Traci Testerman

Traci Testerman

Traci Testerman

Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Email: tracitesterman@scuhs.edu

Health Science Program, Masters of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics

Biography

Dr. Testerman was interested in biology from a young age. Her interest in microbiology began when she struggled to treat fish diseases while working at a pet shop during high school. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Testerman worked at 3M Pharmaceuticals developing an immunomodulator for treatment of certain viral diseases and cancers. She then attended graduate school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (now the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) where she earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology researching Salmonella pathogenesis. She later investigated the roles of Helicobacter pylori and other Helicobacter species in diverse diseases including gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease, gastric and colon cancers, atherosclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. She also studied the role of a broccoli-derived compound on colitis and the microbiome. After H. pylori was found in a rare appendiceal cancer, Dr. Testerman collaborated with surgeons and other researchers to determine how H. pylori and other bacterial species influence this cancer. Dr. Testerman loves sharing her passion for science with others. She believes that everyone can benefit from learning how the natural world works. After all, we are biological creatures and can make better decisions when we understand how our bodies work and how we are affected by the world around us- including microorganisms living within us. When not working, Dr. Testerman enjoys home improvement projects, cooking, and playing with her dogs, horses, and donkey.
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