Brian Forster, Ph.D.

Lab Coordinator, General Education Program (GEP) Natural Sciences
Disciplines Taught: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
Office: 112A Connelly Hall
Phone: 610-660-3188
Fax: 610-660-1832

Dr. Forster received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University in 2011 while working with Dr. Hélène Marquis.  His work focused on the regulation of the metalloprotease of Listeria monocytogenes (Mpl) during intracellular infection.  Dr. Forster’s research publications can be found here.  Dr. Forster also worked with Sue Merkel and Barbara Eaglesham from Cornell’s Department of Microbiology in curriculum development.  He developed an online case study on biofilms for “Case Studies in Microscopy” and participated in a Gram-stain instructional video for “Microscopy Resources.”  He has also previously taught at Tottenville High School’s After-School and Saturday academy on Staten Island.  Dr. Forster accepted a position at Saint Joseph’s University in 2011, coordinating and teaching the GEP Natural Science lab courses in Connelly Hall.  


  • B.S. Biological Sciences, State University of New York at Binghamton (2006)
  • Ph.D. Microbiology, Cornell University (2011)

Professional Experience


Consultant/Math instructor (2004-2008), Tottenville High School After-School/Saturday Academy, Staten Island, NY

Lab Coordinator GEP Natural Science (2011-Present), St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA

Courses Taught

  • BIO 101L: Cells Laboratory
  • BIO 160: Heredity & Evolution Lecture
  • BIO 165L: Exploring the Living World Laboratory
  • BIO 270/L: Microbiology (Nursing/Allied Health) Lecture & Lab
  • ENV 106L: Exploring the Earth Laboratory
  • PHY 113L: Exploring the Physical World Laboratory

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