Dr. Sue Katz

Name: Dr. Sue Katz

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 918-343-7702

Title: Professor

Department: Biology

Office: Loshbaugh Hall, Room 102

Dr. Sue KatzDr. Sue Katz is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Rogers State University.


Ph.D., Microbiology
University of Kansas
Dissertation: Effect of plasmid Rts1 on Escherichia coli mutation frequencies.

M.S.,  Biology, Microbial and Cellular Biology
Emporia State University, Emporia KS
Dissertation: Production of pigment precursors in white, clinical strains of Serratia marcescens.

B.S., Biology
Baker University, Baldwin, KS


Certification Secondary Education, Biology
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Postdoctoral Investigator
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

Postdoctoral Investigator, NIH Carcinogenesis Training Grant
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Professional Experience

2012-Present, Professor
2007-2012, Associate Professor
2004-2007, Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK
Courses: Microbiology, Immunology, Biology of Microorganisms, Molecular Biology (all courses with associated laboratories), General Cellular Biology, College Experience.

2004, Adjunct Professor
Glendale Community College, Glendale AZ
Courses: Microbiology with laboratory.

1997-200, Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale AZ
Courses: Medical Microbiology Courses, DO microbiology, PA Microbiology, Pharmacy Majors microbiology with lab. Director and Team Taught Medical Immunology Courses: First Year DO immunology, PA immunology, Pharmacy Majors immunology. Biomedical Sciences B.S. Course: BBSC 320, Introductory Microbiology.

1993-1997, Assistant Professor of Biology
Doane College, Crete NE
Microbiology, Bacteriology, Immunology, Microbial Ecology, Introductory Biology, Interterm – Exotic Animals, Honors and Directed Study Projects.

1992-1993, DOE/Lyndhurst Fellow – Life Science (7th Grade) and Biology (9th Grade)
Secondary School Science Teaching Internship, University of Tennessee College of Education, Knoxville TN

1989-199, Senior Research Associate
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Scholarly Activities

  • 2003 and 2005, Sponsoring Professor for M.S. student Cynthia Razo, project: Quorum Sensing in the Serratiae
  • 2003, ‘Control’ in the Age of Prions: How has the paradigm been altered?  Focus on Microbiology Education 9(3): 4
  • 2002-current, Collaboration with Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK;  Plant pathogen S. marcescens strains
  • 2002, AREA NIH grant submitted: Quorum Sensing in Serratia marcescens
  • 2002, Co-PI with Dr. Perry Baker, Arizona K-12 Center Pre-approved Provider of Professional Development workshop:  Inquiry Teaching Using the Learning Cycle
  • 2002, Review of “The Microbiology Video Library CD” in ASM News [68(11):577]
  • 2001, Updated and enhanced Patient Oriented Problem Solving (POPS) immunodeficiency case for MICR 1531, Immunology
  • 2000-current, Collaboration with Dr. Kathryn Leyva, Midwestern University, on Serratia marcescens antibiotic sensitivities
  • 1999, License application for Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency Obtained approval for MWU-Glendale’s Limited Academic Laboratory Radioactive Materials License. Developed the Radiation Safety Program and wrote Radiation Safety Manual.
  • 1998-current, Developed laboratory exercises for MICR 1611/1622 laboratories
  • 1997-2002, Collaboration with Drs. Rod Sobieski and Scott Crupper, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas,  on Serratia marcescens genotyping.
  • 1997-1999, Volunteer/Observer in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1994-current, Collaboration with Dr. Ken Nickerson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln,  on Serratia marcescenspathogenicity factors

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Missouri Valley Regional ASM
  • Oklahoma Academy of Sciences

Honors & Awards

  • NIH Postgraduate Fellow (1984-1987)
  • ORAU Fellow (1987-1989)
  • DOE-Lyndhurst Fellow (1992-1993)
  • BIOSCIEDNET (BEN) Scholar (2006-2008)
  • Faculty Service Award, 2006-7, School of Mathematics, Science and Health Sciences
  • Pixley Faculty Excellence Award, 2006-7, Rogers State University

