Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

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.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.