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Dr. Teresa Thiel

hDr. Teresa Thiel, Associate Dean, received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Case Western Reserve University and then did postdoctoral research at the Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University before joining the faculty in the Department of Biology at UM St. Louis. She is currently Director of the Biotechnology Program for the University.

Her research interests include the genetics and physiology of nitrogen fixation and photosynthesis in microscopic algae called cyanobacteria. Her work has been published in many journal articles, book chapters and reviews. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the USDA. In collaboration with Dr. Shirley Bissen in the biology department, Dr. Thiel has developed and published an innovative new laboratory textbook in biotechnology designed for advanced undergraduate students.

In addition to her research and teaching, she is the director of a precollegiate education program called "Science in the Real World: Microbes in Action." This program brings hands-on science activities in microbiology to middle and high school students ( This program is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, the Foundation for Microbiology, and Pfizer.