Faculty and Staff

Dr. Brian Seymour, Chair of Biology and Associate Professor
(904) 470-8070 | brian.seymour@ewc.edu
Hatcher-Stewart Building, Room 111

Ph.D., Immunology, University of California - Davis
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
(904) 470-8147 | anita.mandal@ewc.edu

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
(904) 470-8091 | prabir.mandal0807@ewc.edu

Ph.D., Bhopal University, Bhopal, India

Dr. Mandal has published more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed journals of internal repute. He has been awarded several state and federal grants through the Florida Sea Grant, Florida Department of Health and National Institute of Health. He is the Chair of the EWC Institutional Review Board and a member of the Faculty Affairs Committee. Additionally, Dr. Mandal is an active member of the Research Advisory Council of Florida State Health Diversity Research and is recognized as a top researcher by the Florida Department of Health. He also serves as the Activity Director of Title-III for the College's STEM areas; and is a member of several journal editorial boards.

Dr. Mandal is the recipient of the President’s Ideal Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, service, adhering to policy and for taking initiative to advance the college through program development. He is also largly responsible for the two dual degree articulation agreements EWC has with Life University and Palmer College of Chiropractic.

His research interests include cytogenetics, environmental toxicology, and transport physiology.

Ms. Aileen Miller-Jenkins, Instructor
(904) 470-8117 | a.millerjenkins0901@ewc.edu

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.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2013 16:41