Ruffell, Sarah

Ruffell, Sarah

Dr. Sarah Ruffell
Assistant Professor of Biology
Division of Biological and Health Sciences


Contact Information:

ruffell@pitt.edu

814-362-7562
203C Fisher Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. Biology, University of Waterloo, Canada 2017
B.S. Biology, Honors, University of Waterloo, Canada 2011

Academic Focus:

Industrial applications of microbial metabolites

 



Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:

Dr. Ruffell's research focuses on the industrial applications of microbial metabolites. Through this research they have established suitable algal species as aquaculture feeds (rich in omega-3s), naturally synthesized antibacterial agents, and identified algal species with the ability to remediate the Alberta oil sands tailings ponds.

Select Publications:

  • Ruffell, S. E., Packull-McCormick, S. R., McConkey, B. J., & Müller, K. M. (2017). Nutritional characteristics of the potential aquaculture feed species Boekelovia hooglandii. Aquaculture, 474, 113-120. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.03.028
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  • Ruffell, S. E., Frank, R. A., Woodworth, A. P., Bragg, L. M., Bauer, A. E., Deeth, L. E., Müller, K. M., Farwell, A. J., Dixon, D. G., Servos, M. R., & McConkey, M. R. (2016). Assessing the bioremediation potential of algal species indigenous to oil sands process-affected waters on mixtures of oil sands acid extractable organics. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 133, 373-380. doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2016. 07.034

  • Ruffell, S. E., Müller, K. M., & McConkey, B. J. (2015). Comparative assessment of microalgal fatty acids as topical antibiotics. Journal of Applied Phycology, 28, 1695-1704. doi:10.1007/s10811-015-0692-4