Belhaven University Hires New Biology Professor

Describe Image HereMay 15, 2015 (Jackson, Miss.) - Belhaven University is pleased to announce the addition of new faculty member Dr. Elizabeth Brandon to its School of Science and Mathematics. She will take the role of associate professor of biology. Her extensive teaching experience at the collegiate level and background in research will be a valuable asset to the University’s biology students.

“Dr. Brandon comes to Belhaven with advanced skills and techniques in cell and molecular biology,” said, Dr. Dennis Watts, Associate Provost. “Not only is she a great scientist, she is a great communicator with a passion for teaching. When you combine these attributes with her humility, she will greatly serve the students of Belhaven. Liz embodies the University's mission to prepare students to serve rather than be served.”

A native Mississippian, Dr. Brandon earned a B.S. in Biology from Delta State University in 1999. She then earned a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Alabama in 2004. She has been teaching at Mississippi College since 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Biology.  Dr. Brandon worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Department of Physiology and Biophysics. She also worked as Adjunct Professor for Department of Biology at Millsaps College and Hinds Community College in 2005. From 1997-1999, she was a teaching assistant for the Department of Biology at Delta State University.

“I am very excited that Dr. Brandon is joining the faculty of the Biology Department,” said Dr. Robert Waltzer, Chair of the Biology Department. “She brings a wealth of up-to-date technical and scientific knowledge in the area of cellular and molecular biology and will give the department added strength in that area.  She is an engaging individual that has a track record as a teacher and researcher. She will provide many new opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research; I believe good things are in store for the department.”

In 2014, Dr. Brandon received the Distinguished Professor and Innovation Excellence Award and was a Nominee for the Carol C. West Faculty Advocate Award at Mississippi College. She is a member of the Mississippi Academy of Science, American Physiological Society, American Society for Cell Biology, Association of Southeastern Biologists and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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