Center Director, Program Director, Sr. Lecturer
James Coker is the Director of the Center for Biotechnology Education.
He earned two Bachelor of Science degrees (Zoology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) as well as a Minor in Philosophy, from Oklahoma State University. He then went on to receive his PhD in the BMMB Department at The Pennsylvania State University, which focused on the relationship between activity and stability in proteins. After a postdoc at The Center for Marine Biotechnology, he started a lab at UAB that focused on unlocking the mechanisms of how microorganisms adapt and respond to their environment.
In addition to research, James has taught for eight institutions over the last 25 years. During that time he has worked to improve STEM education and advocated for increasing access to education for adult and military students as well as career changers and underserved populations.