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Amanda Williams is an assistant professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. She received her bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biology from Lipscomb in 2003, her master of science (M.S.) in Laboratory Investigations from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2008, and her doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Microbiology and Immunology from Meharry Medical College in 2018.
Williams joined the faculty in the department of Biology in 2010. She teaches a wide variety of courses, including undergraduate Biomolecular Research Methods, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and graduate Microbial Pathogenesis and Cellular and Molecular Physiology, along with other research-based courses. In addition to teaching, she has a very active laboratory where she mentors both graduate and undergraduate students in research each year. Her laboratory focuses on activation of immunoproteasomes during viral infections. She has also continued her doctoral work on human alpha defensin-5 in Inflammatory Bowel Disease; a work that continues in collaboration with researchers and clinicians at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Research students in her laboratory have presented their research at international, regional, and local conferences. Williams was awarded Top Scholar from Meharry Medical College (2018), Best Clinical Podium Presentation (along with collaborators at MMC and VUMC) at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting (2016), and the CLAS Excellence in Scholarship Award (2015).