Maureen Driscoll, PhD, Research Fellow

Dr. Maureen Driscoll joined Mystic Aquarium as a research fellow in June 2015. She graduated magna cum laude from Salem State University with a BS in Biology. Later, Dr. Driscoll earned her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Rhode Island (URI) with a concentration in Microbiology.  In graduate school, Dr. Driscoll studied the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of Vibrio anguillarum, a marine bacterial species that causes vibriosis in shellfish, crustaceans and finfish, resulting in major financial losses for the aquaculture industry. She identified the gene responsible for the activation/processing of the EmpA protease, an important virulence factor for the organism. Dr. Driscoll conducted her postdoctoral work at the URI Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where she developed a cell culture model to study the effects of natural products on LPS-induced inflammation. She also helped to identify efflux transporters responsible for the elimination of Bisphenol A (BPA) in humans and rodents. At the Aquarium, Dr. Driscoll is currently studying the microbiome of marine mammals and its impact to overall health.