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Dr. Sarah Ruffell

Sarah Ruffell
Dr. Sarah Ruffell
Assistant Professor of Biology

Division of Biological and Health Sciences

Contact Information:
ruffell@pitt.edu
203C Fisher Hall

Degrees and Credentials

Ph.D. Biology, University of Waterloo, Canada 2017
B.S. Biology, Honors, University of Waterloo, Canada 2011

Academic Focus

Industrial applications of microbial metabolites

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications

Dr. Ruffell's research focuses on the industrial applications of microbial metabolites. Through this research they have established suitable algal species as aquaculture feeds (rich in omega-3s), naturally synthesized antibacterial agents, and identified algal species with the ability to remediate the Alberta oil sands tailings ponds.

Select Publications:

Ruffell, S. E., Packull-McCormick, S. R., McConkey, B. J., & Müller, K. M. (2017). Nutritional characteristics of the potential aquaculture feed species Boekelovia hooglandii. Aquaculture, 474, 113-120. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.03.028
       
Ruffell, S. E., Frank, R. A., Woodworth, A. P., Bragg, L. M., Bauer, A. E., Deeth, L. E., Müller, K. M., Farwell, A. J., Dixon, D. G., Servos, M. R., & McConkey, M. R. (2016). Assessing the bioremediation potential of algal species indigenous to oil sands process-affected waters on mixtures of oil sands acid extractable organics. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 133, 373-380. doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2016. 07.034

Ruffell, S. E., Müller, K. M., & McConkey, B. J. (2015). Comparative assessment of microalgal fatty acids as topical antibiotics. Journal of Applied Psycology, 28, 1695-1704. doi:10.1007/s10811-015-0692-4