Dr. Sean M. Rollins serves as Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State University, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy University, and Visiting Microbiology Laboratory Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He has published over 20 peer reviewed research manuscripts in microbiology journals, including PLoS Pathogens, Cellular Microbiology, Molecular Microbiology, and the Journal of Bacteriology.
Dr. Rollins received his B.S. degree in Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He worked as Laboratory Assistant at Albany Medical College (Albany, NY) and then entered the Microbiology Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University. He developed strong expertise in the area of bacterial genetics, studying tRNA-dependent riboswitches in Bacillus subtilis.
After graduation from The Ohio State University, Dr. Rollins conducted post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Harvard Medical School studying humoral and cellular immune responses to cholera, typhoid and anthrax. He was awarded an NIH-funded career development fellowship through the New England Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease.
Dr. Rollins then accepted a second Post-Doctoral appointment at the Harvard Institute of Proteomics, expanding his work on cholera, typhoid, and anthrax immune responses using protein microarrays.
In 2007, Dr. Rollins returned to the Division of Infectious Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, accepting a joint appointment as Assistant of Microbiology and Instructor of Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Rollins accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State University. Dr. Rollins currently teaches Microbiology courses and continues his research in humoral immune responses to bacterial pathogens and tRNA-dependent riboswitches.
Host/pathogen interactions and Gene regulation of and Salmonella species, particularly as it relates to vaccine, diagnostic and therapeutic development.