Brian Forster, Ph.D.

Lab Coordinator, General Education Program (GEP) Natural Sciences
Office: 112 Connelly Hall
Phone: 610-660-3188
Fax: 610-660-1832
Website: GEP Labs GEP Labs Twitter

Dr. Forster is the laboratory coordinator for the General Education Program Natural Sciences laboratory-based classes for students who are not majoring in science. With his classes, he has several ongoing pedagogical projects focused on (a) examining how science can be taught effectively to non-science majors and (b) topics in microbiology education.


  • 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


Grants and Awards

King Smith, C., B.M. Forster, C. Fritz. 2014. Bringing Cell Biology to High School Students. The American Society for Cell Biology. 

Forster, B.M. 2014. Development of a collaborative-based laboratory exercise investigating bacterial load in water samples. Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant.

Li, E., B.M. Forster, C. Fritz, M. Jurkiewicz. 2013. Genes, Mutations, and Diseases: understanding the origins of genetic disorders through experimental learning. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Forster, B.M. 2013. Integration of laboratory video tutorials and webcams for students completing their GEP Natural Sciences requirement through a laboratory-based class. Saint Joseph’s University Technology Innovation Grant.