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About the Department

Our faculty members maintain a broad interest in their disciplines with teaching and research interests in the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Parasitology
  • Mycology
  • Bacteriology
  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Assisted Instruction
  • Microbiome
  • Toxinology


Faculty teach courses in the OSU School of Biomedical Sciences and OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.



Gerwald A. Köhler, Ph.D. (Research Profile)
Interim Department Chair
Professor of Microbiology


Martin W. Banschbach, Ph.D. (Research Profile)
Professor of Biochemistry


Earl L. Blewett, Ph.D., (Research Profile)

Professor of Microbiology


Franklin R. Champlin, Ph.D., (Research Profile)

Professor of Medical Microbiology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Forensic Microbiology


Jacob R. Manjarrez, Ph.D., (Research Profile)

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry


Joshua Muia, Ph.D., (Research Profile)

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D. (Research Profile)
Professor of Immunology


Charles G. Sanny, Ph.D. (Research Profile)
Professor of Biochemistry 


I-Hsiu (George) Huang, Ph.D. (Research Profile)
Assistant Professor of Microbiology


Subhas Das, Ph.D., (Research Profile)

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry


Ratnakar Deole, Ph.D., (Research Profile)

Assistant Professor of Genetics




Crystal A. Shults, M.S.
Senior Research Assistant II


Senait Assefa, Ph.D.
Senior Research Assistant II


B. J. Reddig
Research Assistant III


Darlene R. DuBois 
Academic Assistant III


Veera Venkata V. Manukonda, Ph.D.
Research Associate


Frida Miranda
Research Assistant I


Magera Shaw
Part-time Lab Technician


Mylissa Stover
Part-time Lab Technician

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