Student Corner: Sue Ellen Crawford
Oct. 1, 2011
Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
After working at BCM for 27 years, Sue Ellen Crawford applied and was accepted into the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in the department of molecular virology and microbiology in the fall of 2008.
Although she wanted to attend graduate school for many years, she was not able to do so because of family and financial responsibilities. With her degree, she hopes to advance her career in academia and enhance her ability to conduct and promote important research. She would ultimately like to have her own research laboratory in a university or medical center setting.
In her lab, Crawford studies two viruses that cause gastroenteritis – rotavirus and norovirus. Her project involves discovering how rotavirus takes over cellular pathways.
Crawford received a third place poster award and a second place oral presentation award at the 2010 Graduate Student Symposium and the 2010 Molecular Virology and Microbiology Retreat, respectively. In 2010, she also received the Kelly K. Woodard Award for Outstanding Achievement in scientific scholarship, research and leadership.
She is an author on 52 publications, including four first-author publications.
Outside of her work at BCM, Crawford is actively involved in an organization called Operation Graduation for the Oak Ridge and Woodlands communities. This organization provides a substance-free lock-in graduation night to ensure the safety of graduating seniors.
Crawford has been married for 30 years and has two sons.