PA-Program Faculty Detail

Lisa Antoniacci, PhD - Medical Microbiology

Dr. Lisa Antoniacci received her Bachelors degree in Biology and her Masters Degree in Clinical Chemistry from the University of Scranton.  She then completed her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Lehigh University where she earned the Distinguished Dissertation Award.  For several years Dr. Antoniacci worked at Sanofi Pasteur in their Research platform to develop several protein and carbohydrate vaccine candidates. She is currently an associate professor in Marywood University's Science Department and serves as the lead instructor of the Microbiology and Immunology courses for pre-PA, pre-med, and biotechnology students.

Dr. Antoniacci has an active research program that includes studying DNA damage repair pathways, telomere metabolism, and chromosome dynamics in the cell.  Defects in these pathways can lead to disease progression as seen in many types of cancer. 

Dr. Antoniacci also serves as the Director of the MS Biotechnology program and Chair of the department's Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC). In addition she is Marywood University's first recipient of the Hans and Antonia Schierling Endowed Chair, a position she has held since 2013.  

Dr. Antoniacci resides in Moosic with her husband Mike and their four children Michael, Morgan, Nico, and Giavona. In her free time she enjoys attending all of her children's basketball, baseball, dance, and track events.