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Ruth Phillips

Ruth Phillips

Ruth Phillips

Assistant Teaching Professor and Biotechnology Program Advisor


458 Life Sciences Complex
Office: 315.443.3956




  • Teaching Assistant Professor, Syracuse University Biology Department, 2017-present.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, North Carolina Central University, Durham NC
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Ph.D., Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University, Durham NC
  • B.S., Neuropsychology and Anthropological Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Courses Taught

  • BIO 300: Drug Design and Development
  • BIO 300: Topics in Biotechnology
  • BIO 435: Genetics Laboratory
  • BIO 473/673: Pharmaceuticals and Cells
  • BIO 467/667: Advances in Biotechnology Research
  • BIO 468/668: Microbiomes in Biotechnology and Medicine
Research and Teaching Interests

My professional objectives have centered on broadening participation of students from historically underrepresented and underserved populations in biology and biotechnology. I infuse this philosophy into my work by:

  • Facilitating undergraduate attendance at national research conferences SACNAS and ABRCMS (Broadening Participation in STEM Conference Grant )
  • Measuring the effectiveness of evidence-backed teaching practices designed to maximize classroom diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.
  • Implementing course-based research in the undergraduate biology curriculum.
  • Implementing service-learning based science outreach programs to broaden participation in science throughout the local community.
  • Developing strategies and techniques that build resiliency for students.
Recent Publications
  • Ruth S. Phillips and Gail P. Hollowell. “Using Peer Mentors and Authentic Research Experiences in a Molecular Biology Course to Develop Student Skills for Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry Majors.” (manuscript in preparation).
  • Porché L. Spence, Ruth S. Phillips, Akeem R. McAllister, Sandra L. White, Gail P. Hollowell. J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2020 vol. 21 no. 3 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v21i3.2225
  • McDonald, DA, SE Council, SC Schroeder, RS Phillips, GP Hollowell and SCS Key. Identifying Promoter Activators and Repressors Using lacZ Transgene Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) Major Workshop Presentation – June 2015