Diana Cundell, PhD


Associate Professor of Biology, College of Science, Health, and the Liberal Arts
Pre-Medical Studies Program Director and Clinical Coordinator


B. Sc. in Immunology and Microbiology, University of London, 1981
Ph.D. in Medicine, Royal Postgraduate Medical Federation, London, 1993

Academic and Research Interests:

Pedagogical research revolves around understanding how students behave in classroom settings and also developing learning tools to help them master complex information. Current bench research is interdisciplinary in collaboration with members of Philadelphia University’s Engineering and Design Institute and involves the generation of novel, biocide-coupled fabrics to be used in reducing the incidence of sick building syndrome and also abrogation of hospital-acquired infections.

PA Program Courses Taught

Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics

Biographical Summary:

Diana Cundell has been part of the PA program at Thomas Jefferson University since 1996.  Within the program she teaches Microbiology and Immunology. She also serves as Pre-Medical Studies Program Director and Clinical Coordinator as well as teaching many of the undergraduate science courses for the students in the pre-professional phase (Microbiology, Histology and Immunology). Prior to Thomas Jefferson University she had more than twenty years experience in clinical research directed towards understanding the pathogenesis of bacterial infection and also worked as a Clinical Trials Coordinator for three years. This tradition of basic clinical studies has been continued and extended in her research interests and also her service on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. When not at school, Diana likes to crochet, draw and make jam as well as spending time with her daughter Olivia, husband Mike and their cat, two guinea pigs, and two fish.


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