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Tammi Taylor, Ph.D.

Tammi Taylor, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Biology at Jackson State University. Dr. Taylor joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Genetics in the Department of Biology which is in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Jackson State University, in 2016 . Dr. Taylor is a world-renowned scientist in the field of neuroscience for her work that she performed on the regeneration and angiogenesis after stroke in mice using intranasal injections of WNT3a and her early work as a PhD student in Dr. Hal Broxmeyer’s lab determining if embryonic stem cells express functional toll-like receptors. Dr. Taylor has since trained and mentored medical students, graduate and undergraduate students in STEM research and science teaching. In April, 2023, Dr. Taylor became a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Jackson State University. That same year, she was also appointed her first administrative role as Assistant Chair for the Department of Biology where she continue s to make great strides in mentoring students and training new faculty in STEM research and science teaching.

While a t JSU, Dr. Taylor is a Research Center for Minority Investigators (RCMI) faculty member, a graduate and undergraduate student advisor, a research mentor, and a professor. Her current research focus is determining if the gut microbiome in African American plays a role in having increased risk to cardiovascular disease and other health disparities. During her training she was a postdoctoral fellow in the field of Catfish Genetics at the USDA-ARS IN Greenville, MS from 2013-2014, a Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) postdoctoral fellow at Emory University in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Neurology, from 2010-2013. She obtained her PhD i n Microbiology from Indiana University, in 2010; a Master of Science degree in Biology, from Jackson State University, in 2004; and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tougaloo College, in 2002. It was the summer of her sophomore year while at Tougaloo College, she completed her SR-EIP Leadership Alliance program at Brown University, under the Leadership of Dr. James Wiche, in the Summer of 2000.

Today Dr. Taylor has since become a Leadership Alliance Doctoral Scholar, in 2012, and continues to help mentor undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students to help create future leaders in the field of STEM research and education through the Leadership Alliance.