Marsha J. Howard

Marsha Howard

Instructor of Biological Sciences and Director of Animal FacilitiesOliphant Hall 330E

I have been working in biological education as an educator or researcher for the past 26 years.  My undergraduate degree in Biochemical laboratory technology prepared me to go into the field of biology with a broad range of skills.  After working in a college teaching laboratory for a few years I pursued my education degree as well.  Travel across the country allowed me to continue working in various areas of biological research as a Research Assistant.  Upon coming to Tulsa, I specialized in disease-causing amoeba and after working in the field for 10 years, completed my Masters degree in biomedical science.  Since the year 2000 I have been teaching High School Biology and Physical Science.  My position at TU offers me the best of both worlds: education and the opportunity to work with students, and the possibility of pursuing research interests in parasitology and microbiology.

Education and Degrees Earned

The State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, NY 
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Natural Science, 1983
Major: Biochemical Laboratory Technology

Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK
Degree: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, 2007
Major: Microbiology
Thesis: Characterization of the amebae isolated from the first confirmed case ofprimary amebic meningoencephalitis in Oklahoma.

Areas of Academic Specialty

Areas of Research Focus

Naegleria fowleri
Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis

Previous Teaching Experience

·        6 years at Broken Arrow Public Schools, Broken Arrow, OK
·        3 years at Wagoner High School, Wagoner, OK
·        2 years, Adjunct faculty, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, OK
·        3 years at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK
·        3 years at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
·        1 year at Lyme Central School, Chaumont, NY

Previous Relevant Work Experience

·        10 years research at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK
·        2 years research at Symex Corporation, Broken Arrow, OK
·        1 year research at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
·        2 years research at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
·        1 year research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Professional Affiliations

·        Oklahoma Academy of Science
·        Southwestern Association of Parasitologists
·        National Association of Biology Teachers
·        Association for Biology Laboratory Education

Awards & Recognition

  • Award of Excellence, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Madicine, 1996