Silver Lake College welcomes Dr. Danielle N. McKeithen as its new biology and natural science department chair and assistant professor of biology.
Dr. McKeithen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from Columbia College, South Carolina; a Master of Public Health with a concentration in microbiology and infectious diseases from the University of Pittsburgh; and recently earned her Doctor of Philosophy in biology with emphasis in microbiology, biochemistry and Immunology from Clark Atlanta University.
After receiving her master’s degree, Dr. McKeithen taught and mentored both traditional and non-traditional students as adjunct professor of biology at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.
She then accepted an offer for the chance to adjunct online for Kaplan University in Davenport, Iowa, within the School of Health Sciences where she began teaching microbiology, immunology, genetics, and anatomy and physiology.
Her ability to efficiently expand and develop her teaching strategies within the School of Health Sciences lead to her being awarded several high distinctions and promotion to team lead. Along with teaching and mentoring her students, Dr. McKeithen had an instrumental role in the editing, reorganizing and restructuring of the microbiology program within the department.
Dr. McKeithen has also left her mark within the scientific community through numerous publications. Her interests have focused on studies in bioinformatics, immunology, microbiology, molecular cell biology, and virology, all in an effort to understand the interaction between diseases and the human body, specifically sexually transmitted infections.
As a PhD candidate, Dr. McKeithen received various awards in research presentations, as well as travel grants and scholarships to attend and present her research at prestigious conferences, including the American Society for Microbiology and Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Dr. McKeithen’s research projects include her thesis research titled, “Characterizing the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – 1 gene viral protein R (Vpr).” As a research assistant, her research centered on identifying the regulatory role of snail transcription factor in prostate cancer cells, and her dissertation research was titled, “The Role of the Inflammasome During Chlamydia Infection.
Dr. McKeithen continues to hold professional associations and memberships with American Society for Microbiology, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Lambda Academic Excellence and Leadership Honor Society, Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honorary Society, and Keystone Symposia.