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Tamarah Adair

Faculty - Tamarah Adair

Senior Lecturer of Biology

C.309 Baylor Sciences Building
(254) 710-2129

Faculty - Adair special

Senior Lecturer of Biology

BS, Biology, Baylor University
MS, Biomedical Studies, Baylor University
Ph.D., Biomedical Studies, Baylor University

Major area of research

  • Biotechnology
  • Protein expression
  • RNA viral vectors
  • MRSA
  • Genomics

Courses currently teaching:

  • Modern Concepts of Bioscience I (1305) and II (1306)
  • Investigations of Modern Biology Concepts I (1405) and II (1406)
  • Molecular and Microbiology Education and Research (1V90 and 3V90)
  • Honors research
  • General Microbiology (4401)
  • Immunology (4301)

Departmental Interests:

  • Co-Advisor: Pre-Vet Society
  • Co-faculty sponsor BURST
  • Undergraduate Committee Member and Student Academic Advisor


I began my career in science as a Medical Laboratory Technician and later as a Technologist in Hematology.  I also spent 8 years teaching biology, chemistry, physics, reading, and algebra before returning to graduate school.  I enjoy time with my family and my horses, serving on work mission teams, music, sports, gardening, refinishing old stuff, and learning new things.

I love teaching at Baylor. My main responsibility is the teaching of the introductory courses for science majors. I am especially interested in developing inquiry-based curriculum that incorporates research in the classroom.  Dr. Bryan Gibbon and I are co-teaching the National Genomics Research Initiative that is sponsored by the Science Education Alliance. 

I have the privilege of mentoring motivated undergraduates who are interested in research. Working with undergraduates has allowed me to study a wide variety of questions.  My group has collaborated with Dr. Kearney to develop and utilize a plant virus protein expression system. We have also worked with Dr. Lee and the C. elegans model system to describe an isolated distal tip cell mutant. I also once worked with a student interested in studying behavior in captive snakes.  Most recently, my undergraduate researchers have been exploring alternative strategies to treat antibiotic resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus. 

Baylor is such a great place to learn and grow. I have a desire to model to students how to be life-long learners; to encourage students to ask questions and to grow in their ability to think at a higher level. It is also important to me to model to students that a career in science can easily go hand-in-hand with a life of faith.

Molecular and Microbiology Education and Research Students Spring 2013

Department of Biology