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Dr. Tom Benoit  

Dr. Tom Benoit
Professor of Biology
Director of Institutional Effectiveness 

Teaching Areas:   

  •     General Biology I
  •     Microbiology
  •     Immunology

Research Interests:
    Bacillus spores and oil-digesting
    bacteria from oil seepage sites

Education:
    Ph.D. in Microbiology, Texas Tech University
    M.A. and B.S. in Biology, University of Texas at Arlington


Dr. T.J. Boyle

Dr. Terrence Boyle
Assistant Professor of Biology

Teaching Areas:

  •     General Biology II
  •     Invertebrate Zoology
  •     Aquatic and Marine Ecology
  •     Non-majors Biology

Research Interests:
    Invasive species
    Natural history of crustaceans
    Species diversity, ecology, and distribution

Education:
    Ph.D. in Zoology, Texas A&M University
    M.S. and B.S. in Biology, Tarleton State University
     


Dr. Brant
 

Dr. Joel Brant
Professor of Biology

Teaching Areas:

  •     Environmental Geology
  •     Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
  •     Ecology
  •     Mammalogy

Research Interests:
    Natural history of mammals
    Morphology of heteromyid rodents
    Mammalian fauna of  the Southern Rolling Plains
    & Edwards Plateau

Education:
    Ph.D. in Biology, Texas Tech University
    M.S. in Biology, Angelo State University
    B.S. in Biology, Abilene Christian University

 
Dr. Lee  

Dr. Malaney O'Connell
Assistant Professor of Biology

Teaching Areas:

  •    Cell Biology
  •    Genetics
  •    Molecular Biology

Research Interests:

   Breast Cancer
   Collagen
   Biotechnology

Education:
   Ph.D. in Cancer Cell Biology, UT Medical Branch Galveston
   B.S. in Biochemistry, McMurry University


Dr. Anna Saghatelyan 

Dr. Anna Saghatelyan
Professor of Biology

Teaching Areas:

  •     Non-majors Biology
  •     Botany
  •     Medicinal Plants
  •     Systematics and Geography of Plants

Research Interests:
    Phytogeography
    Analytical floristics
    Flora of Armenia
    Flora of South - West Texas
    Comparative analysis of the flora of South-West
    Texas and Armenia

Education:
    Ph.D. in Biology, Komarov Botanical Institute, Ac.Sc
    USSR, St. Petersburg, Russia
    M.A and B.S. in Biology, Yerevan State University, Armenia


Dr. Sharp
 

Dr. Larry Sharp
Associate Professor of Biology
Chief Health Professions Advisor

Teaching Areas:

  •     Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  •     Human Physiology
  •     Medical Terminology
  •     PREP Health Professions Seminar

Education:
    Doctor of Chiropractic, Parker University
    B.S. in Mathematics, Tarleton State University

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Dr. Wilson
 

Dr. Gary Wilson
Professor of Biology, Department Chair

Teaching Areas:

  •     Microbiology
  •     Scientific Thought
  •     Advanced Microbiology

Research Interests:
    Physiology and ecology of bacterial spores
    Environmental microbiology
    Science Education

Education:
    Ph.D. and M.S. in Microbiology, Texas Tech University
    B.S. in Education, University of Texas at El Paso


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For More Information On Biology Programs Contact

Dr. Larry Sharp, Student Relations
Department of Biology
McMurry University
Abilene, Texas 79697-0368

sharpl@mcmurryadm.mcm.edu