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Dr. Akif Uzman

Professor and Chair
Natural Sciences


Dr. Akif Uzman  

I am a professor of biology and biochemistry and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, having arrived at UHD in 1997 as an assistant professor. I teach courses in biology and chemistry at the lower- and upper-division levels related to molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry. My research interests have focused on the regulation of gene expression during early embryogeny of the African Clawed Frog, Xenopus laevis. In addition, my students and I have worked with colleagues (Drs. George Weisnstock and Sarah Highlander) at the Baylor Human Genome Sequencing Center focusing on genomic annotation of several bacteria, including two serious pathogens and another bacterium significant to clean-room work at NASA. I was the lead author on a study guide for a major biochemistry text, Student Companion to Fundamentals of Biochemistry, originally published in 1999 with two subsequent editions (Dr. Jerry Johnson and I are currently collaborating on another edition.) One of my principal goals as department chair has been to help bring in research funding for my fellow departmental faculty and for the signature program in our college, the UHD College of Sciences and Technology Scholars Academy.  In this role, and working with Drs. Larry Spears, Suzette Mouchaty, Vicky Estrera, Scott Slough, and Phil Lyons, we have brought in more than $9.4M in funding over the past six years.



Exhibited Publication

Tecarro, Edwin, Tung Bui, Marsida Lisi, and Akif Uzman. “A Simple Model of Two Interacting Signaling Pathways in Embryonic Xenopus Laevis.” Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems 2009 (2009): 753–760.




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