As an undergraduate, Dr. Sullivan participated in several research projects at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, studying the molecular basis of human diseases. Dr. Sullivan isolated several exons of the genes responsible for expression of the enzymes in human liver cells. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Sullivan studied mechanisms for gene expression through genetic components isolated from herpes virus constructs.
Dr. Sullivan worked as the Director of Research and Development at Nunc, Inc., developing products for life science research, pharmaceutical development and diagnostics. She also developed and directed the technical support organization, developing and teaching training programs for sales and marketing as well as technical training for scientists, health care professional and engineers. At Abbott Laboratories' Diagnostic Division, she worked for General Physics Corp. developing training programs for scientists and engineers involved in diagnostic test research, development and manufacturing.
Dr. Sullivan joined NUHS in 2005 to focus on her interest in education and teaching. her research interests continue in the area of the molecular basis of inherited metabolic and immune disorders. She currently is the Program Manager for the Curriculum Development for Evidence Based practice grant.