4, 2005-6; 5, 2006-7)
  • 1998-2001, Research mentor for ASU undergraduate honors students
  • 1997-2002, Philosophy of science and research presentations to ASU Bridges Program and Modes of Scientific Thought Courses
  • 1995, Research presentation by undergraduate student, Nebraska Academy of Sciences (1995)
  • 1995, Judge for the Capitol District Regional Science Fair at Doane
  • 1995, Assisted the national winners of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision project
  • 1994-1997, Planning Committee for the Nebraska Math/Science Initiative's Expand Your Horizons (EYH) Conference (for girls, grades 7-9); Including: workshop presenter, panel moderator and panel member
  • 1989-1993, Scientist Partner in the Science By Mail Program

Seminars & Presentations

  • "Breast Feeding:  As Good as Mother’s Milk?.”  Community Health Lecture Series, February 18, 2003.
  • "Analysis of the Characteristics of Strains of Serratia marcescens.”  Midwestern University Basic Sciences Lecture Series,   April 26, 2002.
  • Laboratory Safety, Undergraduate Microbiology Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 15-17, 1998.


  • D.E. Sheneman and D.S. Katz. 2003. An inexpensive sample mold for pulsed-field electrophoresis. J. Microbiol. Meth. 53:127-129.
  • T. G. Patton, S. Katz, R. J. Sobieski, and S. C. Crupper. 2001. Genotyping of clinical Serratia marcescens isolates: A comparison of PCR based methods.   FEMS Microbiology Letters 194 (2001): 19-23.
  • R.L. Tyndall, K.S. Ironside, C.D. Little, D.S. Katz and J.R. Kennedy. 1991. Free-living amoebae used to isolate consortia capable of degrading trichloroethylene. Scientific Note. App. Biochem. Biotech. 28/29:917-925.
  • A.W. Hsie, L. Recio, D.S. Katz, C.Q. Lee, M. Wagner and R.L. Schenley. 1986. Evidence for reactive oxygen species inducing mutations in mammalian cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA  83:9616-9620.
  • D.S. Katz and R.J. Sobieski. 1979. Detection of pigment precursors in white clinical strains of Serratia marcescens. J. Clin. Microbiol. 9:301-303.


  • M. Uziel, N.B. Munro, D.S. Katz, T. Vo-Dinh and E. Zeighami. DNA adduct formation by twelve chemicals with populations potentially suitable for molecular epidemiological studies. ORNL TM-10849. February, 1989.
  • R.L. Tyndall, C.S. Dudney, D.S. Katz, K.S. Ironside, R.A. Jernigan and E.S. Lehman. Characterization of microbial content and dispersion from home humidifiers. Phase 1 and Phase 2 Final Report. CPSC Report, 1989.

Published Abstracts:

  • D.S. Katz  2006. Mining Winogradsky Columns in the Introductory Microbiology Laboratory. 13th Undergraduate Microbiology Education Conference, May 19-21, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
  • C. Razo and D.S. Katz. 2005. Quorum Sensing in the Serratiae. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, June 5-9, 2005, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • D.S. Katz and K.J. Leyva. 2001. Expanding on Tradition:  Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks. American Society for Microbiology, 8th Undergraduate Microbiology Education Conference, May 18-20, 2001, Orlando, Florida.
  • D.S. Katz, D.L. Egger, A.J. Floyd, S.L. McHale, E.B. Stephens, II and C.R. Wikel. 1996. Collaboration between Microbial Ecology and Ecology Course Laboratories. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting,  May 12-16, 1996, New Orleans, LA.
  • A. Hultine, D.S. Katz, E. Jensen and K.W. Nickerson. 1995. Serratia marcescens: Serrawettin Production and Pathogenicity for Tobacco Hornworms. Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting,  April 28-29, 1995.     Presented by Aimee Hultine (Doane Freshman). This material was also presented at the 1995 Nebraska Microbiologist's Meeting (Boy's Town).
  • D.S. Katz, A.W. Hsie, M.C. Jernigan and R.L. Schenley. 1988. The effect of anaerobic conditions on CHO cell killing and 6-TG mutagenesis by neutrons. Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting,  April 16-21, 1988. Philadelphia, PA.
  • A.W. Hsie, D.S. Katz and R.L. Schenley. 1987. Evidence for reactive oxygen species inducing mutations in mammalian cells. Second International Conference on Anticarcinogenesis and Radiation Protection,  March 8-12, 1987,  Gaithersburg, MD.
  • A.W. Hsie, L. Recio, D.S. Katz, C.Q. Lee, M. Wagner and R.L. Schenley. 1986. Reactive oxygen species induce mutations in mammalian cells. Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting,  April 13-19, 1986,  Las Vegas, NV.
  • A.W. Hsie, L. Recio, D.S. Katz, C.Q. Lee, M. Wagner and R.L. Schenley. 1986. Gene mutations induced by reactive oxygen species in CHO cells. Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Meeting,  April 9-13, 1986,  Baltimore, MD. Environmental Mutagenesis 8:36.
  • D.S. Katz and A.W. Hsie. 1985. Gene rescue from pSV2gpt transformed CHO cells. Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Meeting,  February 25-March 1,  Las Vegas NV. Environmental Mutagenesis 7:90.
  • D.S. Katz and D.M. Shankel. 1984. Effect of plasmid Rts1 on Trp reversions in UV and EMS treated Escherichia coli K12 strains. Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Meeting, February 19-23, 1984,  Montreal, Canada. Environmental Mutagenesis 6:388.
  • D.S. Katz and D.M. Shankel. 1983. Effects of plasmid Rts1 on Escherichia coli K12 host mutational frequencies. Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Meeting, March 3-6, 1983, San Antonio, TX. Environmental Mutagenesis 5:457.