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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Ruth Phillips

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Assistant Teaching Professor and Biotechnology Program Advisor



458 Life Sciences Complex


Research and Teaching Interests

Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Genetics and Cancer Biology:

  • Cancer treatments using signal transduction, cell cycle regulation.
  • Post-translational gene regulation via AU-rich elements.
  • Nucleocytoplasmic shuttling and regulation of RNA binding proteins.

Broadening participation of underrepresented and underserved populations in biology and biotechnology fields through:

  • Course-based research in the undergraduate biology curriculum.
  • Implementing service-learning based science outreach programs in the community.
  • Developing strategies and techniques that build resiliency for students.

Education and Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, North Carolina Central University, Durham NC (2004-2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Research Triangle Park, NC (2003-2004)
  • Ph.D., Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University, Durham NC (2002)
  • B.S., Neuropsychology and Anthropological Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1994)


  • BIO 300: Topics in Biotechnology
  • BIO 326: Genetics
  • BIO 400: Pharmaceuticals and Cells
  • BIO 400: Microbes in Biotechnology and Medicine