Extramural Grant Supoort

  • Gelman (now Pall/Gelman) Membranes and Filtering Supplies Grant 1994

Consulting & Service Activities

  • Grant Review Panel – Texas Advanced Research Program Biology Section, 2006
  • RSU Assessment Committee, 2004-2007; Chair 2005-2007
  • Arizona Heart Institute [on contamination of tissue culture] (2002)
  • Consultant to Science Application Incorporated (SAIC) through Analysas and 
    GPA Technical Consultants
  • Carcinogenicity literature reviews for National Toxicology Program  (Cellular and Genetic Toxicology) at Research Triangle Park
  • Consultant to Cogito Learning Media: Microbiology For Majors CD-ROM and 
  • RSO at Midwestern University, Glendale Campus and at Doane College
  • Chair of Glendale Safety Committee (1997-1999)
  • Chair of the MWU-Glendale Radiation Safety Committee (1997-2004)
  • Preclinical Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, MWU-Glendale
  • First Year Student/Faculty Liaison Committee, MWU-Glendale

Professional & Public Service

  • Gordon Conference on Undergraduate Microbiology Education (1999)
  • ASM Undergraduate Microbiology Education Conferences (1994-2001) Result:  Identification of core teachings for Microbiology lecture and lab
  • ASM Education Division W Chair Selection Committee (2000-2001)
  • Group Leader, Undergraduate Education Conference, L.A., CA, May 19-21, 2000
  • ASM Microbiology telecourse reviewer while in development stages
  • Founder and original moderator of the ASM Education Division W UGCONF Listserv
  • Focus on Microbiology Education, ASM Division W, Education, Newsletter Founding Member and editor (1994-1997); Continuing contributor
  • PowerPoint Workshop presented by Lewis Tomalty, ASM Undergraduate Education Workshop, Orlando Florida, May 2001
  • Pulsed-Field Electrophoresis Workshop; Pre-Annual Meeting Workshop, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2002

Education & Outreach

  • 2004-current, Senior Research Project mentor for RSU seniors (5, 2004-5;  4, 2005-6; 5, 2006-7)
  • 1998-2001, Research mentor for ASU undergraduate honors students
  • 1997-2002, Philosophy of science and research presentations to ASU Bridges Program and Modes of Scientific Thought Courses
  • 1995, Research presentation by undergraduate student, Nebraska Academy of Sciences (1995)
  • 1995, Judge for the Capitol District Regional Science Fair at Doane
  • 1995, Assisted the national winners of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision project
  • 1994-1997, Planning Committee for the Nebraska Math/Science Initiative’s Expand Your Horizons (EYH) Conference (for girls, grades 7-9); Including: workshop presenter, panel moderator and panel member
  • 1989-1993, Scientist Partner in the Science By Mail Program

Seminars & Presentations

“Breast Feeding: As Good as Mother’s Milk?.” Community Health Lecture Series, February 18, 2003.

“Analysis of the Characteristics of Strains of Serratia marcescens.”  Midwestern University Basic Sciences Lecture Series, April 26, 2002.

Laboratory Safety, Undergraduate Microbiology Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 15-17, 1998.


D.E. Sheneman and D.S. Katz. 2003. An inexpensive sample mold for pulsed-field electrophoresis. J. Microbiol. Meth. 53:127-129.

T. G. Patton, S. Katz, R. J. Sobieski, and S. C. Crupper. 2001. Genotyping of clinical Serratia marcescensisolates: A comparison of PCR based methods.   FEMS Microbiology Letters 194 (2001): 19-23.

R.L. Tyndall, K.S. Ironside, C.D. Little, D.S. Katz and J.R. Kennedy. 1991. Free-living amoebae used to isolate consortia capable of degrading trichloroethylene. Scientific Note. App. Biochem. Biotech. 28/29:917-925.

