Amanda Williams, M.S.

Instructor of Biology
Undergraduate Research Coordinator

I moved to Nashville from Providence, KY in 1999 to attend Lipscomb University as an undergraduate. I came to Lipscomb expecting to earn a degree in Chemistry and become a pharmacist, but God had other plans for me. Upon graduating from Lipscomb with a degree in Biology, Rick and I married and I took a job working in a microbiology laboratory at Vanderbilt University. It was in that laboratory that I learned to appreciate some of God’s smallest creatures. In the years since, my research experience has broadened to include the study of myeloid translocation genes and their role in colon injury. I have learned that no matter what I am studying in the laboratory, my wonder and awe of God’s creation is only fueled by new discoveries. My only hope is that I will be able to teach undergraduates about microbiology and research and witness as they also discover the intricacies of God’s creation. I hope that I can model for them what it means to be a Christian scientist. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, reading, and traveling. We are very involved with our church, Otter Creek, and enjoy finding different ways to serve the greater Nashville community with our church family. I am also passionate about missions. 2010 marked the third year I have traveled with Lipscomb students to Lima, Peru; this was my first time as the faculty team leader. I am organizing a new trip to Lima for winter break, and plan to help lead the medical mission team again in May of 2011.

Education: M.S. Laboratory Investigation, Vanderbilt University, Nashville (2008); B.S. Biology, Lipscomb University (2003)

Professional Experience: Lipscomb University: Instructor of Biology (2010-Present), Student Research Coordinator (2010-Present); Vanderbilt University: Lab Manager, Dr. Chris Williams Lab (2007-2010); Research Assistant II, Dr. Richard Peek Lab (2003-2007)

Courses Taught: Introduction to Microbiology and Biomolecular Research Methods

Professional Areas of Interest: Microbiology, Cancer, and Biomedical Research

Scholarly Activity: Whitten CW, Williams AD, Williams CS. (2010). Murine Colitis Modeling using Dextran Sulfate Sodium (DSS), JoVE. Issue 35, http://www.jove.com/index/details.stp   O’Brien DP, et al. The Role of Decay-accelerating Factor as a Receptor for Helicobacter pylori and a Mediator of Gastric Inflammation. The Journal of Biological Chemistry 2006; 281; 13317-23.

Church: Otter Creek

Personal: Born September 18, 1981 in Henderson, Kentucky. Married to Rick (2003). Daughter, Anna (b. 2009)