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Agnes Day, Ph.D.

Dr. Agnes A. Day received her BS degree in Biology from Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach Florida in 1974.  She then entered a Master’s degree program at Howard University and received her Ph. D. degree in Microbiology in 1984.  Her specialty area in Microbiology was Medical Mycology.

Dr. Day then served as a Staff Fellow in the Bone Research Branch, National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health from 1984 to 1988, after which she returned to Howard University as a Research Assistant Professor.  She is currently a tenured Associate Professor and Interim Chairman of the department of Microbiology, College of Medicine at Howard University.

Dr. Day has been a prolific researcher and has garnered over 2.5 million dollars in grant funding.  Her research interests are mechanisms of drug resistance in fungi, the development of animal models of breast cancer, and molecular characterization of the aggressive phenotype of breast cancer in African American Women.  She serves as a Scientific Reviewer for research grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health, The National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense Cancer Research Initiatives. She was awarded the Outstanding Research Award by the Howard University College of Medicine for her continued research excellence.

Dr. Day is also a highly commended teacher, and was presented with the Kaiser-Permanente Outstanding Teaching Award by the Howard University College of Medicine.  She provides instruction to professional students in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy as well as being the Coordinator for the graduate level courses:  Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Basic Oncology and Integrative Oncology.  She has mentored over 40 students at the undergraduate, professional and graduate levels and has served as Research Advisor to eight Ph. D. students.  She also serves on the dissertation research committees of an additional 9 graduate students from several departments.

Dr. Day is an active member of the American Society for Microbiology where she is a member of the Committee on Microbiology Issues which Impact Minorities.  She is also an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research, where she is a member of the Minorities in Cancer Research and Women in Cancer Research Committees.  Additionally, Dr. Day serves on the Committee on Diversity of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and also serves as a Consultant for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Black Churches-Black Colleges program and the Minority Science Net (MiSciNet) database initiative.

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