Dr. Gross is the Curriculum Director of the Bioscience program, and an expert in the field of Virology, specializing in herpesviruses. Dr. Gross received her PhD in Biomedical Research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2004, and, after teaching high school biology for two years, joined Farmingdale State College in 2006. Her research centers on the envelopment process of herpesviruses, currently focusing on the downregulation of cellular ESCRT components by the viral UL56 protein.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Industry Expertise (3)
Undergraduate Teacher of Virology Travel Award (professional)
Undergraduate Teacher of Virology Travel Award from the American Society for Virology
Individual Development Award (professional)
Individual Development Award Program (IDAP) of the United University Professions (UUP) to attend the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans, LA
Ida Lamport Hurewitz Memorial Award for Excellence in the Natural Sciences (professional)
Ida Lamport Hurewitz Memorial Award for Excellence in the Natural Sciences, Yeshiva University
Roth Scholar (professional)
Roth Scholar, Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Yeshiva University
SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017) (professional)
SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Albert Einstein College of Medicine: PhD, Biomedical Sciences 2004
Albert Einstein College of Medicine: MS, Biomedical Sciences 2000
Yeshiva University: BA, Biology 1998
- Member American Society for Virology
- Member American Society for Microbiology
- Member American Society for Microbiology NYC Branch
Dr. Miriam Deitch, DIRECTOR, SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE | Farmingdale State College
“Dr. Sarah Gross's Ebola lecture was outstanding. She is an excellent teacher. Only a talented teacher can take a complex topic and present it so that a general audience can make sense out of many of the complicated factors.”
Event Appearances (6)
“Understanding the Ebola Epidemic: Is It Time to Panic?”
Arts & Sciences Colloquium Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
“Investigation of Molecular Interactions Driving Pseudorabies Virus Envelopment”
2011 Biology and Chemistry Junior Faculty Symposium Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
“When Pigs Fly: Understanding the Swine Flu Pandemic”
Arts & Sciences Colloquium Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
“The cytoplasmic tail of HSV-1 glycoprotein H binds to VP16 in vitro: Sequence and Biochemical requirements for binding”
Herpesvirus Symposium University of Pennsylvania
“The HSV-1 tegument protein VP16 binds to the cytoplasmic tail of glycoprotein H in vivo and in vitro”
Annual Retreat, Dept. of Developmental and Molecular Biology Albert Einstein College of Medicine
“From Mosquitoes to Microcephaly: What we know about Zika Virus”
Farmingdale State College School of Arts & Sciences Colloquium Farmingdale State College
- Workshop Leader
Research Focus (1)
Investigating the role of viral protein UL56 in herpesvirus egress
Investigating the role of viral protein UL56 in herpesvirus egress in collaboration with Dr. Duncan W. Wilson at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. We hypothesize that UL56 plays an important role in the budding event leading to viral egress by interacting with components of the cellular ESCRT-III system used in the generation of multivesicular bodies (MVB).
Research Grants (1)
Students First Grant
Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
Students First Grant from Farmingdale State College Title III Grant Program for the co-curricular project entitled: “Engaging Bioscience students in a Biomedical research project on the Herpesvirus lifecycle.”
Dr. Duncan Wilson, Professor
Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Published Articles (6)
Pseudorabies Virus and Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 utilize different tegument-glycoprotein interactions to mediate the process of envelopment.Intervirology
Pseudorabies Virus and Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 utilize different tegument-glycoprotein interactions to mediate the process of envelopment.
“The Archaea”Practical Handbook of Microbiology
“The Archaea,” in Practical Handbook of Microbiology, 3rd Ed, CRC Press. Edited by Lorrence H. Green and Emanuel Goldman. In Press.
Structural basis for the physiological temperature-dependence of VP16 association with the cytoplasmic tail of Herpes simplex virus glycoprotein H.Journal of Virology
Structural basis for the physiological temperature-dependence of VP16 association with the cytoplasmic tail of Herpes simplex virus glycoprotein H. Journal of Virology. 2005 May; 79(10): 6134-6141
The cytoplasmic tail of Herpes simplex virus glycoprotein H binds to the tegument protein VP16 in vitro and in vivo.Virology
The cytoplasmic tail of Herpes simplex virus glycoprotein H binds to the tegument protein VP16 in vitro and in vivo. Virology. 2003 Dec 5; 317(1): 1-12.
. Identification of genes encoding exported Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteins using a Tn552’phoA in vitro transposition system.Journal of Bacteriology
Identification of genes encoding exported Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteins using a Tn552’phoA in vitro transposition system. Journal of Bacteriology. 2000 May; 182(10): 2732-40.
“The Archaea”Practical Handbook of Microbiology, 3rd Ed.
“The Archaea," in Practical Handbook of Microbiology, 3rd Ed, Green, L.H. and Goldman, E. editors. Boca Raton: CRC Press (2016), pp. 817-833.
This course investigates how cells develop, work, communicate, and control their activities. Topics include basic biochemistry and metabolism, DNA structure and function, membrane/organelle function and transport, cell communication, the cytoskeleton, and cell division. At the completion of this course the student should be able to engage in the broad themes of cell and molecular biology, and to relate these concepts to other studies in biology and other disciplines
This course will focus on specific human viruses, including papilloma, herpes, smallpox, polio, measles, HIV, influenza, SARS, and hepatitis viruses. Lecture will cover viral strategies of invasion, viral lifecycles, viral offense and host defense, prevention and control of viral diseases, approaches for studying viruses and public health.
Biological Principles I
This course deals with biological processes primarily at the molecular and cellular level, and develops the foundations of evolutionary and ecological concepts. There is a study of cell structure, and an examination of cellular composition and metabolic processes including enzyme activity, respiration, and photosynthesis. Principles of genetics are studied at the cellular and molecular level, with reference to current techniques in molecular biology. Evolutionary mechanisms are introduced and ecological concepts are presented as a unifying theme.
Forensic Molecular Biology
This course explores advanced molecular biological techniques and concepts as they apply to the study of forensic investigation. The course will cover background information on body fluid identification, DNA structure and function, analytical DNA techniques, and review advancements in the field of DNA typing. The primary focus will be the molecular biological technique known as short tandem repeats (STR) testing. Other topics covered include case studies, sample handling, DNA databanking (CODIS), mass disaster identification, Y chromosomal analysis, paternity testing, and validation procedures. The laboratory component of this course will give the students hands-on experience in techniques and experiments that are currently being employed by forensic biology laboratories across the country.