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Lehman L Ellis, Ph.D.

Department/Program: Biology and Natural Sciences


Doctor Ellis serves as the Chairman of the Department of Biology and Physical Sciences and as the advisor for Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Physical Therapy majors.

Doctor Ellis has held teaching and/or research appointments at the University of South Carolina, Iowa State University, the College of William and Mary, the University of New Orleans, and Delgado Community College. He is also the recipient of an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Fellow of the Tissue Culture Association, served as the President of the Invertebrate section of the Tissue Culture Association, and has served on the board of directors of the Tissue Culture Association and the Louisiana Ornithological Society. Doctor Ellis was the recipient of the BellSouth Telecommunication Foundation Endowed Chair at Our Lady of Holy Cross College from 2002 to 2005.

Doctor Ellis has authored or coauthored several articles and book chapters dealing with cell biology of oysters, molecular biology of marine bivalves, biochemistry of crabs and bivalves, and cell and molecular biology of thraustochytrids. He has presented numerous papers at local, national, and international meetings. He has served as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Sea Grant Program, the Department of Agriculture, and the US-Israel Bi-national Science Program; a reviewer of articles in several scientific journals; a past member of the editorial board of the journal: Methods of Cell Science; and a reviewer for textbooks in Biochemistry and Microbiology. He has also received over $500,000 in grant support for equipment, student support, and basic research. Doctor Ellis is a full member of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society of Microbiology, the American Chemical Society, and Sigma Xi, and an active member in other scientific societies.

Most recently Doctor Ellis was awarded a Grant from the Genomics Education Matching Funds for a DNA Sequencer that will be primarily used in Microbiology and Genetics courses. Doctor Ellis continues to be interested in a broad range of biological problems but those problems that develop information on regulation of amino acid metabolism and the cell and molecular biology of marine invertebrates are his primary focus.

Curriculum Vitae

B.S. University of Texas at Arlington - Biology

Ph.D. University of South Carolina -  Biology

Courses Taught

BIO 340 Cell Biology

BIO 370 Microbiology

BIO 409 Senior Seminar

CHE 207 General, Organic, and Biochemistry I

Office Location

West Hall Office #4

Mailing Address

4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, La. 70131

Direct Phone

(504) 398-2198

Fax Number

(504) 391-2421

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