Biology Faculty and Staff
Pierette Appasamy, PhD
Joined Chatham : 2007
Academic Areas of Interest
I have several areas of research interest. The first is understanding the molecular control of development and function of T lymphocytes. Currently this research is focused on examining the function and evolution of the IL7 signaling system, using Xenopus frogs as a model system. A second major area of research interest is understanding the interplay between anxiety and stress, general well-being, and an altered microbiome, and participation on athletic teams in the college population. Our studies point to a "protective" effect of participation on athletic teams, particularly among women college students. Finally, I have explored and continue to explore unique pedagogical approaches to teaching science courses, including use of technology tools, role-playing, and "big picture learning".
Personal Areas of Interest
Spending time with my family, playing tennis, running, and reading
B.S. Biology, cum laude, Xavier University, Cincinnati, 1982 Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, 1988 Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1987-1990 Instructor, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1990-1992 Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1992-2001 Special Projects Director, Office of Research, Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 1998-2001
- B.S., Biology, cum laude, Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), 1982
- Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA), 1988
- Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1987-1990
- Foulkrod, A.M. and Appasamy, P.M. 2019. Expression of TCR genes in adult and larval Xenopus laevis. XB-ART-55672 Dev Comp Immunol January 1, 2019; 96 78-82.
- Appasamy, Pierette. 2018. Fostering Student Engagement with Digital Microscopic Images Using ThingLink, an Image Annotation Program. Journal of College Science Teaching, v47 n5 p16-21
- Ashley L. Lamb, Debra E. Hess, Sherie Edenborn, Elizabeth Ubinger, Andres E. Carrilloc, Pierette M. Appasamy. 2017. Elevated salivary IgA, decreased anxiety, and an altered oral microbiota are associated with active participation on an undergraduate athletic team. Physiology and Behavior. 169:169-177.
- Appasamy, P.M. 1999. Biological and Clinical Implications of Interleukin-7 and Lymphopiesis. Cytokines, Cellular and Molecular Therapy 5(1)25-39. (Invited chapter)
- Appasamy, P.M. 1997. “Interleukin-7 and Lymphopoiesis”, in Cytokines in Health and Disease, second edition, D.G. Remick and J.S. Friedland, ed. (invited chapter), Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York. ch. 7 pp. 101-119.
- Appasamy, P.M. 1995. “Interleukin-7 and Lymphopoiesis: Biologic and Clinical Implication”, in Cancer Treatment and Research, Kurzrock, R. and Talpaz, M., ed. (invited chapter) ch. 9 pp 235-260.
- Appasamy, P.M. 1993. Interleukin-7: Biology and Potential Clinical Applications. Cancer Investigation. 11(4)493-505 (invited article)
- Kitson, R.P., Appasamy, P.M., Nannmark, U., Albertsson, P., Gabauer, M.K., and Goldfarb, R.H. 1998. Matrix Metalloproteinases Produced by Rat IL-2-Activated NK Cells. J. Immunol. 160:4248-4253.
- Appasamy, P.M., Kenniston, T.W., and Amoscato, A.A. 1997. Requirement for Surface Aminopeptidase Activities during Development of CD8+ Fetal Thymocytes. Cell. Immunol. 177:1-8
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- International Society of Developmental and Comparative Immunology
- American Association of Immunologists