Biology Department Faculty

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. 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.

Courses Taught

BIOL 150 – Microbiology
BIOL 294H – Diseases in History
BIOL 315 – Histology
BIOL 405 – Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 410 – Developmental Biology
BIOL 415 – Immunology
BIOL 491 – Senior Seminar

Contact Info

Phone: 301-891-4462
Office: Science Building, 102D