Lou Ann Bierwert

Instructor in the Summer Science & Engineering Program

Lou Anne Bierwert

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M.S., B.A., Smith College


Lou Ann Bierwert received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Smith and was a research associate for over 2 decades at Smith in molecular based projects in parasitology, and biomechanical engineering. She then served as Technical Director of the Center for Molecular Biology for the past 11 years. She very much enjoys passing on her expertise in molecular techniques during SSEP, where she has taught Your Genes, Your Chromosomes for 14 years.

Selected Publications

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.


Creating ‘Aha’ Moments: Smithies Teach 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.

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