Michelle Kanther, PhD | PCOM Department of Bio-Medical Sciences
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Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Kanther is a dedicated teacher who takes a student-centered approach and strives to create an inclusive classroom where students can excel and meet their fullest potential. Dr. Kanther has previous teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of the Sciences and Bryn Mawr College. She is committed to utilizing her teaching experience to contribute to courses in the osteopathic medicine and biomedical sciences programs.


  • BS, Biology, Dickinson College
  • PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Postdoctoral training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania


  • Participate in DO courses for first and second year medical students
  • Participate in MS in Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program


Kanther M, Alexandra Scalici, Azman Rashid, Kelly Miao, Ella Van Deventer and Fisher S. (2019). Initiation and early growth of the skull vault in zebrafish. Mechanisms of Development. 160:103578.

Kanther, M, Tomkovich, S, Sun, X, Grosser, M, Koo, Jaseol, Jobin, C, Rawls, JF. (2014). Commensal microbiota stimulates systemic neutrophil migration through induction of Serum amyloid A and downstream activation of NF- κB. Cellular Microbiology. 16(7):1053-67.

Kanther M, Sun, X, Mühlbauer, M, Mackey, L, Flynn III, E, Bagnat, M, Jobin, C, and Rawls JF. (2011). Microbial colonization induces dynamic temporal and spatial patterns of NF-κB activation in the zebrafish digestive tract. Gastroenterology. 141(1): 197-207.

Kanther M, and Rawls JF. (2010). Host-microbe interactions in the developing zebrafish. Current Opinion in Immunology. 22: 10-19.

Camp JG*, Kanther M*, Semova I*, Rawls JF. (2009). Patterns and scales in gastrointestinal microbial ecology. Gastroenterology. 136(6): 1989-2002. (*these authors contributed equally)

Pham LN, Kanther M, Semova I, and Rawls JF. (2008). Methods in gnotobiotic zebrafish husbandry. Nature Protocols. 3(12): 1862- 1875.