Sara Reed Houser, M.S.

Assistant Professor
(540) 224-4677
Department: 

Specialty: Microbiology, Immunology, Clinical Virology
Education: ·         B.S in Biology, minor in Chemistry from Radford University ·         M.S. in Biology with emphasis in Microbiology from Virginia Tech. Research and Thesis in Immune Mechanisms of Tumor Rejection in Mice Treated with Nitrosoureas. Scholarship and JCHS Service: Member at Large, Faculty Senate. Oversees students in Independent Study projects. Biomedical Sciences Outcomes Assessment Committee Teaching Responsibilities: Microbiology lecture and lab, Immunology & Anatomy & Physiology lecture and lab Teaching Philosophy: I have high expectations of my students and believe that being willing to rise to the challenge will make them better students and professionals.  Other Information: Sara Houser was born and raised here in the Roanoke Valley and even though she has traveled extensively, she cannot imagine a better place to live. She received a bachelor's degree in Biology from Radford University and completed her Master's degree in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and Immunology from Virginia Tech in 1990. "My intentions were always to pursue research as a career and my field of graduate research was in the fascinating and rewarding discipline of Tumor Immunology. I then spent 6 years in Infectious Diseases research with a focus on Virology and Immunology. A teaching position then came open and now after almost 25 years of teaching, I cannot imagine doing anything else. There are few things more rewarding than having a former student walk up to you and say "I really enjoyed your class; I'm so glad you made us learn all of those bacteria. I use the information every day in my job." I hope to make a positive impact on student's lives for many years to come. On a personal note, I am married to a high school math teacher who shares my passion for teaching and volleyball. I have two beautiful daughters who I am immensely proud of; one who seems to have inherited the teaching gene and the other a budding Occupational Therapist.

Education: 
B.S., Radford University
M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University