Alexander appointed director of integrative biosciences Ph.D. program


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 10, 2011) — Deloris Alexander has been appointed director of the integrative biosciences Ph.D. program at Tuskegee University. She has served as the associate director of the program since it was launched in 2005. She assumes the lead position formerly held by Luther S. Williams, who is provost, vice president for academic affairs, and dean of graduate studies and research.

Alexander is an assistant professor with joint appointments in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the Department of Pathobiology. In addition to being professor of record for all IBS courses, Alexander has an active research lab, which focuses on the effects of host genetics and microbial perturbations on disease susceptibility.

Alexander, a native of Tuskegee, holds degrees in biology, environmental sciences and biomedical sciences from Alabama State University, Tuskegee, and Meharry Medical College, respectively. She also completed post-doctoral research in Cancer Genetics at the Lineberger Cancer Center/University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

The integrative biosciences Ph.D. program was started by Tsegaye Habtemariam, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health; Walter Hill, dean of the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences; Walter Bowie and Walter Sapp. The program was approved by the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees in 2005.

The mission of the IBS Ph.D. program is to produce world-class science leaders who are not only deeply trained in their research disciplines but broadly equipped to work in research teams, willing to explore unique approaches to solving complex biosciences problems, and who are comfortable integrating different research techniques from across the research and education spectrum, in order to advance science knowledge.  IBS graduates are poised to establish new research paradigms and to create new ways of applying the scientific method to improve the standard of living for all people and to heal the world.

Since its first class in 2006, the IBS PhD Program has matriculated more than 24 students and has produced six Ph.D. graduates, with four more expected to graduate in May 2012.  IBS fellows have concurrently earned more than five master’s degrees in various disciplines.  Students in IBS have interned at such prestigious places as the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University of Pittsburgh, Emory University, and Teagasc Food Research Centre in Carlow, Ireland.

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