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Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom

Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Professor in Pharmacology & Cancer Biology


Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1983
Contact Info:

B238 LSRC Building, Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-5181

The Schwartz-Bloom laboratory has completed 18 years of research investigating novel pharmacologic approaches to prevent neuronal death caused by cerebral ischemia associated with cardiac arrest and stroke. The group studied how GABA neurotransmission dysfunction contributes to the death of hippocampal neurons after ischemia in vivo or in vitro. Dr. Schwartz-Bloom’s research program continued in the area of science education, which she started in 1996.  Her science education research has included the development of novel science education curricular materials in the area of pharmacology to the K-12 and college community. One of the major programs that she developed is the Pharmacology Education Partnership (, a series of pharmacology- and drug abuse-related science education modules for high school biology and chemistry students. Testing of over 15,000 high school students has revealed that student performance in biology and chemistry improves when they use the pharmacology curriculum developed by her team.  All of Dr. Schwartz-Bloom's science education research activities are found on her website for Raising Interest in Science Education, or RISE  at  

With funds provided by the Duke Provost in 2007, Dr. Schwartz-Bloom also established the Duke Center for Science Education, an umbrella for all Duke-related activities in science education. The Center helps to coordinate Duke faculty and student interests in curriculum development, research, and outreach activities in science education for the K-16 grades.

Curriculum Vitae

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Godin, EA; Kwiek, N; Sikes, SS; Halpin, MJ; Weinbaum, CA; Burgette, LF; Reiter, JP; Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership: Using Chemistry and Biology Concepts To Educate High School Students about Alcohol.." Journal of Chemical Education 91.2 (February, 2014): 165-172. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Lipkus, IM; Eissenberg, T; Schwartz-Bloom, RD; Prokhorov, AV; Levy, J. "Relationships among factual and perceived knowledge of harms of waterpipe tobacco, perceived risk, and desire to quit among college users.." J Health Psychol 19.12 (December, 2014): 1525-1535. [23928987], [doi]  [abs]
  3. Chen, CHJ; Jiang, A; Litkowski, E; Elia, AR; Shuen, JA; Xu, K; Bonhivert, A; Hsu Kim, H; Schwartz Bloom, RD. "Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES): An after-school STEM program for girls that fosters hands-on learning and female to female mentorship." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 17.4 (2011): 313-324. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Shuen, JA; Elia, AR; Xu, K; Chen, CHJ; Jiang, A; Litkowski, E; Bonhivert, A; Hsu Kim, H; Schwartz Bloom, RD. "Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES): One-day mentorship program to engage 4th-6th grade girls in STEM activities." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 17.4 (2011): 295-312. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Kwiek, NC; Halpin, MJ; Reiter, JP; Hoeffler, LA; Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Relevance. Pharmacology in the high-school classroom.." Science 317.5846 (September, 2007): 1871-1872. [17901318], [doi]
  6. RD Schwartz-Bloom and MJ Halpin. "Integration of pharmacology topics into high school biology and chemistry classes improves student performance (2003).." Journal of Research in Science Teaching 40 (): 922-938.

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