Alumni Ambassadors

Susan Sharfstein

Susan Sharfstein
  • Title: Professor
  • Project: Optimizing Recombinant Protein Production in Cultured Mammalian Cells 
  • Academic Year: September 2017 - June 2018 
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I am a Professor of Nanobioscience at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. My research focuses on the use of mammalian cell culture systems for the production of therapeutic proteins and carbohydrates and for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Much of my work is collaborative with companies, particularly small businesses, and I have received a number of small business innovation research (SBIR) grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. I teach courses in drug discovery and biomanufacturing and transport phenomena.  

As a Fulbright Global Scholar, I spent four months each in Dublin, Ireland at Dublin City University and in Brisbane, Australia at the University of Queensland. While in Australia, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Thailand at Suranaree Institute of Technology, giving a workshop and keynote presentation. My Fulbright focused on projects related to mammalian cell culture for the production of therapeutic proteins. While in both countries, I had the opportunity to work with and help mentor doctoral students (one of whom subsequently spent three months in my lab) and work on collaborative projects that led to joint publications. In addition, I visited and gave seminars at a number of companies and universities, including ones in Northern Ireland.  

Ask Me About:

  • The Global Scholar Award 
  • STEM research as a Fulbright Scholar 
  • Bringing older children (13 and 18) and my spouse abroad
  • Engaging as a member of the Jewish community in other countries 
  • Caring for elderly parents from overseas