Faculty and Staff
Dr. Brian Seymour, Chair of Biology and Associate Professor
Hatcher-Stewart Building, Room 111
Ph.D., Immunology, University of California - Davis
M.S., Clinical Science, San Francisco State University
B.S., Biology, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Dr. Seymour has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of biotechnology and has authored/coauthored more than 20 scientific publications. His notable work in the fields of Allergy and Asthma has been published in several leading journals including Science and Nature. His pioneering work on the effects of second-hand smoke on animal models of allergic asthma was influential on the legislation that banned smoking in public places in California.
Presently, Dr. Seymour is conducting studies to understand the causes for the high morbidity and mortality from asthma in the African American community of Jacksonville. The death rate from asthma in African Americans is 165 percent higher than in Caucasians. These studies are being funded by the Henry C. Mcbay research fellowships.
Dr. Anita Mandal, Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
Dr. Mandal has received many research grants throughout her career. She received the Florida Sea Grant and the Elizabeth Carter Foundation Grant. She also was the co-principal investigator for the UNCFSP/NLM-HBCU ACCESS project Establishment of e-Center for Promoting Health & Wellness at EWC. Most recently she received “Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future” grant funded by American Association of Colleges and Universities. She has published and/or presented more than 30 research papers.
Dr. Mandal also was the recipient of the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research and scholarship for Academic Year 2009-2010; and the Uplifting Award by the Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2008. She was also nominated for Who's Who in America 2009-2011. She is a member of the American Protein Society and the American Physiology Society. Her teaching interests include Microbiology, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Histology, Botany, Biotechnology, Embryology.
Dr. Prabir K. Mandal, Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Bhopal University, Bhopal, India
Dr. Prabir K. Mandal, Ph.D. (Genetics) is a full Professor at Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, FL. He joined EWC as an Associate Professor of Biology in 2008 and served as the Interim Chair of the Biology Department until 2010. Dr. Mandal initiated and made an articulation agreement between EWC-Life University and EWC-Palmer College of Chiropractic for a dual degree i.e. B.S. in Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic for EWC students majoring in biology. He serves an instrumental role in getting our students into the summer internship for Bioinformatics at Mississippi Valley State University and for the Florida Alliance for Health Professions Diversity. He serves as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board of EWC, executive members of the editorial board of a few peer reviewed journals of international repute. He has been awarded with the Distinguished Professor of the College during 2012-2013 and President’s Ideal Faculty in 2010 for excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, service, adhering to policy and for taking initiative to advance the college through program development.
Dr. Mandal has been awarded with several travel awards to attend national and international scientific meetings viz., “7th Annual Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers” in San Diego, CA in May 2015; Science of Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men held at Montego Bay, Jamaica in November 2014; CHAAMP conference at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC in June 2013. He has developed the course BIO 290 “African-American Health”, the one and only African-American health related course being taught in the State of Florida. He has published numerous research papers, editorials, book chapters, book, and made scholarly presentations in national/international scientific meetings exclusively related to the health issues of the African-Americans. He served as the lead editor of “Molecular Biomarkers: Tools in Medicine” a special edition of BioMed Research Internal and also serves as editor-in-chief of “Diagnostic and Preventive Biomarkers” a special issue of the journal “International Journal of Prevention and Treatment”. He is also the reviewer of original research papers submitted to a number of peer-reviewed journals of international repute. He has been awarded several research projects (one from the Department of Health Biomedical Research Program, State of Florida for $50,000 National Library of Medicine; the National Library of Medicine-National Institute of Health for $20,000 and a few smaller grants from Florida Sea Grants including Elise B. Newell Seminar series awards) also exclusively related to the African-American Health.
Dr. Mandal is the Principal Investigator/Liaison of Edward Waters College chapter for the $1.6 M research project titled “OneFlroida Cancer Control Network (CCN)” awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Shenkman, P.I. of University of Florida by Florida Department of Health Biomedical Research program. He also serves as the member of the CCN Executive Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee. He is part of the Research Advisory Council of Florida State Health Diversity Research. He has research collaboration(s) with (1) the nutrition program at the University of North Florida, (2) NSF proposal on the development and application of clinical courses with problem based learning in the undergraduate curriculum, (3) NIH proposal R25 grant for Florida Minority Oncology Research Education (MORE) program on prostate cancer research consortium with the University of Florida. He also serves as a member of the steering committee for the Health Equity Research Institute, and is a member of the Health Disparity Research Advisory Committee, Florida. Dr. Mandal is seriously involved in curriculum reform, mentoring and spearheading new initiatives for Allied Health education focusing on the under served minority population specifically African-Americans in the State of Florida.
Ms. Aileen Miller-Jenkins, Instructor
M.S., Environmental Studies, Bard College
B.S., Mt. St. Mary's College
Ms. Aileen Miller-Jenkins began her career as a high school math and science teacher. Over a 13-year period, she exposed high school students to the study of ecosystems by taking them on trips to different ecological locations, such as the Florida Keys. Her thesis, "Everglades Water Management in Relations to the Indigenous Seminole Way of Life," is an interdisciplinary study of water management in Florida, particularly the ecosystem of the Everglades, and its impact on the indigenous way of life.
She began teaching college-level biology in 1996 at the University of North Florida. In 2009 became the senior lab instructor at Edward Waters College for the following courses: Life Science, Bio I and Bio II, Genetics, Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Zoology, Microbiology, and Botany. Throughout her career, Ms. Miller-Jenkins has been the recipient of the University of Florida Sea Grant Award for field work done with the students on the St. Johns River (1997); and the Monteverde Rainforest Conservation League Award from the St. Augustine Rotary (1996).
Currently, she has an interest in solar power, energy conservation and green technologies; and serves on the campus sustainability committee.