Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo School of Med (1993)
M.A., SUNY Buffalo School of Med (1991)
B.S., Lemoyne College (1988)
Professor Foster's interest in understanding how bacteria, relatively “simple” organisms, are able to wreak such havoc in the human host was sparked while an undergraduate at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. Once in graduate school at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, she fully dedicated herself to the study of infectious diseases. Upon completion of her doctorate, she received a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health for her research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. While working at Washington University, Foster took an opportunity to teach an undergraduate laboratory course; an experience which solidified her career goals. "I want to share my passion for understanding how bacteria interact with human hosts with my students. I have been able to accomplish this goal at Trinity College through a research program that fully involves undergraduate students and in my classroom." In the lab, Foster fully involves her students in her research. They work side by side at the bench and together design experiments, interpret data, and present their work to the larger scientific community. Many of Foster's students have pursued graduate or medical school after graduating from Trinity.