1980’s Graduates

Shanta Bantia, PhD in Biochemistry ’85
Shanta is a Section Head, Biological Sciences BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Birmingham AL. BioCryst designs, optimizes and develops novel drugs that block key enzymes involved in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, and viral infections.

Charles Bevins, PhD in Biochemistry ’85
Charles is a Professor at the University of California, Davis. His groundbreaking antibiotic research may prove important in understanding devastating human diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease and cystic fibrosis. Weblink:

Brian Flowers, BA in Biochemistry ’80
Brian went on to receive his MD degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore. He now practices as an otolaryngologist, in York, PA.

Dwight Hooper, BA in Chemistry ’80
Dwight completed his M.D. from Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine. Completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Currently Assoc. Prof Univ. of Alabama School of Medicine, Dept Ob-Gyn.

Spiros Nicols, BA in Chemistry ’87
Spiros went on to earn his PharmD. at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He is currently a pharmacy practice resident at the VA medical center in Washington DC.

Tayebeh Pourmotabbed, PhD in Biochemistry ’86
Taqyebeh is a Professor at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Her research is in the area of enzymes involved in arthritis and cancer invasion. She describes her work as trying to figure out how the enzymes function and their role in tumor metastasis.

Barry Willen, BS in Chemistry ’80
After 25 years of owning and running a pharmaceutical manufacturing firm and a Sylvan Learning franchise, Barry is now teaching Chemistry.