PhD, Biology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
BS, Biochemistry, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio


  • National Science Foundation grant, “Supporting Undergraduate STEM Graduation and Career Pathways Through Student and Faculty Learning Communities,” Carlow University Celtic STEM Initiative, 2021
  • Using S. cerevisiae (yeast) and mice as model organisms to address molecular, cell, microbiology and physiology related questions
  • Microbiome and influence on human health and disease
  • General microbiology
  • Molecular biology techniques (DNA/RNA/protein extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, DNA Sequencing, Westerns, gel electrophoresis, microarrays, etc.)
  • Using ELISA to quantify various peptides, proteins, antibodies, hormones in various types of samples
  • Science education


  • Surlow, B.A., et al., “Impact of Reduced ATGL-Mediated Adipocyte Lipolysis on Obesity-Associated Insulin Resistance and Inflammation in Male Mice,” Endocrinology, 2015
  • Surlow, B.A., Cooley, B.M., Needham, P.G., Brodsky, J.L., Patton-Vogt, J., “Loss of Ypk1, the yeast homolog to the human serum …,” The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2014
  • Sun, T., Wetzel, S.J., Johnson, M.E., Surlow, B.A., Patton-Vogt, J., “Development and validation of a hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method,” Journal of Chromatography B Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences, 2012
  • Bishop, A.C., Surlow, B.A., Anand, P., Hofer, K., Henkel, M., Patton-Vogt, J., “Neurofibromin homologs Ira1 and Ira2 affect glycerophosphoinositol production and transport in Saccharomyces cerevisiae,” Eukaryotic Cell, 2009

Awards & Recognition

  • Associate Level Certification in Teaching the STEM Disciplines, CIRTL, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2015
  • T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIH/NIDDK, 2014-2015
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2012 

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Association for Biology Laboratory Education 

“The thing I like most about teaching at Carlow is being able to get to know my students. With the smaller class sizes, especially labs, it is easy to get to know students beyond their academics. I love sharing biology with them and frequently I learn about new discoveries in biology from my students as well. Seeing students develop their interests and knowledge of  biology throughout their college experience and being part of that development is very rewarding.” – Beth Surlow

© Copyright 2024 Carlow University. All rights reserved.