Lafayette Frederick, Ph.D.
Location: Carver Research Foundation, Room 32
Office Phone: 334-727-4353

Biographical Sketch:

Professor Lafayette Frederick received his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee Institute with a major In Technical Agriculture-Horticulture.  Graduate studies were conducted at The University of Hawaii in botany, Rhode Island State College (M.S., in Botany), and Washington State University (Ph. D in Plant Pathology/Botany). He has held academic positions at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Atlanta University (Chair-Dept. of Biology, and Howard University – Chair- Dept. of Botany/Microbiology and acting Dean, College of Liberal Arts. He is a former member and chair of the General Research Program Advisory Committee, Division of Research Resources, National Institutes of Health; Former MARC Program Director; and former chair Biology Achievement Test Development Committee, Educational Testing Service. He is a fellow of AAAS, and Georgia Academy of Science, recipient of the AAAS Mentor Award and the Association.

Research Fields:

  • Mycology - fungal spore development and taxonomy of the myxomycetes.
  • Plant Pathology – biocontrol of fungaldiseases by endophytic bacteria.


  • Dr. Agnes Day, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Howard University
  • Dr. Clarence Lee, Dept. of Biology, Howard University
  • Dr. John Davidson, Chair, Department of Biology, Tuskegee University

Representative Publications:

1. Frederick, L. 1990. Plasmodial Slime Molds. In L. Margulis, J. O. Corliss, M. Melkonian & D, I. Chapman [eds.] Handbook of the Protoctista, Section IV, Chapter 7. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Boston.

2. Frederick, L, W. Lena Austin, Alice Walker, Cecelia Stewart, & monde Imoh. 2011. Observations on wall topography and development in ascospores of the genera Neurospora, Gelasinospora, and Sordaria. Southeastern Biology 58 (1): 41-71.

3. Frederick, L., A. Bolden, A. Frederick & W. Lena Austin. 2005. Effect of antifungal Properties from a dark-pigmented strain of Bacillus mojavensis on spore germination Of selected fungal species. SE Biology 52: 146-147.

4. Perkins, M. W. , S. De, L. Frederick, & S. Dutta. 2005. Ligninolytic mineralization of trinitrotoluene by several white rot basidiomycetes. Bioremediation Journal 9: 77-85.