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Mrs. Elsie Smith

Associate Professor of Biology
135 White Hall, Box 1848
Union University
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
(731) 661-5251


  • B. A.; Union University, Jackson, Tennessee
  • M. S.; University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • Additional Study in Radiation Biology; University of Tennessee, Memphis

Majors Advised

  • Pre-Medicine

Courses Commonly Taught

  • BIO 211: Microbiology

Research/Scholarship Interests

  • Testing the effects of herbs and spices on bacterial growth.

Recent undergraduate research projects supervised

  • "The antimicrobial effect of allcin extracts of garlic (Allium salivum) on Staphylococcus epidermidis" (Robert Cusanelli).
  • "Examination of the incidence of Salmonella on organic and commercially produced eggs" (Kelly Meyer).
  • "The effects of a strong electromagnetic field on the growth of E. coli." (Daniel Holsinger).
  • "Negative antimicrobial effects of cilantro extract on Sarcina lutea and E. coli" (Benjamin Pham).
  • "Inhibition of the growth of Sarcina lutea by extracts of spearmint, Mentha spicata" (Heather Higdon).


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