Stephanie Swedik, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor



  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Wake Forest University
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Virology, Case Western Reserve University, 2022
  • B.S. in Microbiology, Miami University, 2016

Inspired at an early age after reading the book The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, Stephanie Swedik has spent much of her scientific career studying viruses and the immune system. Before teaching Genetics and Microbiology at Hiram College, she worked on designing an influenza vaccine that would be safe and effective in infants under the age of 6 months – a particularly vulnerable population when it comes to the seasonal flu.

  • Crofts, KF; Page, CL; Swedik, SM; Holbrook, BC; Meyers, AK; Zhu, X; Parsonage, D; Westcott, MM; Alexander-Miller, MA. An analysis of linker-dependent effects on APC activation and in vivo immunogenicity of an R848-conjugated influenza vaccine. Vaccines, 2023. 11(7), 1261; DOI: 10.3390/vaccines11071261
  • Swedik, SM., Madola, A., Cruz, MA., Llorens-Bonilla, BJ., Levine AD., Th17-derived cytokines synergistically enhance IL-17C production by the colonic epithelium. J Immunol, 2022 Nov 1;202(9):1768-1777. DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.2200125
  • Swedik, S., Madola, A., and Levine, A. IL-17C in human mucosal immunity: More than just a middle child. Cytokine, 2021. 146: p. 155641. DOI: 10.1016/j.cyto.2021.155641
  • Kafle, CM., Anderson, AY., Prakash, A., Swedik, S., Bridge, E. An Adenovirus early region 4 deletion mutant induces G2/M arrest via ATM activation and reduces expression of the mitotic marker phosphorylated (ser10) histone 3. Virology, 2021. DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2021.09.006

  • Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Human Genetics
  • Immunology

Research & Outside of HIram

Since starting at Hiram, Stephanie has begun research with the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station using genetic-based analyses to investigate Ophidiomycosis (snake fungal disease) within the native snake population.

Current Research Assistants
  • Jillian Moore

Fun Facts

  • In addition to her love for science, Dr. Swedik also plays viola with the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra and helps to facilitate the string ensemble here at Hiram College!
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