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Dr. Lisa Lyford promoted to Associate Professor of Biology at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Lisa Lyford has been promoted to Associate Professor of Biology as announced by Dr. Larry Cockrum, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Lyford earned her B.S. in biochemistry with minors in chemistry and music performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After pursuing advanced study in Microbiology and Immunology and working in a cellular immunology lab, Lyford became interested in pharmacology. She earned her Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continued her research on the structure and function of nicotinic receptors as a postdoctoral associate.

Before she started teaching at UC, she taught courses in Mutagenesis and Biotechnology in the Biotechnology Education Facility at North Carolina State University as a post doctoral teaching associate. She has been teaching at UC since 2005. Dr. Lyford is a member of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Microbiology, the National Science Teachers Association and the Kentucky/Tennessee Branch of ASM. Lyford teaches classes in cellular biology, microbiology, immunology and biochemistry at UC.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Lyford has also presented at the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, the Association for Biology Laboratory Education Annual Meeting, the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting and the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. She has been published in Molecular Pharmacology, the American Journal of Physiology, Biophysical Journal and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, among others.

The requirements for promotion at UC include evidence of effective teaching and substantial professional growth as well as service for the required number of years. Faculty members seeking promotion are also required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy. They must also collect letters of recommendation from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.