Lou Ann Bierwert
Instruments & Techniques Instructor and Director of the Center for Molecular Biology
Contact & Office Hours
Ford Hall 112
M.S., B.A., Smith College
Lou Ann Bierwert is the instruments and techniques instructor and technical director of the Center for Molecular Biology at Smith College. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Smith and was a research associate for more than two decades at Smith in molecular-based projects in parasitology and biomechanical engineering. Year round, she enjoys passing on her expertise in molecular techniques. During the academic year, she aids both undergraduate researchers as well as students engaged in course-based research. In the summer, she is involved in Smith's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship as well as in the Summer Science and Engineering Program, where she has taught the course Your Genes, Your Chromosomes for more than 10 years.
Pilotte, N., Papaiakovou, M., Grant, J., Bierwert, L. A., Llewellyn, S., McCarthy, J. S., Williams, S. A. (2016). Improved PCR-Based Detection of Soil Transmitted Helminth Infections Using a Next-Generation Sequencing Approach to Assay Design. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 10(3):e0004578. doi:10.1371/journal. pntd.0004578 March 30, 2016.
Kirby, C. S., Kolber, N., Almohaidi, A. M. S., Bierwert, L. A., Saunders, L., Williams, S. A., Merritt, R. B. (2016). Human Xq28 Inversion Polymorphism: From Sex Linkage to Genomics–A Genetic Mother Lode. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. 44(2): 191-201 March/April 2016.
Mikic B., Amadei E., Rossmeier K., Bierwert L. (2010). Sex matters in the establishment of murine tendon composition and material properties during growth. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 28(5): 631-8.
Merritt, R. B., Bierwert, L. A. , Slatko, B., Weiner, M. P., Ingram, J., Sciarra, K., Weiner, E.. May (2008). Tasting Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC): A New Integrative Genetics Lab with an Old Flavor. The American Biology Teacher 70(5).
Mikic B., Entwistle R., Bierwert L. A. (2008) The effect of GDF-7 deficiency on tail tendon phenotype in mice. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 26(6): 834-839.
Williams, S. A., Laney, S. J., Bierwert, L. A., Saunders, L. J., Boakye, D. A., Fischer, P., Goodman, D., Helmy, H., Hoti, S. L., Vasuki, V., Lammie, P. J., Plichart, C., Ramzy, R. M., Otteson, E. A. Development and standardization of a rapid, PCR-based method for the detection of Wuchereria bancrofti in mosquitoes, for xenomonitoring the human prevalence of bancroftian filariasis. Ann Rop Med Parasitol. 2002 Dec; 96 Suppl 2: S41-6.
Williams, S. A., Laney, S. J., Lizotte-Waniewski, M., Bierwert, L. A., and Unasch, T. The River Blindness Project. Trends in Parasitol. 2002; 18(2): 86-90.
Teaching Science to High School Students
For the last decade, Lou Ann Bierwert has taught Smith students how to teach science to high school students through the Interterm High School Science Teaching Internship.