Lou Ann Bierwert

Instruments & Techniques Instructor and Director of the Center for Molecular Biology

Lou Anne Bierwert

Contact & Office Hours

Ford Hall 112



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


Lou Ann Bierwert has been the instruments and techniques instructor (ITI) and technical director of the Center for Molecular Biology for 10 years. In this role, she facilitates research year-round for faculty, undergraduate and graduate researchers, and students engaged in course-based research, assisting with experimental design, use of instrumentation, and data analysis.  In the summer she assists students in Smith's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and teaches in the Summer Science and Engineering Program, where she has taught the course, "Your Genes, Your Chromosomes" for more than 14 years. 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.

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.


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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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