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Rita M. Heuertz, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)

Clinical Health Sciences


  • Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, Saint Louis University
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, University of Chicago

Research Interests

  • Dr. Heuertz is a basic science researcher studying the medical importance of bacterial biofilms. Towards this end, she develops assays for biofilm identification, assessment and quantitation and determines effects of nutrients, phytochemicals and innate immune responses on biofilm.

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Academy of Science of St. Louis
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
  • American Association of Immunology
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology
  • Southwestern Association of Clinical Microbiology