Susan T. Hingley, PhD | Biomedical Sciences | PCOM Faculty
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Interim Chair of the Department of Bio-Medical Sciences
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Hingley is a professor of microbiology with the Department of Bio-Medical Sciences. She teaches basic science lectures in virology, bacteriology and mycology for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program and the Master's in Biomedical Sciences program. Dr. Hingley is co-course director for the Reproductive Genitourinary and Obstetrics/Gynecologic Medicine (RGU/OB-GYN) course in the DO program. In addition, Dr. Hingley has developed case scenario exercises to supplement microbiology lecture material for the DO program.


  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Virology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Microbiology, Hahnemann University School of Medicine
  • PhD, Microbiology, Temple University School of Medicine, 1987


Participate in DO courses:

  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Renal and Pulmonary Medicine
  • Gastroenterological Sciences
  • Reproductive Genitourinary and Obstetrics/Gynecologic Medicine (Co-director)
  • Musculoskeletal Skin
  • Clinical and Basic Neuroscience
  • Life Stages: Clinical Geriatrics and Pediatrics

Participate in Masters in Biomedical Sciences course – The Infectious Process


Dr. Hingley’s research is a collaborative study with Drs. Appelt, Little and Balin that examines a possible role for infectious agents in triggering Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Hingley’s primary involvement is to investigate consequences of Herpes simplex virus type 1 and Chlamydia pneumoniae infection of astrocytes, either as single or dual infections. Specifically, Dr. Hingley examines the ability of one pathogen to enhance or inhibit infectivity of the second pathogen in astrocyte coinfections, as well as the effects of the two pathogens, either alone or together, on the processing of amyloid precursor protein by infected astrocytes.


  • American Society of Virology
  • American Society of Microbiology 


2007-2008 – CCDA Pilot Research Project: Development of a real-time PCR assay for the investigation of viral entry mechanisms

2008-2011 – Health Research Formula Fund: Entry Mechanisms of Mouse Hepatitis Virus, an animal model for multiple sclerosis

2010-2011 – CCDA Pilot Research Project: Changes in expression of genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease and β-amyloid processing due to infection of neuronal cells by Chlamydia pneumoniae and/or herpes simplex virus type 1



  • Research Committee (1994 – 1999; Chair, 1996-1999; 2003-2009)
  • IRB (1996 to present; Vice Chair as of 2013)
  • Faculty Senate, Secretary (1998-1999)
  • Admissions committee (2007-2013)
  • Academic Appeals Committee (2012 to present)
  • Member of Self Study Steering Committee for Accreditation (2012-2013)
  • Member of Self Study Committee on Organization, Administration and Leadership (2012-2013)
  • Member of Curriculum Committee (2016 to present)