Dr. Sarah Reid-Yu

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4261

Email: sreid-yu@redeemer.ca

Office: 221H

Department: Health Sciences


Ph.D. (2014), Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Dissertation Title: Interferon-gamma Mediated Host Responses to Citrobacter rodentium

M.Sc. (2006), Applied Molecular Biology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Catonsville MD

B. Sc. (2005), Honors Cum Laude, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Catonsville MD


  • Being and Knowing in the Digital Age (CTS-110)
  • Determinants of Health (HSC-221)
  • Principles of Epidemiology (HSC-301)
  • Inquiry of Issues in Health (HSC-342)
  • Internship (HSC-480)
  • Independent Research Project (HSC-490)
  • Foundations of Human Anatomy II (KPE-119)
  • Genetics (BIO-261)
  • Microbiology (BIO-351)
  • Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BIO-463)


With the growing concern over the increasing prevalence of “super bugs”, Dr. Reid-Yu is interested in understanding how bacterial pathogens develop antibiotic resistance. In particular, how resistance is cultivated by these pathogens on a genetic level, as well as the potential implications these genetic changes may have for resistance to not only antibiotics, but also the host’s own anti-bacterial arsenal. For it is through understanding the genetic mechanisms behind pathogens’ resistance that potential alternative therapies can be developed.

Research Interests

Refereed Publications

Falconer S, Reid-Yu SA, King AM, Gehrke S, Wang W, Britten J, Coombes BK, Wright GD, and Brown E. “Zinc chelation by a small-molecule adjuvant potentiates meropenem activity in vivo against NDM-1-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae.” Accepted in ACS Infectious Diseases, May 2015.

Karimi K, Karimi Y, Chan J, Boudreau JE, Basset J, Chew MV, Reid S, Bramson JL, Wan Y, and Ashkar AA. 2015. “Type I IFN signaling on dendritic cells is required for NK cell-mediated anti-tumor immunity.” Innate Immunity. Ahead of print.

Reid-Yu SA, Tuinema BR, Small CL, Xing L, and Coombes BK. 2015. “CXCL9, a potential potent antimicrobial in C. rodentium infections.” PLoS Pathogens. 11(2):e1004648.