Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Joe Deweese
Dr. Joe Deweese is Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the College of Pharmacy. His teaching responsibilities include Biomolecular Chemistry, Pharmacology, Integrated Biomedical Sciences Lab, and Applied Christian Values in Pharmacy. Dr. Deweese received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Freed-Hardeman University in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2009. During his graduate career, he was trained in the enzymology of DNA topoisomerases. His graduate research focused on the DNA cleavage mechanism of human type II topoisomerases and involved the development of a method for isolating topoisomerase II-mediated DNA scission from ligation. Dr. Deweese is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he collaborates with his graduate mentor, Dr. Neil Osheroff. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Deweese taught as an adjunct instructor for Lipscomb University's Biology Department. During graduate school, he tutored medical school students in Biochemistry and trained and supervised both undergraduate and graduate students in his mentor's research laboratory. His research interests include characterizing the mechanism of anti-cancer agents and enzymes that function on DNA. He and his wife Elizabeth have been married for eight years.
I was raised near St. Louis in the small city of Troy, IL and grew up in the church of Christ. From the time I reached high school, I knew I wanted to use my talents to serve the Lord. However, I really did not know exactly how that would happen. I had a deep interest in science and Christian evidences. More specifically, my interest in biochemistry and cancer stemmed from my brother’s battle with and victory over cancer while I was in high school. I wanted to understand more about what my brother faced, and I set my educational direction on biochemistry at Freed-Hardeman University. While at Freed-Hardeman, I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jerry Thornthwaite for three years studying several areas of cancer research. The more I learned about science and Christian evidences, the greater my faith in the Creator grew. As I neared the end of graduate school at Vanderbilt, I really began looking for a career that would enable me to use my professional skills and pursue my spiritual goals. The opportunity to teach in the College of Pharmacy has proven to be a tremendous blessing to my family and me. First, I have been able to use my academic training to teach students at an intense and focused level within my areas of training. Second, and more importantly, I have been blessed with the chance at Lipscomb to minister to the spiritual needs of students. This is something that I would be prevented from doing in many other settings. In addition, our values courses offer another opportunity to help students gain an understanding of their own faith. Lipscomb has offered me the unique opportunity to employ both my love for science and teaching and my desire to serve the Lord.