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Allison Wiedemeier
Associate Professor
School of Sciences
GARR 214
318-342-3313
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Allison M Wiedemeier, PhD
Associate Professor, Biology

Education

Ph D

1998, Biological Sciences
Univeristy of Missouri- Columbia

BS

1992, Biological Sciences
Drake University

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Biographical Sketch

Allison is a teacher at heart.  She has been an instructor at the college level for over 20 years.  Prior to moving to Louisiana, she worked as a Resident Instruction Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of her job.  She actively engages her students through interactive lectures and by using innovative teaching methods.  She continually seeks ways to enrich her teaching and the classroom experience.  She is fortunate to teach students at every level of education, from freshman to graduate students and regularly teaches classes outside of her expertise.

Allison has two main research interests.  She is currently conducting a research study into the use of metacognitive activities within the General Microbiology classroom.  This research stems from her work with the Biology Scholars program associated with the American Society for Microbiology.  She also has an active research lab in the Biology department which focuses on the interaction between viruses, bacteria and plant hosts.  She seeks motivated graduate and undergraduate students that wish to investigate the use of bacteriophage as bio-control agents to work with her.

As her role as the Chair of the University of Louisiana Pre-medical Advisory Committee, Allison is also involved in helping students that are applying to medical school, physician assistant school, dental school and other medically associated programs.  She, along with other faculty, advise students about which classes to take, and ultimately the application process, encouraging them to succeed. 

Allison is a dedicated member of the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  She strives to do her best, for students, for peers and for her school.

Research Interests

Allison's lab focuses on the intersection of microbes and plants.  She has always been interested in the control of growth within plant tissue.  Therefore, the production of plant galls by the bacterial pathogen, Rhizobium radiobacter (formerly Agrobacterium tumefaciens) interests her.  Early studies in the lab focused on the structural changes that occur in the plant after infection, but recent interest has focused on the use of bio-control agents as a method to inhibit Rhizobium radiobacter infection.  Currently students in the lab isolate, culture and characterize bacteriophages that can infect and destroy the bacterial pathogen. Multiple studies are ongoing in the lab: 

  •  Biofilm interaction studies using phages on Rhizobium radiobacter
  •  Host range identification on isolated phages
  •  Superimmunity studies
  •  Genomic annotation
  •  Taxonomic description

Awards & Honors

July 2016 Lilllian L and Fred A Marx Endowed Professorship in Biology.

July 2015 Lilllian L and Fred A Marx Endowed Professorship in Biology.

August 2014 Lillian L and Fred A Marx Endowed Professorship in Biology.

November 2013 Accent on Excellence Educator of the Year.

August 2013 ULM Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.

April 2013 Faculty Award of Excellence.

April 2013 Outstanding Faculty of Teaching.

January 2013 Biology Program Nominee for Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

2013 Nominee forTom and Mayme Scott Professorship in Teaching Excellence.

October 2011 Top 10 Faculty and Staff Members of ULM 2011-2012.

March 2011 Biology Department Nominee for the College of Arts and Science Teaching Award.

October 2010 Top 10 Faculty and Staff Members of ULM 2010-2011.

March 2010 Biology Department Nominee for the College of Arts and Science Teaching Award.

October 2009 Top 10 Faculty and Staff Members of ULM 2009-2010.

Courses Taught

BIOL 1020Principles Of Biology I, 2 course(s)

BIOL 1021PRINCIPLES BIOLOGY I LAB, 8 course(s)

BIOL 1023PRINCIPLES BIOLOGY II LAB, 2 course(s)

BIOL 2014INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY, 17 course(s)

BIOL 2015INTRO MICRO LABORATORY, 25 course(s)

BIOL 2020CELL BIOLOGY, 18 course(s)

BIOL 2021BACTERIOPHAGE: IN SITU, 3 course(s)

BIOL 2023BACTERIOPHAGE: IN SILICO, 3 course(s)

BIOL 4011Microbes and Man, 1 course(s)

BIOL 4022HISTOLOGY, 5 course(s)

BIOL 4068GENERAL VIROLOGY, 3 course(s)

BIOL 4099SENIOR BIOLOGY SEMINAR, 2 course(s)

BIOL 4112MICROBES AND MAN, 3 course(s)

BIOL 5005RESEARCH METHODS, 1 course(s)

BIOL 5006RESEARCH METHODS LABORATORY, 1 course(s)

BIOL 5007SEMINAR, 2 course(s)

BIOL 5096Special Topic:Cell & Molecular, 1 course(s)

UNIV 1001University Seminar, 1 course(s)