School Staff and Faculty
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Nick Griffis, M.S.
Nick Griffis received his B.S. at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1990, then his M.S. at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993. He teaches courses for the William Carey Biology Department including Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Biology, and Microbiology. He teaches Clinical Anatomy I and II laboratory, and Maintains the Clinical Anatomy laboratory facility for the College of Osteopathic Medicine. His interest areas include Human Anatomy, Immunology, and Microbiology. He joined the WUCCOM team in 2010.
Everett A. Roark, PhD
Dr. Roark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Jackson State. While attending Jackson State he participated in research projects at Jackson State University, the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Chicago and the Mississippi Medical Center. After graduation, Dr. Roark worked as a research technician at the University of Chicago where he investigated eukaryotic protein trafficking. He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Genetics from Northwestern University.
Dr. Roark has been continuously funded throughout his research career as both a research technician and a graduate student. He has received several awards through his career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. His research interests include protein trafficking, bacterial pathogenesis, cell physiology and genetics. Dr. Roark has taught many biology classes including Genetics, Microbiology, Cell physiology, Graduate Genomics, Bioethics, and Histology. He has developed and taught several courses including online and brick & mortar.
Dr. Roark has taught Medical Genetics and Medical Microbiology since joining the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010.
Jessica C. Taylor, PhD
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.