New BioFaculty: Fall 2012 Print
Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:07
new faculty

We welcome Dr. John Pisciotta as a new assistant professor in the Department of Biology. He received his Bachelor's degree in biology from Eckerd College in 1998 and his Master of Science in microbiology from the University of South Florida in 2001. His MS thesis investigated the microbial ecology of marine bacterial pathogens including Vibrio cholerae. In 2007 he received his PhD in molecular microbiology and immunology from the Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation examines lipid synthesis and heme metabolism in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

Dr. Pisciotta is currently interested in studying the physiology of microorganisms to develop strategies for capturing clean energy while removing environmental pollutants. His postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute investigated the cyanobacterial photosynthetic electron transport chain as a living conduit for conversion of sunlight into solar electricity. More recent work at Penn State involved the production of biofuels using transgenic autotrophic bacteria.

Dr. Pisciotta enjoys working with cross-disciplinary teams to solve bioengineering problems and at West Chester University looks forward to developing practical applications for microbes and their products.