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Okafor, Florence, Ph.D (Coordinator, Biology Program)

Professor, Microbiology

   Ph.D. (Medical Microbiology) University of Nigeria

   M.S (Biology) Alabama A&M University

   STAR Fellow (Health Disparities), UNTHSC

   Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Biology/Admin)…UNN

   B.Sc. (Botany) University of Nigeria

 

Current Courses:

Undergraduate

  Microbiology & Lab

  Medical Microbiology & Lab

  Principles of Immunology & Lab

  Environmental Health

  Honors Biology

  Radiation Biology

 

Graduate

  Microbial Physiology

  Principles of Virology

  Graduate Immunology

  Pathogenic Bacteriology

  Current Concepts in Biology

 

Research Interests:

  Nanoparticle Bio-Production, Cytotoxicity & Biosensors,

  Alternate Clean / BioEnergy Production

  Microbial Metabolite Profiling / Bioactive Substances.

  Microbial Biofilms

 

Contact Info:

  Email: florence.okafor@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-4422

  Office: 310 Carter Hall, 210 Carver Complex Annex (Thomas Wing)

 

JeanetteJones.jpg Jones, Jeanette, Ph.D

  (Director, Center for Biomedical, Behavioral and Envir. Health Research)

Professor

  Ph.D  (Botany/Medical Mycology) The Ohio State University,

    Columbus, OH

  M.Sc. (Botany ,Microbiology, Medical Mycology The Ohio State

    University, Columbus, OH

  B.Sc   (Biology Education) Fort Valley State University,

    Fort Valley, GA

 

Current Courses:

Undergraduate

  Biology Internship

  Introduction to Health Careers

  Mycology

  Biological Seminar/Research

 

Graduate (Graduate Studies Coordinator)

  Medical Mycology

  Special Topics

 

Research Interest/Experience:

  The Effects of Chlorination on the Survival of Cells of Candida albicans, an endogenous human pathogen

  The Growth and Morphology of Piedraia hortae/Loculoascomycete

  Isolation and Characterization of Enzymes Produced by Fungi that are Potential Human Pathogens.

  Environmental degradation and decontamination, technologies

  The Effects of Testing Frequency on Learning Biological Concepts.

  STEM Education    

 

Contact Info:

   Email:  Jeanette.jones@aamu.edu

   Office: 

   Phone: 


Qunying Yuan.png Yuan, Qunying Ph.D

Associate Professor

  Ph.D (Pharmacology) University of Cincinnati

  M.D (Medical Science) Jiangxi Medical College, Nanchang University,

    Jiangxi, China

 

Current Courses:

  The Principles of Genetics

  Human Anatomy and Physiology

  Cell Molecular Biology

  Embryology/Developmental Biology

  The Principles of Biology

 

Research Interest:

  The role of calcium cycle in cardiac function

  The role of microbiome in soil and plant health

  Synthetic biology


Contact Info:

  Email: qunying.yuan@aamu.edu

  Office: 307 Carter Hall

  Phone: (256) 372-4241


HopkinsonSampson.jpg Hopkinson, Sampson, Ph.D 

Associate Professor

 

  B.S Tuskegee University

  M.S Tuskegee University

  Ph.D Alabama A&M University


Current Courses: 

Undergraduate

  General Botany

  Cell Biology

  General Biology

  Principles of   Biology

 

Graduate

  Plant Anatomy

 

Research Interests:

  Medicinal properties of Non - Native Plant species, emphasis on anti-diabetic properties

 

Contact Info:

  Email: sampson.hopkinson@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-4914

  Office: 303 Carter Hall

 

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Kennedy, Karen Ph.D (Coordinator, Pre-Professional Health)

Assistant Professor of Biology

  Ph.D Meharry Medical College

  B.S Alabama A&M University

 

Current Courses:

Undergraduate

  Principles of Biology

  Invertebrate Zoology

  Introduction to Health Careers

 

Graduate

  Biological Control

  Biology Seminar


Research Interests:

  Human and Molecular Genetics

 

Contact Info

  Email: karen.kennedy@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-4922

  Office: 312 Carter Hall

   

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Farmer, Tyesha Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Genetics

  Ph.D (Genetics) University of Alabama at Birmingham

  B.S. (Biology) Alabama A&M University

 

Current Courses:

  General Biology & Lab, Principles of Biology & Lab, Principles of Genetics & lab, Cell Biology & Lab, Human Cytogenetics & Its Applications, Molecular Genetics, Advanced Genetics

 

Research Interests:

  Genome copy number variation across populations, hominoid-specific gene regulation, Yeast Biotechnology.


