Meet the Faculty

Dr. Sharon Kassan
Adjunct Professor 


Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.
M.Phil., Biomedical Sciences, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.
A.B., Biology, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

• Human Biology/Biomedical Sciences
• Cancer Biology
• Stem Cell Biology
• Human Genetics/Human Genome Sciences/Genetic Engineering
• Medical Biochemistry/Sickle Cell Anemia/Cystic Fibrosis

During her undergraduate studies, Dr. Kassan worked at the Rockefellar University under the direction of Dr. James M. Manning who encouraged her to pursue a project on sickle cell anemia. After completing her undergraduate degree in biology at Barnard College, she followed her interest in biomedical sciences by enrolling in a doctoral program at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine where she became interested in cancer biology. Initially she worked with Dr. Kevin J. Scanlon studying amino acid transport in human leukemia cells. She followed her interest in the biology of cancer by working under  the direction of Dr. Erlio Gurpide and Dr. Honoree Fleming in the Department of Endocrinology and Reproductive Science. She studied the biochemical and immunochemical properties of estrogen receptors in human endometrial cancer cells. In 2002 she joined the faculty at Rivier.

Academic Philosophy:
“My goal is to give my students an appreciation of the amazing discoveries in biology, human genetics and medicine that have already improved our lives and will continue to impact our health in the future. I try to impart the thrill that scientists feel when they formulate a hypothesis and carry out a controlled experiment that solves a scientific quandary. It is also important for students to realize that many important discoveries were made serendipitously as articulated by Louis Pasteur in his famous words: “Chance favors the prepared mind”. In order to make science relevant to non-science majors I apply biological principles to practical human concerns by focusing my lectures on the molecular details of various human diseases  and how through biomedical research, scientists are developing innovative therapies to treat many devastating human diseases.”

Courses Taught:
BIO 109A   Human Biology I
BIO 110 A  Human Biology II
BIO 101A   BIO 101LA   Introduction to Biology and Lab
BIO 122A   Peas, Flies and People

Scientific Publications:
• Kassan, S., Mechanick, J.I. and Gurpide, E. (1989) Altered Estrogen Receptor System in Estrogen-Unresponsive Human Endometrial Adenocarcinoma Cells.  Journal of Steroid Biochemistry.  33:327-333.
• Kassan, S. and Gurpide E. (1987)  Immunochemical Differences in Estradiol Receptors from Estrogen-Responsive and Unresponsive Human Endometrial Adenocarcinoma Cells.  Presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society.  Indianapolis, Indiana.
• Holinka, C.F., Anzai, Y. Hata, H., Kuromoto, H., and Kassan, S. (1988)  Estradiol Effects on the Proliferation of Endometrial Cancer Cells in Culture.  International Endocrine Society Meeting, Tokyo, Japan.
• Gurpide, E., Holinka, C.F., Anzai, Y., Hata, H., Kuramoto, H., Kassan, S. and Markiewicz, L. (1987) Estrogen Actions on Endometrial Adenocarcinoma.  Serona conference on Steroid Receptors.
• Gurpide, E., Kassan, S. and Fleming, H. (1984) Heterogeneity and Regulation of Estrogen Specific Binders.  4th congress of Pan American biochemical Societies, Buenos Aires.
• Scanlon, K.J., Riegelhaupt, R., Pallai, M.E., Kisthard, H., Kassan, S. and Waxman, S. (1983)  Altered Methotrexate Sensitivity in Human Leukemic K562 Amino Acid Transport Mutant Cells. In: Cheimistry and Biology of Pteridines.  Elsevier/North Holland, NY 5:933-939.

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