Dr. Edison R. Fowlks

Dr. Edison R. Fowlks

Professor of Biology
Director of Biotechnology Laboratory

Dr. Fowlks received the Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology from the Ohio State University. For four years he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Molecular Biology at Michigan State University and in Molecular Virology at the University of California at Berkeley. At Michigan State and UC Berkeley, he studied the primary structure of ribosomal and viral RNAs respectively. Later at Bishop College, research in his laboratory led to the development of a two-dimensional RNA fingerprinting technique for studying mammalian RNA viruses. At Hampton University, he and his students use the tools of genomics, metagenomics, bioinformatics, and synthetic biology to focus on some unanswered questions in biology and medicine. Moreover, he is establishing DNA Microarray and Bioinformatics labs to serve as models for teaching biology as an information science and organisms as networks or circuits, and blending computer science, mathematics, and genetics into the curriculum. Dr. Fowlks instructs Principles of Heredity, Bioinformatics and Genomics and Advanced Genetics and is the director of The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Education Program housed in the Department of Biological Sciences at Hampton University.

Educational Background:
Ph.D. (Plant Pathology),
Ohio State University, 1965

Classes Taught:
Molecular Biology, Genetics,
Biotechnology, Advanced Genetics

Research Interests:
Ph.D., 1965; The Ohio State University. RNA Interference, host-viral genome expression, microbial metagenomics and synthetic biology.


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