Mr. James Wilkerson
Mr. Wilkerson started academic life as a Biochemist (B.S. – University of California at Davis; M.S. Duke University -- 1989) despite being more inclined toward Physics and Astronomy (University of Texas at Arlington – 1993 - 1997).
His academic employments have varied widely and have included (in order):
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta) working on typing E.coli bacteria strains to determine the risk each type poses for causing sepsis
The University of North Carolina – Laboratory of Mary Ellen Jones, (Chapel Hill, NC) isolating enzymes of the pathways for biosynthesis of pyrimidine nucleotides
Duke University graduate research on the action of a particular heme-like iron-containing structure in enzymes of fundamental importance to the ability of plants (and microorganisms) to utilize Nitrogen for their cellular biosynthesis.
Several commercial micro-analytical laboratories (in NC and TX) serving the community of industries that are legally required to manage their toxic waste. His special emphasis was on determination of dioxin contamination concentrations.
Mr. Wilkerson has also a taught great variety of subjects, lecture and lab, at various levels.
At the High School level: Basic Physics, “Nuclear” Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology, Oceanography, and Meteorology
College level: Intro and General Chemistry, Intro Physics, Astronomy, Biochemistry, and Exobiology
Also, one more tiny stint (3 lectures) – Medical School: Biochemistry
Since July 2010, he has been the Laboratory Manager at the Chemistry Department of the Citadel, where he has exercised his “jack-of-all-trades” persona as revealed by the experiences described herein.
Office Hours: by appointment
M.S. - Duke University, Durham, NC