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Phyllis Freeman, PhD

About

Dr Phyllis Freeman is Associate Professor of Biology and Curriculum Coordinator of Biology in the Department of Life and Physical Sciences at Fisk University. Her teaching efforts include interdisciplinary exposure to the sciences and humanities in the core undergraduate curriculum, and in advanced courses in cell biology and genetics. Her efforts also include mentoring undergraduate research in the sciences. Dr. Freeman’s doctoral research focused on the trypanosome parasite endemic to sub-Saharan Africa and South America, Trypanosomacruzi.

As a result of embedding authentic research into her course in Genetics, Dr Freeman became aware of the power of the nematode,  C. elegans,  in revealing developmental pathways that  result in the formation of the central nervous systems and its continuing functions in adult animals, where most of  the molecular pathways have their counterparts in human beings. This awareness led to her receipt of a National Institutes of Health Award to participate as a research collaborator in the laboratory  of Dr Randy Blakely at Vanderbilt University, and then bring back to Fisk her new research program and broad-based collaborations as a venue for undergraduate and graduate research.

As a recipient of the Bush-Hewlett Award from the American Council on Education, Dr Freeman has participated at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, in a focused externship on assessment of academic programs and university governance

Publications

  1. P. Freeman-Junior, P. A. McCarroll, K. McCall, T. Crenshaw, K.A. Mimms, J. Rogers, and W.E. Lu. High Resolution Analysis of Prokaryotic Morphogenetic Responses to Stress Induction Imaged by Atomic Force Microscopy. Beta Kappa Chi Journal, 2006
  2. McCall, K., McCarroll, P., Lu, W.E., and Freeman-Junior, P., Atomic Force Microscope Analysis of Bacillus Stearothermophilus, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, Annual Proceedings of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, 2003

Phyllis Freeman

Phyllis Freeman, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
Discipline Coordinator, Biology

Education
Ph.D. in Molecular Parasitology, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

Contact
306 W.E.B. DuBois Hall

On research leave May 2013 through August 2015 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center