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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Office Staff

Ethel White

Business Services Coordinator
(252) 744-2678

Brenda Smith

Administrative Support Specialist
(252) 744-2675

Professional Research Staff

Kristen Register Carraway
  • Grew up in Kinston, NC but moved to Winterville from Swansboro, NC.
  • Campbell University for Biology and ECU for Teaching
  • Research Focus: (Dr. Mansfield's Lab)
Jianming Chen
  • Research Focus: (Dr. Bridges' Lab)
Amanda Fisher
  • Born Potsdam, NY and raised in San Antonio, TX
  • B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin in Neurobiology
  • Research Focus: Regulation of Striated and Smooth Muscle Contraction (Dr. Chalovich's Lab)
Kristen Hall
  • Born and raised in Kinston, NC.
  • Received a BS in Biology from East Carolina University.
  • Research Focus: (Dr. Schwalbe's Lab)
Frances Leach
  • Raised in Biscoe, NC
  • B.S. and M.S. in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University
  • Research Focus: mRNA Translational Control in Embryos and Tumors (Dr. Keiper's Lab)
Mark Metcalf
  • Born and raised in Western NC
  • M.S. in Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry, East Carolina University (2010) & B.S. in Biology, Wake Forest University (2007)
  • Research Focus: Gene regulation and fat metabolism (Dr. Tonya Zeczycki's Lab)
Patti Shaver
  • Born Columbia, SC
  • B.S. in English with a minor in Biology from East Carolina University
  • Research Focus: Research Focus: Regulation of growth hormone expression and GH receptor signal transduction and the effects of growth hormone on tumorigensis (Dr. Shewchuk's Lab)
Mark Strausbauch
  • Born and raised in Greenville, NC
  • B.S. in Marine Biology from UNC at Wilmington (2000) & NC Teaching Certificate for 9th-12th grade science from UNC at Wilmington (2002)
  • Research Focus: Mechanisms of Intiation and elongation/translocation & Molecular Mechanism for the Fidelity of Transcription as Catalyzed by E. coli RNA polymerase (Dr. Johnson's Lab)
Jarrett Whelan
  • Born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC
  • B.S. in Biology from Coastal Carolina University
  • Ph.D. Microbiology & Immunology from East Carolina University
  • Teaching Experience: ECU, Biology
  • Adjunct Instructor: SoDM, ECU: Immune System; Infectious Disease
  • Research Focus: (Dr. Shaikh's Lab)
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Message from the Chair:

Phillip Pekala, PhD “In recent years we have seen exciting changes in our understanding of teaching methods that both stimulate and motivate the researcher. Our PhD program is designed to support our students as they progress toward a career in science.”

Please use our website to learn more about our program. Feel free to contact Dr. Phillip Pekala or Dr. Brett Keiper, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Committee Chairman to see if you have what it takes to shape the future in a positive manner.


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