Cheryl elevates rapidly advancing scientific fields through a combination of innovative approaches, multidisciplinary teams, long-term vision and high energy. She has pioneered new approaches in infectious disease research and tissue engineering by combining diverse fields including microbiology, molecular biology, physics, and fluid mechanics using non-traditional platforms, such as the Space Shuttle and International Space Station.
She is currently a Professor in the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and the Editor-in-Chief of npj Microgravity. Her work has yielded intellectual and scientific breakthroughs, and resulted in her extensive list of publications, advisory roles for commercial entities and federal agencies, service on editorial boards and heading scientific journals, national/international recognition and honors, and a constant demand as a speaker. Cheryl holds a B.Sc. in biology from Tulane University/Newcomb College, a M.S. in genetics from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in microbiology from Louisiana State University.
When she’s not launching things into space, her personal interests include high performance sports cars and racing, strength and fitness training and Victorian period antiquities.