Jeffery R. Merida, Ph.D.
 

Associate Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Chairperson, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor of Biology
UWA Station 7
Bibb Graves 101A
(205) 652-3771
jmerida@uwa.edu

Degrees: Ph.D., Purdue University, 1998
B.A., Talladega College, 1989
Employment Date: Fall 2007
Classes usually taught:

Undergraduate:

  • BY 231 Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • BY 307 Independent Study Cell Culture
  • BY 471 Biochemistry
  • BY 495 Research In Biology

Graduate:

  • BY 571 Biochemistry
  • BY 597 Independent Study Cell Culture
  • BY 598 Selected Topics Advanced Biological Chemistry

 

Committees:
  • NSM Black Blazer
  •  UWA Academic Integrity
  •  UWA Student Affairs
Academic Research Interests:

In our lab, we are primarily interesting in understanding how different food supplements directly affect the growth of cultured cancer cells.  We treat murine (mouse) cells with various substances and determine the effect on the growth of these cells using inverted light microscopy, colorimetric cell viability assays, PCR analysis, etc.

Professional Biography:
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of West Alabama (2014-Present)
  • Associate Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of West Alabama (2013-Present)
  • Chairperson, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of West Alabama (2011-Present)
  • Interim-Chairperson, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of West Alabama (2010-2011)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of West Alabama (2007-2014)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of West Alabama (2004-2007)
  • Adjunct Professor, Alabama Southern Community College (2004-2007)
Presentations at Professional Meetings:
  • Fatimah Alhassan, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  University of West Alabama Undergraduate Research Symposium at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (URS@NSM), March 10, 2015
  • Laila Alonazi, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Orange Extract on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  University of West Alabama Undergraduate Research Symposium at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (URS@NSM), March 10, 2015
  • Laila Ghazwani, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Ganoderma Mushroom Extract on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  University of West Alabama Undergraduate Research Symposium at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (URS@NSM), March 10, 2015
  • Tamara Smoot, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Pomegranate Extract on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  University of West Alabama Undergraduate Research Symposium at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (URS@NSM), March 10, 2015
  • Fatimah Alhassan, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  Alabama State University College of Science, Mathematics and Technology Annual Research Symposium, March 18-19, 2015
  • Laila Alonazi, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Orange Extract on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  Alabama State University College of Science, Mathematics and Technology Annual Research Symposium, March 18-19, 2015
  • Laila Ghazwani, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Ganoderma Mushroom Extract on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  Alabama State University College of Science, Mathematics and Technology Annual Research Symposium, March 18-19, 2015
  • Tamara Smoot, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Pomegranate Extract on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  Alabama State University College of Science, Mathematics and Technology Annual Research Symposium, March 18-19, 2015
  • Fatimah Alhassan, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  Alabama Academy of Science (AAS) Annual Meeting, March 11-12, 2015, University of West Alabama
  • Laila Alonazi, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Orange Extract on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  Alabama Academy of Science (AAS) Annual Meeting, March 11-12, 2015, University of West Alabama
  • Laila Ghazwani, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Ganoderma Mushroom Extract on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  Alabama Academy of Science (AAS) Annual Meeting, March 11-12, 2015, University of West Alabama
  • Tamara Smoot, Janis Beaird and Jeffery Merida, The Effects of Pomegranate Extract on the Growth of Murine Tramp-C Prostate Epithelial Cancer Cells.  Alabama Academy of Science (AAS) Annual Meeting, March 11-12, 2015, University of West Alabama
Recent Grants:
  • Re-awarded $40,000 Grant for PBI Bloom Project
  •  UWA Internal Research Grant