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

Andrew I. Samuelsen, Ph.D.

Andrew I. Samuelsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology; Department Chair
Science Center 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 leaf marcescence in Beech trees. 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
  • Beech tree marcescence


Recent Student Honors Theses

2019 – The Building of a Conditional Lethal Plasmid for Agrobacterium by Tyler Kiwak
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

BIO 101: Concepts and Connections in Biology

BIO 152: General Biology II (Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics)

BIO 203: Introduction to Genetics

BIO 214: Botany and Plant Taxonomy

BIO 322: Cell Biology

BIO 495: 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)