Biology at Aquinas College

Rebecca Flaherty, Ph.D.

Rebecca Flaherty
Assistant Professor of Biology
(616) 632-2194
AH 258


Dr. Flaherty joined the Aquinas College Biology Department in 2019.  Prior to rejoining the Aquinas community, this Aquinas alumna was a post-doctoral researcher at Michigan State University.  At MSU, Dr. Flaherty studied human cell responses to Group B Streptococcus, which is a bacterial pathogen that causes serious complications during pregnancy as well as in newborn babies. She earned her Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of Notre Dame, where she studied bacterial skin infections caused by Group A Streptococcus.  In addition to her interests in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology, Dr. Flaherty enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, painting, and leisure reading.  




  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • B.S., Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI