Mississippi College

Elizabeth Brandon

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Dr. John W. Pelley, professor of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Texas Tech Tech University School of Medicine, is leading expert in teaching students to identify their learning types and maximize their academic success by playing to their strengths. Dr. Pelley has posted some of his lectures on study strategies and active learning on his website, a link to which is posted on the right-hand side of my faculty page. For any student trying to dramatically improve their study skills, grades, and entrance exam scores, this website will be very useful. I recommend the Pre-matriculation Program in Life-long Learning Skills.

Biology of Cancer (BIO 407/5407):
Weekly reading assignments from research papers are under class documents.  The chapters beside the dates in the syllabus are to be discussed during that class meeting.  For example, next week on Jan. 27, we'll discuss chapters 1-5, plus the papers I post on my website.
        * Book for graduate students:  The Emperor of All Maladies:  A Biography of Cancer by               Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.  ISBN:  978-1439107959 

About Me

I'm a Mississippian and I grew up mostly in Brandon, but I've lived in Brookhaven, Oxford, Cleveland, and Clarksdale. I got my B.S. in Biology from Delta State University in 1999 (Go Fighting Okra!) and my Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2004.

For my dissertation research, I studied the mechanism by which the tethering protein, p115, assembles coat and fusion proteins for the proper transport of secretory vesicles between the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi. During my postdoctoral training in Physiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, I studied the consequences of obesity on renal function and melanoma tumor growth.

There is some evidence that obesity increases melanoma growth, although the mechanisms by which this occurs are unknown. My research with students at Mississippi College is focused on determining which growth factors and hormones influence melanoma growth and whether blocking or inhibiting these substances can slow melanoma growth.

Class Schedule

Spring 2015

  • BIO 413/54 - Medical Physiology II
    Lecture: MWF, Lab: T, Lecture: 11:00-11:50, Lab: 1:30-3:30, Medical Science Building 202, Hederman 100
  • BIO 407/54 - Biology of Cancer
    Monday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Medical Science Building 210
  • BIO 445 - Melanoma Research
    T, R, F, , Hederman 212
  • BIO 305 - Cell Biology
    M, W, F, 9:00-9:50, Hederman 105
  • BIO 362 - Reading & Honors Research II
    R, , Hederman 212



BIO 413/54 Documents

BIO 407/54 Documents

BIO 305 Documents

Animations Documents

Supplemental Documents