Andrew I. Samuelsen, Ph.D.

Andrew I. Samuelsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Science Building room 137

B.S., Biology/Secondary Ed., SUNY Geneseo
M.S., Botany, University of New Hampshire
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Oregon State University


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, SEM), DNA isolation, plasmid building, SDS PAGE, Western blotting.

Areas of Research

Non-antibiotic elimination of Agrobacterium, attempting to genetically engineer pumpkins for fungal resistance.

Courses Taught

BIO 101: Concepts and Connections in Biology
BIO 152: Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
BIO 203: Introduction to Genetics
BIO 214: Botany and Plant Taxonomy
BIO 322: Cell Biology
BIO 495: Molecular Biology Seminar



Recent Student Honors Theses:

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

Awards and Grants

  • Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award at Albright College, 2015
  • 2019 – Albright Interim ACRE Grant to work with Francis Mele
  • 2016 – Albright Interim ACRE Grant to work with Elizabeth Rohde
  • 2015 – Albright Summer ACRE Grant to work with Tia Camarata
  • 2013 – Albright Summer ACRE Grants to work with Rodger Rothenberger and Catherine Juritsch