Lee Abrahamsen – Microbiology

Bacteriology and Virology

Professor Abrahamsen’s research centers around the human herpesviruses and their interactions with their host cells. Her work has included studies of the effects of environmental chemicals on virus replication in vitro, changes in host cell lipid synthesis caused by infection with different herpesviruses and the effects of endogenous growth factors on cytomegalovirus virus replication and possible correlations between these factors and the development of atherosclerosis in vivo.

Selected Publications

Abrahamsen, L.H., M. Clay, J.M. Lyle, J.M. Zink, L. Fredrikson, A.J. DeSiervo, and M. Jerkofsky. 1996. The Effects of Cytomegalovirus Infection on Polar Lipids and Neutral Lipids in Cultured Human Cells. Intervirology 39:223-229

Cole, A., and L. Abrahamsen. 2002. A Junior/Senior Health Professions Workshop. The Advisor  22(4):55

Abrahamsen, L. 2004. Learning Partnerships Between Undergraduate Biology Students and Younger Learners. Microbiology Education 5:21-29

Abrahamsen, L. 2004. Service Learning in the Undergraduate Science Curriculum: Partnering College Students with High School and Middle School Classes. Focus on Microbiology Education Winter  10(2):4-5

Selected Mentored Theses

Amy Destefanis (2011) Risk Factors for and Prevalence of Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in Students at Bates College.

Sam Cory (2011) The in vitro Effects of Hyperbaric Hyperoxia on Chronic Wound Biofilms.

Emily Grant (2009 ) Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Horses at Several Farms near Lewiston, Maine.

Irene Wood (2008) Creating a HPV Educational Protocol for Young Women at the Transitional Living Program of New Beginnings.