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 4279L Neurobiology Laboratory
BIOL 6260 & BIOL 8260 Careers in Bioscience: Professional Development and Responsible Conduct
BIOL 4258 & BIOL 5258 Epidemics and Plagues
BIOL 4265 & BIOL 5265 Drugs: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms
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. Biological Sciences, 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. 2015
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