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Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology, University of Mississippi Medical Center (1984)

Bachelor’s in Zoology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979)

 

Most Recent Courses Taught

BIOL 4279 & BIOL 5279 Neurobiology

BIOL 6000 & BIOL 8000 Careers in Bioscience: Professional Development and Responsible Conduct

BIOL 4258 & BIOL 5258 Epidemics and Plagues

BIOL 4265 & BIOL 5265 Drugs: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms

BIOL 4601 Honors Seminar


Professional Experience

1984 – 1985 McLaughlin Postdoctoral Fellowship, UTMB, Galveston, Texas

1985 – 1986 Research Assistant Professor, Dept. Micro.& Immuno., UTMB-Galveston

1986 – 1990 Assistant Professor, Dept. Physiology, University of Alabama-Birmingham

1986 – 1990 Associate Scientist Cancer Center, University of Alabama-Birmingham

1989 – 1990 Associate Scientist, Univ.of Alabama-Birmingham Center for AIDS Research

1990 – 1992 Assistant Professor, Dept. Micro. & Immuno., Tulane University Medical Center

1992-1997 Associate Professor, Dept. Micro. & Immuno., Tulane University Medical Center

1993-1998 Contributing Member, Tulane Cancer Center, Tulane Medical Center

1997-1998 Professor, Dept. Micro. & Immuno. Tulane University Medical Center

1998-Present Belk Distinguished Professor, Dept. Biology, UNC Charlotte

2005-Present, Director of Research SoyMeds, Inc.

 

Honors, Awards and Memberships

Honors and Awards: Sigma XI Research Award 1983, UMMC; McCluskey Research Award 1983, South Central Branch Meeting of the ASM; Recipient of a James W. McLaughlin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 1984, UTMB; James W. McLaughlin Postdoctoral Research Award 1985, UTMB; Tulane Medical Students Owl Club Award for excellence in teaching Medical Immunology, 1992, 1995 and 1997; First Citizen’s Award for Outstanding Researcher, UNC-Charlotte, 2007; Winner of North Carolina Technology Association 21 Award for a Life Sciences Company, 2011.

Editorial Board Memberships: Infection & Immunity 1995-present; Associate Editor 1995-1996, then Section Editor 1996-1998, Journal of Immunology; Managing Editor, Frontiers in Bioscience, 2004-present.

NIH Study Section Assignments: NIAID, 2 SEPs, 1993; Member, Neurological Sciences-3 Study Section, 1995-1998; MIDRC, Ad Hoc, 1996;  NLS-3 SEP, 1997; NIDDK Site Visit, 1997; NIAID SEP, 1998; Chairman, BDCN-4 SEP, 2000; Member, Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuroscience-4 Study Section, 1998-2003;  Member, Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumors Study Section, 2003-2005;  AdHoc Member, Vaccines against Microbial Diseases Study Section, 2006-2007; Ad Hoc Member, Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumors Study Section, 2007-2008;  Chairman, Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumors Study Section, 2008-2010;  Member, Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumors Study Section, 2010-2012; Member CSR/BDCN Ranking Pilot Study, 2013.

Memberships: American Association of Immunologists, Society for Mucosal Immunology.

 

Past and Current Ph.D. & Master’s Students

  • Adam Elhofy, Ph.D. 2000
  • James Peacock, Ph.D. 2000
  • Sherine Elsawa, Ph.D. 2003
  • Tian Lin, Ph.D. 2005
  • Nancy Gasper, Ph.D. 2006
  • Judy Oakes, Ph.D. 2008
  • Sam Singh, M.S. 2008
  • Rebecca Powell, Ph.D. 2010
  • Kevin Lambirth, Ph.D. Student 2011 to present


Past Post-graduate Fellows

  • David W. Pascual, Ph.D., 1987-1990.
  • Benjamin L. Clarke, Ph.D., 1988-1990.
  • Sam Bieligk, M.D., 1993-1995.
  • Tammy Kincy-Cain, Ph.D., 1995-1996.
  • Ian Marriott, Ph.D., 1996-1998.
  • Christal C. Bowman, Ph.D. 2000-2004.
  • Renu Garg, Ph.D. 2006-2008
  • Laura Hudson, Ph.D. 2009-2010
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