Dr. Darcy Medica is the director of Academic Affairs at Penn State Schuylkill and an associate professor of biology. She completed her bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University. Her graduate research focused on the ecology and transmission of nematode parasites that impact the health of farmed animals, including horses and sheep. She completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at New York University School of Medicine on the transmission of malarial parasites. Medica joined the faculty at Penn State Schuylkill in 2003 and taught courses in anatomy and physiology for nursing and radiology students and non-major biology courses. Her research focus is on the transmission of disease-causing organisms and the biology of mosquitoes, and she has collaborated with many undergraduate students in her research projects.
Medica was appointed director of Academic Affairs in 2016, after serving as interim director of Academic Affairs since 2014. Medica also served as interim Chancellor from 2017 until January 2019, when she returned to the role of director of Academic Affairs.
- Disease transmission ecology
- West Nile virus
- Mosquito biology
B.S. Animal Sciences. Cook College, Rutgers University
M.S. Animal Sciences. Rutgers Graduate School. New Brunswick
Ph.D. Animal Sciences. Rutgers Graduate School. New Brunswick
NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Medical and Molecular Parasitology, New York University School of Medicine