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Jeff Shaver


Jeff Shaver


Biological Science


Degree Major Emphasis / Program Name Institution Year
Principal Certification Education Administration Angelo State University 2017
Ph.D. Biology University of Washington 2008
B.S. Biology Purdue University 2001
B.S. Biology Education Purdue University 2001

Dr. Jeff Shaver joined the Department of Biological Sciences faculty at UAFS in 2017. Dr. Shaver’s expertise are in cell and molecular biology, genetics, plant physiology, biotechnology, and biology teacher licensure. Dr. Shaver regularly mentors students on research projects including the study of tallgrass prairie microbiomes, antibiotic resistance, and organelle DNA structure. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Shaver is also actively involved in service at UAFS, the scientific community, and his local community.

Recent Research Activities

  • Sydney Du*, Jeff Shaver, Sandhya Baviskar, Roger Lightner. (2022). Testing of Potential Small Molecule Therapeutics for Antibacterial Properties Using Bacteria and Dictyostelium – Microbe Model System. Arkansas INBRE Research Conference.
  • Jeff Shaver, Ethan Moore*, Brandon Romero*, Hannah Warrington*, Roger Lightner. (2022). Effect of Tallgrass Prairie Restoration and Soil Microbiome Succession on the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance. Arkansas Academy of Science, 105th Meeting.  
  • **Kairy Galvez*, Sandhya Baviskar, Roger Lightner, Jeff Shaver. (2022). Testing of quinazolinone-based drug candidates as treatments for antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. UAFS Student Research Symposium
  • Danielle Randolph*, Sandhya Baviskar, Sayo Fakayode, Souvik Banerjee, Jeff Shaver, Roger Lightner, Zane Neal*, Josh T*, Harmeet Chohan*, Kairy Galvez*. (2022). Dictyostelium discoideum as a Host-Microbe Model for Screening Drug-Like Therapeutic Candidates (DLTCs) for Anti-Virulence Properties. UAFS Student Research Symposium
  • Shaver, J. M., Emily Bellis, Chizuko Iwaki, Jake Qualls, Jay Randolph, Jeremiah Smith*. (2020). Massard Prairie Restoration and Soil Microbiome Succession. Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, 74(5), 7-10.

*UAFS undergraduate student
**Awarded for top poster at 2022 UAFS Student Research Symposium

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