Mississippi College

Theodore "Ted" Snazelle, Ph.D.

This is my 33rd year of teaching at Mississippi College and my 43rd year in higher education.  My major teaching areas over the years have been in microbiology (BIO 414/5414) and immunology (BIO 415/5415).   Additionally, I teach a freshman biology majors course (BIO 111 - Biology I) and a nonmajors course called Plants and People (BIO 105). 


I am involved with directing research projects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  My research interests have involved 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. Specifically, we have been trying to determine the prevalence of CA-MRSA (community acquired, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) on the pads inside the helmets. Current student research involves the diversity of  human oral microbiota, particularly the capnophiles and anaeobes. The bacteria identifications are accomplished through  using the BIOLOG GEN III MicroStation System. 

About Me

After first attending Western Kentucky University in my hometown of Bowling Green, KY, I earned my B.S. (biology major, chemistry minor) at Belmont University, Nashville, TN.  After graduating from Belmont, 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 is employed as a school bus mechanic by the Pearl River County (MS) Schools. After attending The University of Mississippi for two years, my daughter Gretchen Purkey earned her BSN at Mississippi College and is currently working 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. Last, my son-in-law Randy Purkey has both his BSBA and MBA degrees from Mississippi College.  Also, Randy was a baseball player at Mississippi College. 

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 9, 2013, Alumni Hall Gymnasium, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS.

Class Schedule

Spring 2013

  • BIO 105 B - Plants and People
    TR, 8:25 - 10:40 a.m.., MSB 202
  • BIO 414/54 - General Microbiology
    TR, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m., MSB 202
  • BIO 414/54 - General Microbiology Laboratory
    TR, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., H208
  • BIO 414/54 - General Microbiology Laboratory
    TR, 4:45 - 6:15 p.m., H208
  • BIO 415/54 - Immunology
    W, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., MSB202
  • BIO 431 - Biology Seminar
    TR, 8:00 - 9:15 a.m., MSB202