Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom

Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom

Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology

External Address: 
B238 LSRC Building, Durham, NC 27710
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 3813, Durham, NC 27710


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Georgetown University 1983

Selected Grants

Duke University Noyce Scholarship - Phase II awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2013 to 2020

Pharmacological Sciences Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Participating Faculty Member). 1975 to 2020

Bringing Real Experiments (REX) about Substance Abuse to High School Students awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019

Self-Generated Research Experiences to Support Biomedical/Behavioral Research Careers awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2010 to 2015

Science Education in Health Ed Class: Tobacco and Addiction awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2014

The Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2012

The Robert Noyce Fellows at Duke University awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2009

The Pharmacology Education Partnership awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2008

Transient Cerebral Ischemia & Gaba Neurotransmission awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2006


Blondel, Dimitri V., et al. “Development of an Online Experiment Platform for High School Biology.J Form Des Learn, vol. 3, no. 1, June 2019, pp. 62–81. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s41686-019-00030-5. Full Text

Perez, Tony, et al. “Science expectancy, value, and cost profiles and their proximal and distal relations to undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math persistence.Sci Educ, vol. 103, no. 2, Mar. 2019, pp. 264–86. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/sce.21490. Full Text

Linnenbrink-Garcia, Lisa, et al. “Repairing the Leaky Pipeline: A Motivationally Supportive Intervention to Enhance Persistence in Undergraduate Science Pathways.Contemp Educ Psychol, vol. 53, Apr. 2018, pp. 181–95. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.cedpsych.2018.03.001. Full Text

Lipkus, Isaac M., et al. “A preliminary exploration of college smokers' reactions to nicotine dependence genetic susceptibility feedback.Nicotine Tob Res, vol. 17, no. 3, Mar. 2015, pp. 337–43. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/ntr/ntu155. Full Text

Godin, Elizabeth A., et al. “A Pharmacology-Based Enrichment Program for Undergraduates Promotes Interest in Science.Cbe Life Sci Educ, vol. 14, no. 4, 2015, p. ar40. Pubmed, doi:10.1187/cbe.15-02-0043. Full Text Open Access Copy

Lipkus, Isaac M., et al. “Relationships among factual and perceived knowledge of harms of waterpipe tobacco, perceived risk, and desire to quit among college users.J Health Psychol, vol. 19, no. 12, Dec. 2014, pp. 1525–35. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1359105313494926. Full Text

Godin, Elizabeth A., et al. “Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership: Using Chemistry and Biology Concepts To Educate High School Students about Alcohol.J Chem Educ, vol. 91, no. 2, Feb. 2014, pp. 165–72. Pubmed, doi:10.1021/ed4000958. Full Text

Lipkus, Isaac M., et al. “Affecting perceptions of harm and addiction among college waterpipe tobacco smokers.Nicotine Tob Res, vol. 13, no. 7, July 2011, pp. 599–610. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/ntr/ntr049. Full Text

Schwartz-Bloom, Rochelle D., et al. “Teaching High School Chemistry in the Context of Pharmacology Helps Both Teachers and Students Learn.J Chem Educ, vol. 88, no. 6, June 2011, pp. 744–50. Pubmed, doi:10.1021/ed100097y. Full Text

Shuen, J. A., et al. “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, vol. 17, no. 4, 2011, pp. 295–312.


Godin, E. A., et al. “THE ALCOHOL PHARMACOLOGY EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP: EDUCATING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT ALCOHOL.” Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 36, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2012, pp. 251A-251A.

Schwartz-Bloom, R. D., et al. “Professional development in pharmacology for high school teachers improves their students' scores in biology & chemistry.” Faseb Journal, vol. 20, no. 5, FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL, 2006, pp. A866–A866.