STEM Pathways Instructor
Dr. Whitney Holden has been teaching at ASMSA since the fall of 2014. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Arkansas in 2009 and a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Vanderbilt University in 2014, where she was also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her dissertation research focused on immune defenses like antimicrobial peptides and symbiotic skin bacteria against the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Her research has been published in multiple academic journals including Science, Developmental & Comparative Immunology, Biological Conservation, and Applied & Environmental Microbiology. While completing her dissertation research, Dr. Holden also earned a Certificate in College Teaching from the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching. At ASMSA, she teaches AP Biology and Pre-AP Biology in a distance education program serving students in many high schools across the state of Arkansas. She is also an adjunct professor of chemistry at National Park College in Hot Springs and ASMSA’s representative to the University of Arkansas’s eVersity Academic Governance Council. In her spare time, she runs a successful YouTube channel for education in biology and loves to travel abroad.