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About Our Team

Gail Gasparich, PhD
Co-PI and Chair of the External Advisory Committee
Provost and Academic Vice President at Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Gail Gasparich, PhD

Gail E. Gasparich, Ph.D. has been the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Millersville University since July, 2021. Prior to that she served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Salem State University since Spring 2016 and before that was Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean for the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and Acting Assistant Provost at Towson University.  

Dr. Gasparich obtained a B.S. in Biology from TheCollege of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from The PennsylvaniaState University. After doing a Postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Department of Agriculture she began her academic career at Towson University in 1996. She has taught a wide-range of courses including courses for graduate students, majors (lower and upper level), non-majors (Core and General Education) and for Honors students.

Her research focus has been on microorganisms of the genus Spiroplasma. She has been a firm supporter of both graduate and undergraduate research, having mentored seven M.S. graduate and more than 70 undergraduate students.

Dr. Gasparich has published over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles (many with students as coauthors).  She has been awarded 22 extramural research and training grants totaling over $9.5M from NSF, NIH, the MD State Department of Education and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as PI or Co-PI. She has given over 75 invited talks and conference presentations.  

Dr. Gasparich has served as Secretary for the National Board of AWIS, as Division Chair for the American Society of Microbiology, as a member of the Diversity Committee of Sigma Xi, and as treasurer for the International Organization of Mycoplasmology.