A.W. Hsie, L. Recio, D.S. Katz, C.Q. Lee, M. Wagner and R.L. Schenley. 1986. Evidence for reactive oxygen species inducing mutations in mammalian cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA  83:9616-9620.

D.S. Katz and R.J. Sobieski. 1979. Detection of pigment precursors in white clinical strains of Serratiamarcescens. J. Clin. Microbiol. 9:301-303.


M. Uziel, N.B. Munro, D.S. Katz, T. Vo-Dinh and E. Zeighami. DNA adduct formation by twelve chemicals with populations potentially suitable for molecular epidemiological studies. ORNL TM-10849. February, 1989.

R.L. Tyndall, C.S. Dudney, D.S. Katz, K.S. Ironside, R.A. Jernigan and E.S. Lehman. Characterization of microbial content and dispersion from home humidifiers. Phase 1 and Phase 2 Final Report. CPSC Report, 1989.

Published Abstracts:

D.S. Katz  2006. Mining Winogradsky Columns in the Introductory Microbiology Laboratory. 13th Undergraduate Microbiology Education Conference, May 19-21, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.

C. Razo and D.S. Katz. 2005. Quorum Sensing in the Serratiae. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, June 5-9, 2005, Atlanta, Georgia.

D.S. Katz and K.J. Leyva. 2001. Expanding on Tradition:  Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks. American Society for Microbiology, 8th Undergraduate Microbiology Education Conference, May 18-20, 2001, Orlando, Florida.

D.S. Katz, D.L. Egger, A.J. Floyd, S.L. McHale, E.B. Stephens, II and C.R. Wikel. 1996. Collaboration between Microbial Ecology and Ecology Course Laboratories. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting,  May 12-16, 1996, New Orleans, LA.

A. Hultine, D.S. Katz, E. Jensen and K.W. Nickerson. 1995. Serratia marcescens: Serrawettin Production and Pathogenicity for Tobacco Hornworms. Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting,  April 28-29, 1995.     Presented by Aimee Hultine (Doane Freshman). This material was also presented at the 1995 Nebraska Microbiologist’s Meeting (Boy’s Town).

D.S. Katz, A.W. Hsie, M.C. Jernigan and R.L. Schenley. 1988. The effect of anaerobic conditions on CHO cell killing and 6-TG mutagenesis by neutrons. Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting,  April 16-21, 1988. Philadelphia, PA.

A.W. Hsie, D.S. Katz and R.L. Schenley. 1987. Evidence for reactive oxygen species inducing mutations in mammalian cells. Second International Conference on Anticarcinogenesis and Radiation Protection,  March 8-12, 1987,  Gaithersburg, MD.

A.W. Hsie, L. Recio, D.S. Katz, C.Q. Lee, M. Wagner and R.L. Schenley. 1986. Reactive oxygen species induce mutations in mammalian cells. Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting,  April 13-19, 1986,  Las Vegas, NV.

A.W. Hsie, L. Recio, D.S. Katz, C.Q. Lee, M. Wagner and R.L. Schenley. 1986. Gene mutations induced by reactive oxygen species in CHO cells. Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Meeting,  April 9-13, 1986,  Baltimore, MD. Environmental Mutagenesis 8:36.

D.S. Katz and A.W. Hsie. 1985. Gene rescue from pSV2gpt transformed CHO cells. Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Meeting,  February 25-March 1,  Las Vegas NV. Environmental Mutagenesis 7:90.

D.S. Katz and D.M. Shankel. 1984. Effect of plasmid Rts1 on Trp reversions in UV and EMS treated Escherichia coli K12 strains. Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Meeting, February 19-23, 1984,  Montreal, Canada.Environmental Mutagenesis 6:388.

D.S. Katz and D.M. Shankel. 1983. Effects of plasmid Rts1 on Escherichia coli K12 host mutational frequencies. Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Meeting, March 3-6, 1983, San Antonio, TX. Environmental Mutagenesis5:457.