- Term Associate Professor
PhD, MCDB, Indiana University, 2004
Dr. Scherer obtained her Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Indiana University in 2004. Her dissertation research focused on the establishment of the dorsal-ventral axis through cell-cell signaling during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis. Following her Ph.D., she taught cell biology for 7 years at a small liberal arts college in Minnesota before moving to Northern Virginia. Dr. Scherer became a faculty member at George Mason University in the fall of 2015 where she teaches genetics, phage discovery, phage genomics and developmental genetics. She is an active participant in the HHMI-sponsored SEA-PHAGES program which supports the implementation of a two-semester, discovery-based research course where students isolate and analyze bacteriophage from soil samples.