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Sean T. Coleman, Ph.D.

Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics • Professor of Biology


Smith-Broyles Science Building 104
Sean T. Coleman, Ph.D.

I am originally from Wisconsin and have enjoyed the sciences as long as I can remember. Whether it was visiting the ocean, playing in the forest, or collecting bugs and snakes I loved it all.  I followed this passion to a small liberal-arts college where I received the personal attention I needed to be successful.  Because of this education I knew that I wanted to be a professor at a small liberal-arts college.  With the help and support of my professors there I was able to attend the University of Iowa and receive my Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics with a dissertation using Molecular Genetics. After earning my Ph.D. I accepted the position at the University of the Ozarks in 2000.  I really enjoy teaching, challenging, and mentoring students in class and lab at the University it has long been my favorite part of the job.  When not working with students and colleagues I enjoy spending time with my family including my wife, three children, and three dogs. As a family we love to watch movies, spend time outdoors, and play hobby board games.

Special Projects / Initiatives

My research interests include how organisms interact with their environment and how microorganisms and humans interact. Recently, my primary interest is involving students to investigate how bacteria interact with humans and the role bacteriophages may play.

I currently have three projects that undergraduate students are working on:

  1. Understanding how humans and microorganisms interact by studying bacterial prevalence via microbial community analysis using next generation sequencing.
  2. Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics of bacteriophages from soil that infect bacteria of the phylum Actinobacteria.
  3. Studying how eukaryotic cells respond to oxidative stress.