Amy J. Reese, Ph.D.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Amy Reese is a scientist and professor who is interested in equity in science across the board and in her classroom. As an associate professor of biology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Mo., she teaches Microbiology, Biology I, and Science, Ethics, and Society. She also leads a research team of students in studying fungal organisms that cause disease in humans whose immune systems have been suppressed or compromised.
Amy’s undergraduate degrees were in chemistry and music at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio. She obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. It was during her post-doctoral work at Washington University School of Medicine that she found microbiology and fell in love with studying microbes. She was able to combine that interest with her passion for teaching when she joined the faculty at the women’s liberal arts institution of Cedar Crest College, in Allentown, Penn. in 2004, where she taught for 11 years. In 2015, she joined the St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty to help expand their undergraduate program offerings and perform research with students. In 2018 she was invited to join the team of faculty and staff delivering the co-curricular Social awareness and cultural sensitivity training for pharmacy students. She then pursued additional social justice training, including completion of the NCCJ St. Louis Certified Diversity Facilitrainer (CDFT)TM program.
In her Science, Ethics, and Society course, Amy specifically engages the students in discussions of social justice and equity within the science setting. In her other classes she works these aspects into her classroom in more subtle ways. Her goals are help nudge her campus to be more accessible, inclusive, and equitable across the campus and the curriculum.