Mississippi College

Theodore "Ted" Snazelle, Ph.D.

After 44 years of college/university teaching, the last 34 years here at Mississippi College, I retired on June 30, 2014.  However, I continue to teach as an Adjunct Professor of Biology.

Also, I will continue to be involved with directing microbiology research projects with undergraduate biology majors.  My research interests include the microbial diversity of gram-negative rods in fresh water lakes, the diversity of gram-postive cocci on environmental surfaces, e.g.  the diversity of gram-positive cocci on the pads inside of football helmets and keys on computer keyboards, clean room microbiota, etc.  Current undergraduate student research involves the diversity of  human oral microbiota, particularly the capnophiles and anaerobes, as found in the trough of football mouthpieces. The bacterial identifications are accomplished through use of the BIOLOG GEN III MicroStation System. 

About Me

After first attending Western Kentucky University in my hometown, Bowling Green, KY,  for three years on an Ogden Scholarship, I transferred to Belmont University, Nashville, TN where I earned my B.S. (biology major, chemistry minor). After graduating from Belmont University, I went to Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, where I earned both my M.S. and Ph.D.

My wife is the former Beatrice Ashlock of Elizabethtown, KY.  A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Bea is a retired medical technologist from The University of Mississippi Medical Center. We are the parents of two grown children (Blaine and Gretchen) and five grandchildren (Taylor, John, Bailey Grace, Jake, and Mary Caroline).  My son Blaine Snazelle is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a master mechanic, and a State of Mississippi retiree who is currently a contract employee at the Stennis Research Center in south Mississippi. After attending The University of Mississippi for two years, my daughter Gretchen Purkey earned her BSN at Mississippi College and her master's degree as a nurse practitioner at the University of Memphis.  My daughter-in-law Teri Tyson Snazelle has her BS in Chemistry and MS in Biology from Mississippi College and is employed by the United States Geological Survey at the Stennis Research Center.  Last, my son-in-law Randy Purkey has both his BSBA and MBA degrees from Mississippi College and manages a family-owned, commercial roofing company, Seamless Systems, in Memphis, TN.  Randy is a Mississippi College letterman as a baseball pitcher. 

My main avocational interest is growing, hybridizing, and showing daffodils.  Also, I am a novice digital photographer.  I will serve as Show Chairman for the Mississippi State Daffodil Show, March 14, 2015, Alumni Hall Gymnasium, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS.

Class Schedule

Fall 2014

  • BIO 105 A - Plants and People
    TR, 8:00 - 9:15 a.m, MSB 202
  • BIO 111 E - Biology I
    TR, 9:25 - 10:40 a.m., MSB202