Brian M. Forster, Ph.D.

Lab Coordinator, General Education Program (GEP) Natural Sciences
Office: 112 Connelly Hall
Lab: 130, 220, 230 Connelly
Phone: 610-660-3188
Fax: 610-660-1832
Email: bforster@sju.edu


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.
 
Dr. Forster is also involved in several outreach programs in the Department of Biology.  He co-directs the High School LINKS program (with Dr. Edwin Li) where undergraduate students introduce to high school students the genetic basis for certain diseases (sickle cell anemia being the major focus of the program).  This program culminates in a field trip to Saint Joseph's GEP Natural Sciences Instructional Labs where students learn modern genetics techniques.  Dr. Forster also participates in the GeoKids LINKS program with the Wagner Free Institute of Science offering field trip lessons to elementary school students to learn more about photosynthesis and microorganisms. 
 
Learn more about the GEP Natural Sciences Instructional Labs for Non-Science Majors by clicking the links below:
 

Education

  • B.S. Biological Sciences (Cell/Molecular), 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.
  • Laboratory Coordinator, GEP Natural Sciences (2011-Present), Saint 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

Publications

Grants and Awards

  • Ramirez, J., C. Arango Pinedo and B.M. Forster. 2016.  Exemplary Contribution to the Curriculum Section of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.  Spotlighted at the American Society of Microbiology’s Conference on Undergraduate Education (ASMCUE).
  • 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.