Gail Gasparich came to Towson University in 1996 as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences and currently holds the position of Associate Dean of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics. In 2005 she was appointed as the Tigers' Faculty Representative.
Dr. Gasparich is also serving a four-year term on the NCAA's Division I Awards, Benefits, Expenses and Financial Aid Cabinet that will expire in 2015.
Her research focus has been on microorganisms of the genus Spiroplasma, as well as population genetics of a local fish (blacknose dace). She has been a firm supporter of both graduate and undergraduate research, having mentored seven graduate and more than 70 undergraduate students. Dr. Gasparich has published 39 peer-reviewed journal articles and four invited review articles (many with Towson students as author or coauthor). She has obtained 23 extramural research and training grants totaling over $3M from NSF, NIH, the MD State Department of Education and the USM. Nationally (and internationally), Dr. Gasparich serves as a Councilor for the National Board of AWIS, and has served as Division Chair for the American Society of Microbiology, a member of the Diversity Committee of Sigma Xi, and is currently a member of the travel award committee of the International Organization of Mycoplasmology.
Dr. Gasparich received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from The College of William and Mary where she played lacrosse as an undergraduate. She earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture prior to accepting the position at Towson University.