Cheryl Okumura

Assistant Professor, Biology

Dr. Okumura teaches Introduction of Cell and Molecular Biology and Cell Biology.


  • CONTACT: Office: Bioscience 204 Email: okumura@oxy.edu Phone: (323) 259-2698

Education: B.A. Pomona College; Ph.D. UCLA

Okumura's research focuses on host-pathogen interactions.  Specifically, she studies cell biologic responses to infectious bacteria using a variety of molecular and genetic approaches.  Her research examines diverse processes of the host cell such as gene regulation, signal transduction, apoptosis and autophagy in the response to infections produced by the bacterial pathogens Group A Streptococcus and Straphylococcus aureus.