Quinnipiac University
Shawna Carlyn Oswald Reed

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Shawna Reed is an Assistant Professor and currently teaches BMS 370 (General Microbiology).

She loves to use active learning and conceptual frameworks to teach students about the fascinating world of microbes. As a scientist, she is passionate about uncovering the molecular interactions between host cells and intracellular bacteria. She has studied primate parasites (undergraduate), papillomavirus genome tethering (post-baccalaureate at NIH), Rickettsia and Listeria actin-based intracellular motility (PhD research at UC Berkeley) and Coxiella genetics and host interactions (Post-doc at Yale).

In her laboratory, she looks forward to creating research projects for undergraduates curious about intracellular pathogens, bacterial genetics, interactions with host immune sensing pathways, and how individual bacterial effector proteins might contribute to virulence by hijacking host cell functions. Specifically, she hopes to explore the function of secreted bacterial effectors, the sensing of Coxiella infection by Drosophila (fruit fly) immune pathways, and bio-engineer Coxiella for future research.

Her goal is to mentor students as independent scientists who present their work at regional or national conferences as well as become authors on published research papers.


Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science

Hamden, CT

2019 - Present

Yale University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral fellow

New Haven, CT, USA

2013 - 2019

University of California, Berkeley

Graduate Student Instructor

Berkeley, CA

2007 - 2010

Selected Publications

Lysosomal degradation products induce Coxiella burnetii virulence

Newton P, Thomas DR, Reed SCO, Lau N, Xu B, Ong SY, Pasricha S, Madhamshettiwar PB, Edgington-Mitchell LE, Simpson KJ, Roy CR, Newton HJ

117(12) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 6801-6810 March (2020)