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Co-Director, SIS; Professor, ISAT
Contact Info


  • B.S. in Bacteriology | University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences; Microbiology | Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Professor, ISAT (2024-present)
  • Co-Director, School of Integrated Sciences (2022-present)
  • Associate Director, School of Integrated Sciences (2021-2022)
  • Visiting Scholar, Merck Manufacturing Division, Elkton, VA (2020-2021)
  • Program Director, Biotechnology (2017-2021)
  • Associate Professor, ISAT (2015-present)
  • Co-Facilitator for the jmUDESIGN course design institute (2015-2017)
  • CFI Faculty Associate in the Teaching Area (2014-2017)
  • CISE Honors Faculty Fellow (2011-2017)
  • Biotechnology Program Affiliated Faculty Member (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor, ISAT (2010-present)
  • Visiting Professor, Citizen Science, Bard College (January 2011 and 2012)
  • Teaching and Research Post-Doctoral Fellow, ISAT (2008-2010)
Courses Taught
  • ISAT 113: Issues in Biotechnology
  • ISAT 113L: Issues in Biotechnology Lab
  • ISAT 305: Instrumentation and Measurement in Biotechnology
  • ISAT 351: Biotech in the New Millennium II
  • ISAT 452: Medical Biotechnology
  • ISAT 480/ENGR 498: Synthetic Biological Machines
  • BIOT 494: Internships in Biotechnology
Research Interests
  • Microbial genetics
  • Host-microbe interactions
  • Synthetic biology
  • Microbial bioremediation of plastic waste
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Team Learning
Student Project Advising

S. Wasilisin | Biotech Class of 2024 | Independent Research: Fall 2022 | Plastic Bioremediation project

A. Peacock and R. Romero | ISAT Class of 2023 | Capstone Project: “The Future of Plastic Waste: A Multidisciplinary Approach”

G. Taylor | Biotech Class of 2023 (Dec.) | Independent Research: Spring 2022 to Present | Plastic Bioremediation project

C. Forberg | ISAT Class of 2023 | Honors Thesis: “The Future of Plastic Waste: A Multidisciplinary Approach” (Co-imagining Futures)

Z. Yelich | ISAT Class of 2023 | Honors Thesis: “The Future of Plastic Waste: A Multidisciplinary Approach” (Greening the Lab)

M. Lee | ISAT Class of 2022 | Capstone Project: “Quantifying and Raising Awareness of the Plastic Waste Problem from a Global to Local Scale”

M. Cunningham | Biotech Class of 2022 | Honors Thesis: “Ethics in the Biotechnology Lab: An Integrated Pedagogy” | Co-advised with Dr. Shannon Conley

A. Arrigo | ISAT Class of 2021 (Dec.) | Capstone Project: “Social and Biotechnological Methods to Decrease the Accumulation of Single Use Plastics”

M. Blatt and J. Verry | Engineering Class of 2022 | Capstone Project: “Synthetic Biological Machines: Nanobodies” (Market Value) | Co-advised with Dr. Kyle Gipson

C. Brady and A. Veihdeffer | Engineering Class of 2022 | Capstone Project: “Synthetic Biological Machines: Nanobodies” (Biomanufacturing) | Co-advised with Dr. Kyle Gipson

L. Chupp and T. Piccorossi | Engineering Class of 2022 | Capstone Project: “Synthetic Biological Machines: Nanobodies” (Automation) | Co-advised with Dr. Kyle Gipson

C. Gathright, L. Green and L. Soleo | | Biotech Class of 2022 | Independent Research: Fall 2019-Spring 2022 | B. japonicum and Microbial Biomanufaturing of Nanobodies projects

S. Strickler | ISAT Class of 2020 | Capstone Project: “Applying Raman Spectroscopy to Vaccine Production in a Merck & Co. Biomanufacturing Facility” | Sponsored by Merck & Co.

K. King and M. Whitehurst | ISAT Class of 2020 | Capstone Project: Implementing a Synthetic Biology Approach to the JMU ISAT Curriculum

J. Eastman | ISAT Class of 2018 | Capstone Project: “Maximizing the use of Citizen Science to Include Stakeholders in Bradyrhizobium japonicum Research”

B. Artman | ISAT Class of 2018 | Confirmation and Genotyping of Native Bradyrhizobium japonicum Strains

H. Daniel | Harrisonburg High School Class of 2017 | Career Exploration Independent Research: Fall 2016-Spring 2017

A. Herd | Biotech Class of 2019 | Honors Thesis: “Structure/Function Analysis of FegA and FhuA in Bradyrhizobium sp.”

K. McLeod | Biotech Class of 2016 | Independent Research: Fall 2014-Spring 2016 | Bradyrhizobium japonicum projects

A. (Casto) Armstrong | Biotech Class of 2015 (Dec.) | Honors Thesis: “Characterization of a fegA-like gene in Bradyrhizobum japonium USDA110”

G. Liu | ISAT Class of 2016 | Capstone Project: “The Effects of Microbially Induced Corrosion by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans on NiCroMo Based Thermal Spray Coatings” | Sponsored by Integrated Global Services, Inc.

