• PhD: Microbiology and Immunology University of Rochester, 2000
  • MS: Microbiology and Immunology University of Rochester, 1997
  • BS: Cell and Developmental Biology University of Rochester, 1988

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 120 The Hidden World of Microbes
  • BIOL 150 Biological Foundations
  • BIOL 155 Biological Foundations: Antibiotic Discovery
  • BIOL 211 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 302 General Microbiology
  • BIOL 304 Microbial Ecology
  • BIOL 402 Immunology
  • BIOL 404 Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • Cardinale JA and Johnson BC. 2017. Metacognition modules: a scaffolded series of video and writing reflections designed to improve student analysis of their study related behaviors. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. In press.
  • Wright LK, Newman DL, Cardinale JA, Teese R. 2016. Web-based interactive video vignettes create a personalized active learning classroom for introducing big ideas in introductory biology. Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching. 42(2):32-43.
  • Coughlan A, Breed SM, Ashraf C, Cardinale JA, Hall MM, Towler MR. 2012. Does elevating silver content in zinc-based glass polyalkenoate cements increase their antibacterial efficacy against two common bacteria using the agar gel diffusion method? Journal of Biomaterials Applications. 27(7):840-847
  • Coughlan A, Breed SM, Ashraf C, Cardinale JA, Hall MM, Towler MR. 2012. Increasing the quantity of silver in zinc-based glass polyalkenoate cement: Is there an improvement in antibacterial efficacy? in NEBEC 2012 (proceedings of 38th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Mar 16-18, 2012.). IEEE Computer Society. pp 71-2. DOI 10.1109/NEBC.2012.6206967
  • Cardinale, JA. 2011. An investigation of bacterial protein interactions as a primary research project for a sophomore-level molecular biology course. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 11:194-199
  • Kohel K, Cardinale JA. 2007. The Epidemic: A large group activity that demonstrates transmission of infectious agents. Licensed for use, ASM MicrobeLibrary (linked to
  • DeRosa RL, Cardinale JA, Cooper A. 2007. Functionalized glass substrate for microarray analysis. Thin Solid Films. 515:4024-4031


  • Small World Initiative Partner Instructor
  • Improving Metacognition Modules: Multimedia Instruction and Reflection Exercises Designed to Develop Transferable Metacognitive Skills between Introductory Courses, Society for the Teaching of Psychology Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant
  • Collaborative Research: Development and Assessment of Interactive Video Vignettes for Biology Teaching. PI, National Science Foundation proposal #1432303
  • Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute Undergraduate Research Program in Microbial Genome Annotation, awarded November 2008

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