Chatham University

Environmental Science Faculty and Staff

Sherie Edenborn MT (ASCP), Ph.D.

Sherie Edenborn
Associate Professor of Biology
Hometown : Sheffield, PA
Joined Chatham : 2008

Academic Areas of Interest

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture; Environmental/Soil Microbiology; Soil Food Webs; Microbiome and Mental Health.

Personal Areas of Interest

Hiking, Running, Biking, Gardening, Theater, Folk/Alternative Music, Enjoying Local and Sustainable Food and Wine and my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


I was born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania in the small town of Sheffield. I have a diverse background in both environmental science/ecology and allied health science. Over the past two decades I have taught at a variety of colleges and Universities. I also have worked as an environmental microbiologist for the U.S. Department of the Interior and a medical technologist at various hospitals. My dissertation work examined the impact of agronomic and anthropogenic disturbances on the diversity and dynamics of microbial communities in soils from organic farms and upland pastures. Currently, I am conducting research focused on the use of biochar and other soil amendments in agriculture and environmental remediation and the influence of the oral and gastrointestinal microbiome on mental health and athletic performance. I also am writing an interdisciplinary book about reproductive decision making with colleague and friend Dr. Melissa Bell.


  • Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2007
  • M.S., Biology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • B.S. Biology (summa cum laude) & Medical Technology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1987 & 1997



  • Medical Technology - American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)


  • Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture (2007)
  • Provost Fellowship, Kent State University (1992)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists Outstanding Student Award (1987)
  • Penn State University Student Travel Award to Symposium in Plant Physiology (1987)
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (1986)
  • Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society (1984)


  • Ecological Society of America


  • Grant: West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WVEPSCoR) Instrumentation Grant, “Real-time Graphing and Analysis Modules to Promote Inquiry-based Learning in Physiology and Environmental Science Classes,” $19,721, December, 2007.