Z. Yorio | ISAT Class of 2017 | Capstone Project: “Development of a Comprehensive Strategic Guide For Young Adults with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”

A. Payne | ISAT Class of 2016 | Capstone Project: “Development of a Web App to Enhance a Citizen Science Approach Biotechnology”=

Heyn, N., Hoy, B., Wong, S. | ISAT Class of 2015 | Capstone Project: “Isolation and genotyping of endogenous Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains from Shenandoah Valley soils”

Hope, B. | ISAT Class of 2013 | Capstone Project: "Isolation and genotyping of endogenous Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains from Shenandoah Valley soils."

Ashworth, J., Cooke, E., Way, G. | ISAT Class of 2011 | "Construction of a live-attenuated B. avium vaccine with implications for agriculture and human health."

Select Publications and Presentations

(Presents marked with *)

Stockwell, S* (2023). "The Plastic Waste Crisis: Inspiring Action and Developing Solutions Through Undergraduate Research." Invited Seminar. Amherst College, Biology Department.

Forberg, C.*, Taylor, G.*, Yelich, Z.*, Romero, R.*, Peacock, A.*, and Stockwell, S (2023). The Future of Plastic Waste: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach. Presented at the 2023 National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Eau Claire, WI

M. Cunningham*, S. Conley, and S. Stockwell (2022). Ethics in the Biotechnology Lab: an Integrated Pedagogy. Presented at the 6th International Undergraduate Research Conference on Science and Technology. Virtual.

Stockwell, SB. Modern Biotechnology: Defining and Solving Human Problems (2017). Momentum Press.

Sauder, BA, Quinn MR, Brouilette A, Caruso S, Cresawn S, Ivan E, Lewis L, Loesser-Casey K, Pate MT, Scott CM, Stockwell SB, Temple L (2016). Genomic Characterization and Comparison of Seven Myoviridae Bacteriophages Infecting Bacillus thuringiensis. Virology. 2016 Feb; 489: 243-51.

Stockwell, S. B.* (2014). Big Problems: A solution to teaching microbiology in the age of “omics” and systems biology. Microbrew session at the American Society for Microbiology Conference on Undergraduate Education. Danvers, MA

Stockwell, S.* (2015). “Educate, Engage, Inspire: Authentic Partnerships between K-12 and Higher Education”. K-12 STEM Educators’ Workshop. Keynote presentation. Harrisonburg, VA

Stockwell SB (2016). A Progressive Reading, Writing, and Artistic Module to Support Scientific Literacy. Journal of Biology and Microbiology Education. Mar 1;17(1):93-7. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.990. PMID: 27047600; PMCID: PMC4798826.

Stockwell SB, Reutimann L, Guerinot ML (2012). A role for Bradyrhizobium japonicum ECF16 sigma factor, EcfS, in the formation of a functional symbiosis with soybean. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2012 Jan;25(1):119-28. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-07-11-0188. PMID: 21879796.

Beach NM, Thompson S, Mutnick R, Brown L, Kettig G, Puffenbarger R, Stockwell SB, Miyamoto D, Temple L (2012). Bordetella avium antibiotic resistance, novel enrichment culture, and antigenic characterization. Veterinary Microbiology. 2012 Nov 9;160(1-2):189-96. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2012.05.026. Epub 2012 Jun 2. PMID: 22721730; PMCID: PMC3469198.

Stockwell, S. B., Kuzmiak-Ngiam, H., Beach, N.M., Temple-Rosebrook, L. (2011). The autotransporter protein from Bordetella avium, Baa1, is involved in host cell attachment. Microbiol Res. 2011 Dec 20;167(1):55-60. doi: 10.1016/j.micres.2011.04.003. Epub 2011 May 31. PMID: 21632225; PMCID: PMC3182290.

Miyamoto, D., Masters, I. R.,Stockwell, S. B., Temple-Rosebrook, L. (2011).Bordetella avium Causes Induction of Apoptosis and Nitric Oxide Synthase in Turkey Tracheal Explant Cultures. Microbes Infect. 2011 Sep;13(10):871-9. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2011.04.011. Epub 2011 May 12. PMID: 21609777; PMCID: PMC3148417.

Awards and Recognitions
  • 2020 CISE Distinguished Teacher Award
  • 2019-2021 JMU Mengebier Professorship for excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring
  • 2014 Early Career Faculty Travel Award | American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASM-CUE)
  • 2014 JMU Provost Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching and Advising
  • 2013 JMU Goodman Award for the Integration of Teaching and Scholarship

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