Associate Professor/ Vice Chair of Biology

Biography

I have focused my interests on the neutrophil. Specifically, the involvement of neutrophils in the production of T cell recruiting chemokines during Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) infection of human corneas. In the lab we use a novel ex vivo model for HSV-1 corneal infection in which chemokine secretion by the corneal cells and neutrophils may be studied. During experiments we use human corneal tissue supplied by the Georgia Eye Bank, Inc. and neutrophils purified from donated human blood.I am committed to training undergraduate and masters students at UWG. I have been awarded multiple intramural grants from COSM and UWG to support student research, which has been presented at meetings of the American Society for microbiolgy and published in peer reviewed journals. Working with undergraduate students within one of only two biohazard level II laboratories here at UWG requires a high level of commitment to train students in protocols and safety. It provides me with great satisfaction when my students successfully graduate to medical college, or research positions having completed a clinically orientated research experience.

Education / Degrees

  • B.Sc., Microbiology, University of Surrey, UK, 1993
  • Ph.D., Virology, University of Bristol, UK, 1997
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • BIOL-3310 (Microbiology) Section: 02
    • BIOL-4985 (Medical Virology) Section: 08
    • BIOL-4986 (Medical Internship) Section: 04
    • BIOL-4986 (Intern Piedmont Newnan Hospita) Section: 05
    • BIOL-5729 (Medical Virology) Section: 01

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • BIOL-3310 (Microbiology) Section: 03
    • BIOL-4727 (Essentials of Immunology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4729 (Medical Virology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-5727 (Essentials of Immunology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-5729 (Medical Virology) Section: 01

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • BIOL-1013 (Biol of AIDS & Infect Disease) Section: E01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • BIOL-3310 (Microbiology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-3310 (Microbiology) Section: 02

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • BIOL-3310 (Microbiology) Section: 03
    • BIOL-4727 (Essentials of Immunology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4729 (Medical Virology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4986 (Biological Internship) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4986 (Intern/bench: Physical Therapy) Section: 04
    • BIOL-5727 (Essentials of Immunology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-5729 (Medical Virology) Section: 01

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • BIOL-1013 (Biol of AIDS & Infect Disease) Section: E01
    • BIOL-4986 (Physical Therapy 3) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4986 (Physical Therapy 3) Section: 02

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • BIOL-3310 (Microbiology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-3310 (Microbiology) Section: 02
    • BIOL-4984 (Senior Biology Seminar) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4986 (Physical Therapy 2) Section: 02
    • BIOL-6984 (Graduate Biology Seminar) Section: 01

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • BIOL-4727 (Essentials of Immunology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4729 (Medical Virology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-5727 (Essentials of Immunology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-5729 (Medical Virology) Section: 01

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • BIOL-1013 (Biol of AIDS & Infect Disease) Section: N01
    • BIOL-4986 (Physical Therapy) Section: 02
    • BIOL-4986 (Internship/ Dr. Larry Price) Section: 04

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • BIOL-3310 (Microbiology) Section: 01
    • BIOL-3310 (Microbiology) Section: 02
    • BIOL-4984 (Senior Biology Seminar) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4986 (The Stewart House Internship) Section: 01
  • Publication List

    S. Molesworth-Kenyon, *A. Mates, R. Yin, J.E. Oakes and R.N. Lausch. Virology. 333:1-9. 2005.

    S.J. Molesworth, C.M. Lake, C.M. Borza, S.M. Turk and L.M. Hutt-Fletcher. Journal of Virology. 74(14):6324-6332. 2000.

    C.E. Thorburn, S.J. Molesworth, R. Sutherland and S. Rittenhouse. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 40 (12):2796-2801. 1996.

    S. Molesworth-Kenyon, J.E. Oakes and R.N. Lausch. Journal of Leukocyte Biology. 77:552-559. 2005.

    R.R. Fenton, S. Molesworth-Kenyon, J.E. Oakes and R.N. Lausch. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 43(3):737-743. 2002.

    T.M. Tumpey, R. Fenton, S. Molesworth-Kenyon, J.E. Oakes and R.N .Lausch. Journal of Virology. 76(16):8050-8057. 2002.

    C.M. Lake, S.J. Molesworth and L.M. Hutt-Fletcher. Journal of Virology. 72(7):5559-5564. 1998.

    S. J. Molesworth-Kenyon, A. Milam*, A. Rockette*, A. Troupe*, John. E. Oakes and Robert. N. Lausch. Current Eye Research. Sep 10:1-9. 2014.

    S. Molesworth-Kenyon, *N. Popham, A. Milam, J.E. Oakes and R.N. Lausch. International Journal of Inflammation. Special issue, Ocular Inflammation and Infection. Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 810359

    S. Molesworth-Kenyon, R. Yin, J.E. Oakes and R.N. Lausch. Journal of Leukocyte Biology. 83:401-408. 2008.

  • Skills and Resources

    Microbiology

    Skills include, aseptic technique, tissue culture, microscopy, bio- hazardous material handling, ELISA, viral propagation etc.