Biology Faculty | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

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Biology Faculty and Staff

Pierette Appasamy, PhD

Pierette Appasamy
Assistant Professor
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



  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • International Society of Developmental and Comparative Immunology
  • American Association of Immunologists