Melinda Villanueva


Education Profile:

PhD, Molecular and Cell Biology; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 2003
MS, Biology (Immunology emphasis); Appalachian State University, 1997
BS, Medical Technology; Columbia Union College, 1994


Teaching in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, Dr. Villanueva uses a combination of lecture and class activities. Students in her classes may find themselves keeping a blog, writing a research paper, designing and conducting their own research experiments, creating a podcast, solving real-world case studies, or completing other activities in order to learn the appropriate science content. Classes taught by Dr. Villanueva include Microbiology, Human Body in Health and Disease, Diseases and History (team-taught with Dr. Francis, Department of History), Developmental Biology, Ecology, Histology, Immunology, and Senior Seminar. Along with her colleagues in the department, Dr. Villanueva also advises Biology majors and students in the pre-professional programs, such as pre-medicine and pre-dentistry.

Research and Professional Activities:

Dr. Villanueva’s research interests include costimulatory molecules and the development of memory immune responses.