Susanne Lindgren, Ph.D.
California State University
Dr. Susanne Lindgren is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University Sacramento, where she was the recipient of the University Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007. She earned her Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with Dr. Alison O’Brien at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where she helped develop a small animal model and proved the role of Shiga-toxin in the pathogenesis of non-O157 EHEC. Dr. Lindgren went on to postdoc with Dr. Fred Heffron at Oregon Health & Sciences University, where she discovered that Salmonella induces apoptosis in macrophages. Her research at Sacramento State, with primarily first-generation and BIPOC undergraduate students, has focused on the versatile E.coli, both its mechanisms of pathogenesis, as well as its prevalence in the environment. She is also active in microbiology education, coordinating a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) for over 300 students each year in General Microbiology. Dr. Lindgren worked at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany as a Senior Fulbright Fellow and has been teaching microbiology for over 25 years.