I received B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. degrees in Marine Microbiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. I was trained in microbial ecology, physicochemistry, microarray technologies, molecular biology, and bioinformatics at the following universities: University of California, Irvine, University of Maryland, Northwestern University, and University of South Carolina. I worked as a Research Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering at University of Washington for 8+ years. During the summers of 2000, 2006, and 2010/2011, I worked at the Marine Biology Laboratory, MA, and at the University of Cologne and Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany, respectively. My latest microarray research was presented at a workshop on the physicochemistry of DNA hybridizations on solid surfaces organized by Dr. Alex Pozhitkov and myself on May 9-12, 2011 [flyer].
As a programmer (mostly C++), I developed an artificial neural network package for scientists (Neuroet) and other bioinformatic tools (e.g., Hurst Calculator, Approximate Entropy Calculator, Correlation Dimension Calculator, Fractal Dimension Calculator). With respect to genomics, my laboratory was one of the first to publish a paper in comparative microbial genomics (Noble et al. 1998) and to develop a novel approach for analyzing genomic sequences (Almeida et al. 2001).
I have been productive in terms of publications (Scopus h-index of 17, 36+ published articles, and 700+ citations). I have initiated and maintained an externally funded research program, which has provided salary for myself for 9+ years (all "soft money"), as well as the salaries, supplies, and travel money for students and a post-doctoral fellow.
I have a background as an instructor at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels (see Teaching). I am a certified high school teacher (University of British Columbia teacher education program). I have taught high school science and biology, as well as undergraduate students at the University of California, Irvine.
I have mentored undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and sponsored a visiting associate professor on sabbatical leave. Most of these scientists are now working at major universities.
In addition to a faculty position at Alabama State University, I hold Affiliate Professorships in the Dept of Periodontics at University of Washington, and in the Microbiology Dept at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.