Dawn Foster-Hartnett, PhD

Dawn Foster-Hartnett

Contact Info

[email protected]

Mailing Address:
204 Veterinary Science Building
1971 Commonwealth Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

PhD, Washington University

BA, St. Olaf College


Dawn has over 20 years of experience conducting microbiology/genomics research, writing scientific papers and curriculum, and teaching undergraduates. Currently, she is co-course coordinator for VBS 2032 (General Microbiology), which enrolls over 350 students each year during fall, spring and summer sessions. She also co-teaches lab sections for this class and is an instructor for CVM 6925 (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory). Along with Tim Johnson, Pat Goodman, Jim Johnson and Christine Salomon (UMN Center for Drug Design), Dawn will teach a new course in the Grand Challenges Curriculum, “Antibiotic resistance: how can we avoid the apocalypse?”. Her current research focuses on developing Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) for VBS and GCC classes where students can be actively involved in authentic research programs connected with VBS and other faculty as part of their course learning experiences.



  • VBS 2032 General Microbiology, co-course coordinator, instructor
  • CVM 6925 Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory, instructor
  • GCC 3016 Antibiotic Resistance: How can we Avoid the Apocalypse?, instructor