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Leadership, Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Swanson, Pharm.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Jennifer Swanson, Pharm.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Jennifer Swanson conducted her postgraduate clinical research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, while teaching pharmacology at associated healthcare organizations in Philadelphia. She spent the subsequent decade working in various capacities for the USPHS Indian Health Service in Montana. Since joining the university faculty in 2016, her favorite course has been Human Anatomy and Physiology, and her special interest is science writing.

In addition to her biology coursework for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dr. Swanson teaches Research Design and Statistics and Antimicrobial Stewardship for the UP School of Health Professions. Known for assigning thought-provoking readings in her courses, she was also the instigator of UP’s Science Journal Club. She is passionate about providing opportunities for students to engage in critical thinking, while keeping a casual, friendly atmosphere in the classroom.

If she’s not in her office, she’s probably recycling, nose in a book, or on horseback…not necessarily in that order!

BS, University of California, Davis
MS, Montana State University, Bozeman
PharmD, University of California, San Francisco

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
-Mark Twain, 19th century author