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Susan Gurney

Susan Gurney, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Biology
Office: PISB 220
Phone: 215.895.5802


  • BSc (Hons), Cell Biology and Pathology, University of St Andrews (UK)
  • MSc, Forensic Science, Anglia Ruskin University (UK)
  • MSc, Stem Cell Biology, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • PhD, Genetics, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany)

Research Interests:

  • Evolutionary genetics (humans and equids)
  • Stem cell biology
  • Forensic science

Selected Publications:

  • Gurney SMR, Scott KS, Kacinko SL, Presley BC, Logan BK. Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Adverse Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoid Drugs. Forensic Science Review (2014) 26:53.
  • Gurney SMR, Forster P, Just U, Schwanbeck R. Suppression of the PI3K subunit p85α delays embryoid body development and inhibits cell adhesion. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (2011) 112:3573-3581
  • Gurney SMR. Revisiting ancient mtDNA equid sequences from Pompeii. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (2010) 111:1080-1.
  • Gurney SMR, Schneider S, Pflugradt R, Barrett E, Forster AC, Brinkmann B, Jansen T, Forster P. Developing equine mtDNA profiling for forensic application. International Journal of Legal Medicine (2010) 124:617-22.
  • Forster L, Forster P, Gurney SMR, Spencer M, Röhl A, Brinkmann B. Evaluating length heteroplasmy in human mitochondrial DNA. International Journal of Legal Medicine (2010) 124:133-42.
  • Matthews JR, Watson (Gurney) SMR, Tevendale MCL, Watson CJ, Clarke AR. Caspase-dependent proteolytic cleavage of STAT3 alpha in ES cells, in mammary glands undergoing forced involution and in breast cancer cell lines. BMC Cancer 7:29 (2007)