Dr. Philip Kudish joined Swarthmore College in 2006. His activities include teaching, administration and research including mentoring student thesis research in health, environmental and science education. Dr. Kudish is at the forefront of academic support initiatives with roles as the founding coordinator of the college's first peer led team learning (PLTL) program in 2006 (The Science Associates Program) and founding instructor in the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program in 2015. He serves as a thesis advisor for interdisciplinary majors in Biology & Educational Studies and teaches Pedagogical Principles & Practices and team-taught Cellular & Molecular Biology and Organismal & Population Biology laboratory courses. As an administrator, he coordinates student information management including credit and departmental major admissions and serves as liaison to the offices of the Registrar, Dean, Off-Campus Study and Institutional Research.
Before coming to Swarthmore, Dr. Kudish worked for over a decade as a biomedical research scientist in academic, hospital and pharmaceutical laboratories. Working primarily with human and avian viruses, he investigated the molecular attenuation mechanism of a live coronaviral vaccine, characterized drug-resistance mutations in HIV in clinical trials for AIDS patients and engineered retroviral vectors to study basic mechanisms of cancer and development. Inspired by his work with undergraduate researchers and the lecture courses he taught as supplemental faculty at the University of Delaware, he shifted his focus to establishment and evaluation of educational programs, curricula and technologies.