I am a native Nashvillian who decided to return to Nashville after my undergraduate and graduate studies. I received my B.A, in Psychology from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Tennessee at Memphis. I did post-doctoral work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis in the Department of Infectious Disease. At St. Jude, I studied the molecular mechanism that results in the development of antibiotic resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae.
I have been at Belmont University since the summer of 2000. I have taught courses in introductory biology, to majors and non-majors, anatomy, and physiology. My goal for these courses is to spark excitement in the introductory courses while furthering knowledge for future studies in the anatomy and physiology lectures. In addition to teaching, I have served as a mentor for senior researchers in the areas of Parkinson's disease and Infectious pneumococcal disease. Finally, I serve as faculty sponsor of Theta Epsilon Tau, the Student Pre-health Association, and I am also the Pre-health Advisor for Belmont.
I would like to contact Dr. Ragsdale.