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Dr. Benjie G. Blair
Jacksonville State University
Biology
(256) 782-5643
Email: bblair@jsu.edu
 

Education

PHD, Mississippi State University, 1999.

Major: Biology- Microbiology  Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title: "Regulation of Substrate Utilization in the Cellulolytic Bacteria Eubacterium cellulosolvens and Clostridium cellulovorans 743B."

 

MS, Jacksonville State University, 1992.

Major: Biology -Thesis Title: "A Laboratory Analysis of Domestic Estrildid Finch Populations and Interspecific Hybridization."

 

BS, Jacksonville State University, 1989.

Major: Biology. Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Minor in Chemistry

 

Professional Positions

Academic - Post-Secondary

Professor of Biology, Jacksonville State University. (October 1, 2011 - Present).

Associate Professor of Biology, Jacksonville State University. (October 2001 - September 2011).

Assistant Professor of Biology, Jacksonville State University. (October 1999 – September, 2005).

 

Professional Memberships

Alabama Academy of Science.,Alabama Pre-Health Professional Advisors Association.,American Society for Microbiology, Association of Southeastern Biologists.

 

 

TEACHING

 

Awards and Honors

Deans Award, Arts and Sciences JSU. (2007).

American Society for Microbiology Margaret Green Teaching, Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. (October 2006).

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Published Intellectual Contributions

Blair, B. G., Blair, S. L., Romano, F. A., Bowen, W. R. (2008). Biological Inquiry. Cengage.

Blair, B. G., Blair, S. L., Romano, F. A., Bowen, W. R. (2008). Online Laboratory Manual

 

Refereed Journal Articles

Blair, B. G., Murdock, C. A., Carter, R. E., Willis, D. The relationship between habitat type, fire frequency, and Amblyomma americanum populations in east central Alabama. Journal of Vector Ecology, 5. mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jve

Blair, B. G., Cline, G. R., Bowen, W. R. (2012). NSF-Style Peer Review for Teaching Undergraduate Grant Writing. The American Biology Teacher, 69(1), 34-37.

Blair, B. G., Willis, D., Murdock, C. A., Carter, R. E. (in press). The relationship between habitat type, fire frequency, and Amblyomma americanum populations in east central Alabama. To appear in Journal of Vector Ecology. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1948-7134

Blair, B. G., Murdock, C. A., O'Kelley, J. (2010). Analysis and classification of the intestinal microbiota of the slimy salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) by 16s ribosomal DNA sequencing. J. Ala Acad Sci., 81(3-4), 218-225.

Blair, B. G., Barron, S., Murdock, C. A., Meade, M. E., Barger, W. (2010). Analysis of bacterial diversity in soils from blowing sping cave.  J. AL Acad Sci. Alabama Academy of Science, 81(1), 1-11.

Blair, B. G., Nelson, L., Meade, M. E., Murdock, C. A., Watts, S., Lawrence, A. (2010). Molecular analysis of gut microflora in captive-raised sea urchins ( Lytechinus variegates). J. World Aqua. Soc., 41(5), 807-815.

Chapman, M. A., Beavers, J. C., Meade, M. E., Blair, B. G., Olander, C. (2007). Effect of various photosensitive dyes on the growth of Tetrahymena pyriformis  in vitro Alabama Academy of Science. Alabama Academy of Science, 78(No. 1), 13-20.

Blair, B. G., Sessler, C., Murdock, C. A., Cline, G. R. DNA sequences Blast (pp. accession numbers HM960246-58). Washington DC.  NCBI: NCBI Blast genbank.

Blair, B. G., Meade, M. E. (2012). A survey of bacterial associates within the GI tract of the Coosa Darter (Etheostoma coosae). In Vincent Calhoun (Ed.), DNA Gene Sequences (pp. 50 pages). Washington DC: GenBank JQ918375-JQ918431. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Genebank/

Blair, B. G., Murdock, C. A., Meade, M. E., Barron, S., Barger, W. (2010). Uncultured bacterial clones from cave spring. (pp. 9 submissions Accession numb GU944681-87). NCBI Blast database.

 

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Blair, B. G. (Principal), "Microbial Analysis of Water," Sponsored by Parker Hannifin Corp., Private, $690.00/yr. 2000-present.

Blair, B. G. (Co-Principal), Murdock, C. A. (Co-Principal), "NSF ITEST Proposal using gaming development in education," Sponsored by NSF- Core Biology Inititive, Jacksonville State University, $1,700,000.00.Submitted.

Reinisch, L. (Co-Principal), Gryko, J. (Principal), Blair, B. G. (Co-Principal), "Acquisition of Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer for Undergraduate Research," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $38,460.00. (July 1, 2010 – July 2012).

Blair, B. G. (Co-Principal), Carter, R. E. (Co-Principal), Murdock, C. A. (Co-Principal), "The prevalence of tick-borne diseases in ticks and blood samples from domesticated mammals in Alabmama.," Sponsored by Alabama Dept of Public Health, State, $22,500.00. (September 2011 - October 2012).

Blair, B. G. (Principal), "Pyrosequencing of gut microflora from freshwater darters.," Sponsored by JSU Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Jacksonville State University, $2,500.00. (October 2011 - September 2012).

Blair, B. G., "Acquisiion of Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer for Undergraduate Research," Sponsored by NSF, Federal, $38,460.00. (2010 - 2011).

Blair, B. G., "Pyrosequencing of gut microflora in freshwater Darters," Sponsored by JSU Provost and Vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, Jacksonville State University, $2,500.00. (October 2011).

Meade, M. E. (Co-Principal), Murdock, C. A. (Principal), Blair, B. G. (Co-Principal), Debro, L. H. (Co-Principal), "Smartsystem Real-time PCR Laboratory Collaborative Grant," Sponsored by Cepheid Inc., Private, $71,995.00. (January 2008 - January 2009).

Meade, M. E. (Principal), Blair, B. G. (Co-Principal), "Incorporation of a Proteomic Analysis System into Jacksonville State University’s Science Track in Molecular Biology," Sponsored by Beckman-Coulter Inc., Private, $120,300.00. (January 2007 - January 2008).

Meade, M. E. (Principal), Blair, B. G. (Co-Principal), Debro, L. H. (Co-Principal), Hamissou, M. (Co-Principal), "Incorporation of a Genetic Analysis system into JSU courses offered to Pre-Health Professional and Cell and Molecular Biology Students," Sponsored by Beckman-Coulter Inc., Private, $98,900.00. (January 2006 - January 2007).

 

Awards and Honors

Ivon Roth Award, Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. (2010).

 

 

University Service

University Senate Service, President University Faculty Senate. (May 14, 2012 - May 2013).