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Chatham University

Environmental Science Faculty and Staff

Sherie Edenborn MT (ASCP), Ph.D.

Sherie Edenborn

Associate Professor of Biology
Hometown : Sheffield, PA
Joined Chatham : 2008

Academic Areas of Interest

Microbiome and Human Health; Organic and Sustainable Agriculture; Environmental Remediation.

Personal Areas of Interest

Yoga, Hiking, Biking, Gardening, Traveling, Theater, Enjoying Local and Sustainable Food and Wine and my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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I was born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania in the small town of Sheffield. I have a diverse background in both allied health science and ecology. Over the past two decades, I have taught microbiology to future nurses, physician assistants and medical doctors at a variety of colleges and Universities. I also have worked as an environmental microbiologist for the U.S. Department of the Interior and a medical technologist at various hospitals. My research interests are interdisciplinary and deal with questions that require an understanding of both human biology and ecology. My current research projects involve evaluating the potential benefits of probiotic bacteria for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Anorexia Nervosa, and the relationships between the oral microbiome, exercise and mental health. I also just finished writing a book for NASW press about reproductive decision making with colleague and friend Dr. Melissa Bell (Social Work Professor). Finally, much of my research, which is primarily done with undergraduate students, tend to focus on questions that are important to practitioners but are often ignored by mainstream science. I have been surprised, and happy, about how they have been received. One of the articles I wrote with research done with undergraduate students was highlighted in "Science News" (URL: https://science.news/2018-10-23-grow-healthier-plants-with-organic-fertilizer-compost-tea.html), and I also have been invited to talk about fermentation by the American Chemical Societies' C&EN New (URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Liqlx42fKQ0). I continue to explore smaller questions that are important but often ignored.


  • Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2007
  • M.S., Biology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • B.S. Biology (summa cum laude) & Medical Technology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1987 & 1997



  • Medical Technology - American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)


  • Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture (2007)
  • Provost Fellowship, Kent State University (1992)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists Outstanding Student Award (1987)
  • Penn State University Student Travel Award to Symposium in Plant Physiology (1987)
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (1986)
  • Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society (1984)


  • Grant: West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WVEPSCoR) Instrumentation Grant, “Real-time Graphing and Analysis Modules to Promote Inquiry-based Learning in Physiology and Environmental Science Classes,” $19,721, December, 2007.