Science Faculty

Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology, Director of Biotechnology Program, and Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Chairperson
570-348-6211 x2565
Office Location: CNHS 333
Office Hours: Spring 2020 (January 13, 2020, to May 8, 2020) Tuesday 10 AM - 1 PM, Wednesday and Friday 1 PM - 2 PM, or by appointment. Please email Dr. Antoniacci to make an appointment.


Ph.D. Molecular Biology Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
MS Clinical Chemistry University of Scranton; Scranton, PA
BS Biology University of Scranton; Scranton, PA


Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology


Industrial Background: Research and Development labs at Sanofi Pasteur Swiftwater, PA.  Biochemical test development for various protein and carbohydrate vaccine candidates.
Teaching Interests:  Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology


Research Interests:  Several Aspects of Chromatin Metabolism including Sister-Chromatid Cohesion, Telomere clustering and anchoring at the nuclear envelope, Telomere length maintenance, and Silencing.

Research Articles:

Haas J, Lemocelli A, Morozov C, Franke K, Domider J, Antoniacci LM. (2012). Physical Link Between the Nuclear Envelope Protein Mps3, Three Alternate Replication Factor C Complexes, and a Variant Histone in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. DNA Cell Biol. Jan 25.

Antoniacci, L.M., Kenna, M.A. and Skibbens, R.V (2007) The nuclear envelope and spindle pole body-associated Mps3 protein bind telomere regulators and function in telomere clustering.  Cell Cycle  Jan;6(1):75-9.

Antoniacci, L.M. and Skibbens, R.V (2006) Sister-chromatid telomere cohesion is nonredundant and resists both spindle forces and telomere motility. Curr Biol. May 9;16(9):902-6.
Antoniacci, L.M., Kenna, M.A. Uetz, P., Fields, S. and Skibbens, R.V. (2004) The spindle pole body assembly component Mps3p/Nep98p functions in sister-chromatid cohesion.  Journal of Biological Chemistry Nov 19;279(47):49542-50

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 protein and carbohydrate vaccine candidates. She is currently an associate professor in the Science, Math, and Computer 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, and dance events.