Sally Molloy


  • Colby College, 1997, Biology and German, BA
  • University of Maine 2007, Microbiology Ph.D.


Dr. Molloy is an Associate Professor of Genomics in the department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences and in the Honors College. She grew up in Maine and received her BA in Biology and German at Colby College and her Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Maine. Dr. Molloy has an integrated teaching and research program in which she guides undergraduate and graduate students in bacteriophage research. She is the director of the UMaine SEA-PHAGES program, a year-long research course designed to give first-year students authentic research experiences in bacteriophage biology. Dr. Molloy’s research program focuses on interactions of prophages, integrated viral genomes, in pathogenic mycobacteria and how these viruses impact mycobacterial gene expression, virulence and antibiotic resistance.

Selected Publications

  • Cushman, J., Freeman, E., McCallister, S., Schumann, A., Hutchison, K.W. and Molloy, S.D., 2021. Increased whiB7 expression and antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium chelonae carrying two prophages. BMC microbiology, 21(1), pp.1-20.
  • Cote, J., Welch, C., Kimble, M., Archambault, D., Ross, J.C., Orellana, H., Amero, K., Bourett, C., Daigle, A., Hutchison, K.W. and Molloy, S.D., 2022. Characterization of the cluster MabR prophages of Mycobacterium abscessus and Mycobacterium chelonae. G3, 12(9), p.jkac188.