Andrew I. Samuelsen, Ph.D. | Albright College

Andrew I. Samuelsen, Ph.D.

Andrew I. Samuelsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Science Building room 137

Ph.D. – Oregon State University (Molecular and Cellular Biology)

M.S. – University of New Hampshire (Botany)

B.S. – SUNY Geneseo (Biology/Secondary Ed.)


Andrew Samuelsen teaches a variety of courses ranging from non-majors biology to introductory majors, advanced majors courses to independent study research projects.  He typically has one or two independent study research students per semester. His research currently focuses on non-antibiotic elimination of Agrobacterium tumefaciens after gene transfer to plants. He hopes to publish this research in the near future. Among other things, Andrew enjoys playing racquetball with colleagues on campus, bike riding, gardening with native plants, and woodworking.

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant tissue culture
  • Animal cell culture
  • Microscopy (light, fluorescence, and SEM)
  • DNA isolation and plasmid construction
  • Western blotting

Areas of Research

Current Projects

  • Non-antibiotic elimination of Agrobacterium
  • Attempting to genetically engineer pumpkins to be resistant against fungal infections


Recent Student Honors Theses

2017 – Designing a Binary Plasmid that Allows Inducible Non-Antibiotic Elimination of the Host by Tia Camarata
2017 – The Effects of NSAIDS in vitro by Elizabeth Rohde
2014 – Effects of Cytochalasin D on CHO Cell Morphology and Virus Factory Formation in L929 Cells by Cassie Gregoli
2014 – Pumpkin Treatment, Tissue Culture and Plasmid Building by Rodger Rothenberger
2013 – Disruption of Actin Networks in Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells as caused by Cytochalasin D by Jenna Deibert

Courses Taught

BIO101: Concepts and Connections in Biology

BIO152: General Biology II (Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics)

BIO203: Introduction to Genetics

BIO214: Botany and Plant Taxonomy

BIO322: Cell Biology

BIO495: Molecular Biology Seminar

Awards and Grants


  • Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award at Albright College (2015)


  • Albright Interim ACRE Grant to work with Francis Mele (2018)
  • Albright Interim ACRE Grant to work with Elizabeth Rohde (2016)
  • Albright Summer ACRE Grant to work with Tia Camarata (2015)
  • Albright Summer ACRE Grants to work with Rodger Rothenberger and Catherine Juritsch (2013)