Contact Info

  Email: tyesha.farmer@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-

  Office: 111 Carver Complex Annex Thomas Wing

 

VanterpoolConwin.jpg Vanterpool, Conwin Ph.D

Assistant Professor

  Ph.D (Physiology-specialty Neurophysiology)

 

Current Courses:

Undergraduate

  Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

 

Graduate

  Endocrinology

  Cardiovascular Physiology

  Pharmacology

 

Contact Info

  Email: conwin.vanterpool@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-4922

  Office: 312 Carter Hall

 

London Thomas.jpg London-Thomas, Laricca Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Biology

  Ph.D (Microbiology) Howard University

  M.S (Cancer Biology) University of the District of Columbia

  B.S (Biology) Alabama A&M University

 

Current Courses:

Undergraduate

  Principles of Biology

  Cellular and Molecular Biology & Lab

  Microbiology Lab

 

Graduate

  Parasitology

  Current Concepts in Biology

  Research Methods

 

Research Interest:

  Food Safety- Reduction of foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria

  Pathways that facilitate Escherichia coli (E.coli) ability to adapt to stress and survive in dynamic environments

 Specifically: studying the role of small regulatory RNA molecules in the bacterial envelope stress response - a pathway that is critical in bacterial adaptation ability.

 

Contact Info:

  Email: laricca.Londonthomas@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-8026

  Office: 316 Carter Hall

 

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Holsey, Charles, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Biology
  M.D Meharry Medical College
  Ph.D (Immunology & Microbiology) Medical College of Georgia
  M.S (Cellular & Molecular Biology) Medical College of Georgia
  B.S (Zoology) Fort Valley State University
 
Current Courses:
Undergraduate
  Anatomy & Physiology & Lab
  Comparative Anatomy & Lab
  Invertebrate Zoology & Lab
  Medical Terminology
  General Biology
 
Research Interest:
  The significance of cytoplasmic alkalization (intracellular pH) in Hela Cells infected with attenuated human viruses.
  The identification and actions of new antiviral agents in vitro using Hela Cells and attenuated human viruses.
 
Contact Info:
  Phone: (256) 372-4982
  Office: 210 Carter Hall
 
Reese, Latasha Ph.D

Instructor

  B.S (Biology/Sociology) University of Alabama in Huntsville

  M.S (Physiology) Alabama A & M University

  Ph.D (Educational Leadership) Nova Southeastern University

 

Current Courses:

Undergraduate

  BIO 101L, BIO102 & BIO 102L

 

Research Interest:

  I. Electrophoretic analysis of body fluids.

  II. Successful teaching and Learning Strategies.

  III. Is there a relationship between the alignment between teaching & learning styles and retention of science Students?

 

Contact Info:

  Email: latasha.reese@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-4901

  Office: 204 Carter Hall

 

WileyHenderson.jpg Henderson, Wiley

Adjunct

  B.S (Biology) Alabama A & M University

  M.S (Science Education) Alabama A & M University

 

Research Interest:

  Hypertension

 

Contact Info:

  E-Mail: wiley.henderson@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-4923

  Office: 206 Carter Hall

 

VikerriaRankins.jpg Rankins, Vikerria

Adjunct
  B.S.  (Biology)  Alabama A&M University 
  M.S. (Biology)  Alabama A&M University


Current Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  General Biology and Principles of Biology

 

 

Contact Info:
  Email: vikerria.rankins@aamu.edu

  Phone:

  Office:

 

ErikaBaldwin.jpg Baldwin, Erika

Adjunct

  M.S (Microbiology) Alabama A & M University

  B.S (Biology) Alabama A & M University

 

Current Courses

Undergraduate

  Biology 101 Lab

  Biology 102 Lab   

 

Contact Info:

  E-Mail: erika.baldwin@aamu.edu

  Phone:

  Office:

 

Faith Smith.jpg Smith, Faith

Adjunct

  M.S (Biology) Alabama A&M University

  B.S (Biology) Oakwood University

 

Current Courses:

Undergraduate

  General Biology 101

  General Biology 102

  General Biology Lab 101

  General Biology Lab 102

  Principles of Biology Lab 103

 

Contact Info:

  Email: faithmesmith@gmail.com

  Phone: 

  Office: 


STAFF 

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McCaa-Burke, Petura

Administrative Secretary & Adjunct Instructor

  B.S (Biology)Alabama A&M University

  M.S.(Biology)Alabama A&M University
 

Current Courses Taught:

Undergraduate 

  BIO 101 General Biology

  BIO 101L General Biology Lab

  BIO 103 Principles of Biology

  BIO 103L Principles of Biology Lab

  Online General Biology

  Online General Biology Lab

 


Contact Info:

  Email: petura.mccaa@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-5329

  Office: 309-A Carter Hall

 


 

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Laboratory Manager

  M.S (Biology) Alabama A&M University

  B.S (Biology) Alabama A&M University

 

Contact Info:

  Email: samoun.winston@aamu.edu

  Phone: (256) 372-8257

  Office: