Dr. Burnham teaches in the basic science department at UWS. She earned her PhD in molecular microbiology in 1998 and completed a post doctoral fellowship at the Ohio State University in 2002. She joined the faculty of UWS in 2005. Dr. Burnham teaches immunology, microbiology and public health. She became chair of the department in 2013. Dr. Burnham serves as the faculty advisor to the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) student group. When not at UWS Dr. Burnham can be found hanging out with her partner Erin and their two children, Addie and Zach.