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Poonam Gulati enjoys her job at UHD because she can focus on her research in microbiology and on pushing her students to succeed in and out of the classroom.
Gulati is a microbiologist, researcher, associate professor and academic coordinator of the microbiology program in the university's Department of Natural Sciences. She is also the advisor of the Leeuwenhoek Society, UHD's student chapter of the American Society for Microbiology.
"I love teaching students at all levels, from freshman to seniors, and it is wonderful to see their faces break out into smiles when they see microbes growing under the microscope," she said.
Outside the classroom, Gulati involves students in her research on the effects of stress on the immune system and of biofilms, an aggregate of microbes that adhere to each other. She said that doing research with undergraduates can take longer than with graduate students, but the experience is valuable to their futures.
"I want to make sure my students succeed in all of their activities," Gulati said. "My favorite thing is providing opportunities for students outside of the classroom."
Gulati was born and raised until the age of 12 in India. After migrating to western New York with her family, Gulati attended Cornell University where she earned her bachelor's and doctorate degrees in microbiology and immunology respectively. She conducted pure research for several years before deciding to teach and join the UHD faculty.
For her teaching and involvement with students and the microbiology discipline, Gulati received the 2003 UHD Award for Excellence in Service and the 2009 UHD Award for Excellence in Teaching.
"I love being here at UHD because I can continue my research, but also work with students," she said. "I want to instill in them the importance of being engaged in and out of the classroom."
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