Rachel Zufferey

Rachel Zufferey

St. John's University
Education Background

1992 BS/MS in biochemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, CH

1997 Ph.D. in microbiology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, CH

1997-2000 Postdoctoral training in parasitology, Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA

Teaching Background 

5/2012-present Associate professor of biology; St John’s University, Jamaica, NY, USA 

8/2012-present Editor of International Scholarly Research Notices (ISRN; Parasitology section)

6/2016-present Editor of Scientific Report, Springer Nature   

5/2014-6/2016 Director of graduate studies in biology at St John’s University    

1/2009-4/2012 Assistant professor of biology; St John’s University, Jamaica, NY, USA

9/2005-12/2008   Assistant professor of biochemistry; Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA

1/2001-9/2005     Research instructor; University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA.

11/1997-12/2000  Postdoctoral fellow; Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO, USA.

1/1993-9/1997      Graduate student/teaching assistant; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland.  

Research Field


1. Zufferey, R. Targeting ether lipid metabolism for anti-leishmanial chemotherapy. J. of Bacteriol. & Parasitol. Volume 8, Issue 3 (Suppl), p. 32, 2017, https://www.omicsonline.org/proceedings/targeting-ether-lipid-metabolism-for-antileishmanial-chemotherapy-68558.html 

2. Biagiotti, M., Dominguez, S., Yamout, N. and Zufferey, R. Lipidomics and anti-trypanosomatid chemotherapy. Clin. Transl. Med. 6(1):27, Springer, 2017, https://clintransmed.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40169-017-0160-7  

3. Lee, S., Cheung-See-Kit, M., Williams, T.A., Yamout, N. and Zufferey, R. The glycosomal alkyl-dihydroxyacetonephosphate synthase TbADS is essential for the synthesis of ether glycerophospholipids in procyclic trypanosomes. Exp. Parasitol. 185:1-78, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exppara.2018.01.014  


1. Preisig, O., Anthamatten-Nellen, D. Thoeny-Meyer, L., Beck, C., Zufferey, R. and Hennecke, H. Genetic and preliminary biochemical characterization of a novel member of the bacterial heme-copper cytochrome oxidase superfamily. Biological Chemistry Hoppe-Seyler 374:821, 1993.  

2. Thöny-Meyer, L., Preisig, O., Zufferey, R. and Hennecke, H. The role of a microaerobically induced cb-type cytochrome oxidase in symbiotic nitrogen fixation. In: Nitrogen Fixation: Fundamentals and Applications; eds. Tikhonovitch, I.A., Romanov, V.I., Provorov, N.A. and Newton, W.E; Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp 383-388, 1995. 

3.  Hennecke, H., Babst, M., Fischer, H.M., Kaspar, T., Kullik, I., Nellen-Anthamatten, D., Preisig, O., Rossi, P., Schneider, K., Thöny-Meyer, L. and Zufferey, R. Genetic regulation and bioenergetics of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in Bradyrhizobium japonicum. In: Biological fixation of nitrogen for ecology and sustainable agriculture; NATO ASI Subseries “Ecological Sciences”; eds. Legocki, A. and Bothe, H.; Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 233-236, 1997.