Faculty Bio

Carolyn Mathur, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology


  • 1969, B.A. Biology (cum laude), Millersville University
  • 1973, Ph.D. Microbial Biochemistry (National Defense Education Act fellow), Auburn University


  • Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, 1993-2002
  • Acting Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, York College of Pennsylvania, January –August, 2001
  • Microbiology consultant for Philadelphia Electric Company and for General Public Utilities.


  • Biology of Microorgansims
  • Immunology


  • BRIE (The Biogeochemical Research Initiative for Education) Visiting Research Fellow: Penn State University, 2003-2005
  • API (American Petroleum Institute) Summer Research Fellow: Penn State University: Project: The Role of Mineral Surface Chemistry and Mesoporosity on the Availability of Organic Matter to Microbial Degradation: 2004
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Malta, 1993.
  • ASM (American Society of Microbiology) NSF Scientist-Educator Team Fellow: Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, 1992.
  • NSF (National Science Foundation) Grant - Student originated study entitled "Toxicological Analysis of Silage Using Short-term Microbial and Human Cell Bioassays." 1980

Recent Publications

  • Williams, S. and C. F. Mathur. 2011. Pathogenic Bacteria on Non-clinical Cell Phones. J. PA Acad. Sci. Vol. 84(supp).
  • Wolf, L. and C. F. Mathur. 2011. A Comparison of Canine Parvovirus Infections at Two Pennsylvania Animal Shelters. J. PA Acad. Sci. Vol. 84(supp).
  • Becker, C. E., C. F. Mathur, B. G. Rehnberg. 2010 The effects of chronic exposure to common bedding materials on the metabolic rate and overall health of male CD-1 mice. Journal of applied animal welfare science JAAWS. Vol. 13, Issue 1, p46-55.
  • Luckenbaugh, M. and CF Mathur, 2007, Microbial-community Functional Response to the Effluent from a Wastewater Treatment Facility in York County, PA. J. PA Acad. Sci. Vol. 80(supp).
  • Buss, H. L., Bruns, M. A., Schultz, M. J., Moore, J., Mathur, C. F., Brantley, S. L. 2005 The coupling of biological iron cycling and mineral weathering during saprolite formation, Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico. Geobiology Vol. 3 Issue 4, p247-260.