Melanie Lee-Brown

Departments and Positions:
Undergraduate Research
Biology, Professor of Biology
School Extension 316.2421
North Carolina A&T University, BS, '93
North Carolina State University, PHD, '98

Postdoctoral research associate with Ron Oppenheim, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Research Interests

  • Developed an undergraduate research program focused on microbial molecular genetics. Maintains a networked program of undergraduate research and research presentation opportunities that have taken students across the state, the country and the world to present at various symposia
  • Topics of study include:
  1. Evolutionary relationships between nitrogen-fixing Azotobacteria and related pseudomonads as determined through rRNA and RNase P phylogenetic analysis, Multi-Locus-Sequence-Typing (MLST), genome structure and metabolic profiling
  2. Role of riboswitches (RNA structures that control gene expression) on the growth of these organisms, and the virulence of pathogenic relatives

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 315: Microbiology
  • BIOL 443: Genetics
  • BIOL 434: Biochemistry
  • BIOL 111: Integrative Biology-Molecules and Cells

Campus and Community Involvement

  • Past-President of the North Carolina Branch of the American Society for Microbiology
  • President of the North Carolina Academy of Science
  • Guilford Undergraduate Symposium