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Sarah S. Garber, PhD

Sarah S. Garber, PhD
Director of Interprofessional Studies, Professor

Sarah Garber, PhD, Director of Interprofessional Studies, and Professor, was appointed April 1, 2010 in the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Garber received her Bachelor‘s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Barnard College and her PhD in Biochemistry from Brandeis University. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, she joined the Physiology and Biophysics faculty at University of Alabama as a Research Instructor in 1990 and then as Associate Scientist in the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center. In 1992 she moved to the Medical School of Pennsylvania. She came to RFUMS in 1999 as a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the Medical School. Dr. Garber maintained an NIH funded research program focusing on ion channel physiology and cellular volume regulation for over 15 years. She joined the Department of Interprofessional Healthcare Studies in the College of Health Professions in 2005, where she became involved in curriculum, assessment and program development, and was promoted to full Professor in 2008. She served as Principal Senator of the University Faculty Senate from 2006-2008 and received the Excellence in Service to the University Award in 2011. She continues to be very active in University committees and community and retains faculty appointments in all schools of the University. She was most recently appointed as Faculty Representative to the RFUMS Board of Trustees in 2015. Dr. Garber is committed to promoting interprofessional student and faculty involvement in biomedical research, scholarship, education and assessment.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Fundamentals of Physiology I
  • Fundamentals of Physiology II


Dr. Garber maintained an extramurally funded research program focusing on cellular volume regulation for over 15 years and participated in a multidisciplinary research project addressing body image and eating attitudes. She is committed to promoting interdisciplinary student involvement in biomedical research and education and is currently pursuing scholarship opportunities in the field of interprofessional health care studies and program assessment.


  1. Hubert MD, Indyk E, Pena-Rasgado C, S.K. P, Rasgado-Flores H, Garber SS. Effect of extracellular glucose and K+ on intracellular osmolytes and volume in a human kidney cell line. Front Biosci 2007;12:4352-61.
  2. Garber SS, Messerli M, Hubert MD, Hammer K, Indyk E, Smith PJS. Monitoring Cl- movement in Single Cells Exposed to Hypotonic Solution. J Memb Biol 2005;203:101-10.
  3. Hoffman MM, Garber SS. Permeation through volume regulated anion conductance is dependent on ionic composition. J Membr Biol 2004;197:193-202.
  4. Hubert MD, Levitan I, Hoffman MM, Zgraggen M, Hofreiter ME, Garber SS. Modulation of volume regulated anion current by ICln. Biophysica Biochimica Acta 2000;1466:105-14.

Other Interests

Dr. Garber is interested in word and number games, travel, and just about any outdoor activity.