Department Staff and Faculty
Randall Harris, Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S. Belmont University, 1986
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1994
Courses taught: General Microbiology, Genetics, Cell Physiology, Applied Microbiology, Diagnostic Bacteriology, Virology, and Medical Terminology.
Interest areas: Microbial molecular genetics and microbiology education.
Tyler W. Hodges, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S. The University of Mississippi, 2000
M.S. The University of Mississippi, 2003
Ph.D. The University of Alabama, 2008
Courses Taught: General Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Genetics, and Biology Capstone.
Interest areas: Production of bioactive molecules by microorganisms, microbial ecology of marine environments, and pharmaceutical delivery systems.
Julie V. May, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S. Louisiana State University, 1995
Ph.D. The University of Southern Mississippi, 2004
Courses Taught: A + P 1 and 2, General Biology, Principals 1, and Biology Capstone.
Interest Areas: The enhancement of cognitive and physiological brain functioning through the use of antioxidants and natural substances.
Thomas J. Rauch III, Chair, Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S. Louisiana State University, 1974
M.S. Louisiana State University, 1994
Ph.D. The University of Southern Mississippi, 2000
Courses taught: Principals 1, Principals 2, Botany, Ecology, Marine Biology, Conservation Biology, Field Biology, Ichthyology, and Herpetology.
Interest areas: The ecology of plants and animals in Mississippi and the behavioral and community ecology of fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Everett A. Roark, Ph.D.
Dr. Roark earned his Bachelors of Science degree in molecular biology from Jackson State University in 1998. After graduation, he worked as a research technician at the University of Chicago where he investigated eukaryotic protein trafficking. Dr. Roark earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Genetics from Northwestern University in 2010.
He has been continuously funded throughout his research career as both a research technician and a graduate student. Dr. Roark has received several awards throughout his career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. Dr. Roark’s research interests include protein trafficking, bacterial pathogenesis, cell physiology, and genetics.
Dr. Roark has taught many classes in the Biology Department, including Genetics, Microbiology, Cell physiology, Graduate Genomics, Bioethics, as well as Medical Embryology and Genetics and Medical Microbiology at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine since he joined in 2010.
Jessica C. Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Taylor earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Exercise Science. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2008. She was continuously funded throughout her graduate studies through a Biomedical Sciences Departmental Fellowship and the University of Missouri Predoctoral Exercise Training Grant. She did postdoctoral training in Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
She has received several awards throughout her career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. Dr. Taylor’s research interests include neural control of the circulation, peripheral arterial disease and exercise physiology.
Marc C. Daniels, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S. Florida State University, 1989
Ph.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1996
Courses taught: A & P 1 and 2, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Evolution & Intelligent Design, Cell Physiology
Interest areas: Molecular Biology and gene expression
Lynn B. Singletary, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S. The University of Southern Mississippi, 1978
M.S. The University of Southern Mississippi, 1981
Courses taught: General Biology, A+P 1 and 2, Genetics, Cell Physiology, and Health Related Professions.