Dr. Shannon McQuaig-Ulrich

Dr. McQuaig-Ulrich received her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2003.  That same year, she began a Master’s degree research project at the University of Florida to develop a standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect human polyomaviruses (HPyVs): JCV and BKV.

In 2005, she was awarded her Masters of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science. She then was accepted into a PhD program at the University of South Florida in the Department of Biology.  Dr. McQuaig-Ulrich continued her work with human polyomaviruses by developing and optimizing a real time PCR assay to quantify HPyVs in various matrices as an indication of water quality. This method has been employed in several epidemiological studies across the United States and to date the HPyVs assay has been utilized in laboratories of various states and countries.

In 2009, Dr. McQuaig-Ulrich earned her PhD in Biology with a concentration in Ecological and Environmental Microbiology.  Shortly after graduating she taught Cell Biology and Biology at the University of South Florida. In the Fall of 2010, Dr. McQuaig-Ulrich began teaching at St. Petersburg College (SPC).  She is currently an Associate Professor at SPC and she teaches a diverse array of courses including Biology, Microbiology, Genetics and Immunology.

In addition, Dr. McQuaig-Ulrich mentors an undergraduate microbiology-based research club with a variety of projects including the potential spread of various virulence genes on fomites, extracting pigments from bacteria and examining the prevalence of triclosan resistance in enterococci isolates.  Dr. McQuaig-Ulrich is an author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and a co-author of a book chapter.  She is also the Secretary of the Florida Branch American Society for Microbiology and co-founder of Tampa Bay’s Tiniest Biology Seminar Series.