Dr. Paul Hyman, Associate Professor

Dr. Paul Hyman

Associate Professor of Biology
Chair, Department of Biology and Toxicology
Kettering Science Building
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  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as chair of the Department of Biology and Toxicology
  • Teaches courses in Human Biology, Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life, Nursing Microbiology, Genetics, Journal Club, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Emerging Pathogens
  • Research centers on bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria. Bacteriophages are found wherever bacteria are found: essentially anywhere there are living organisms. Dr. Hyman’s research focuses on two areas: the ecology of bacteriophages living in soil, and the isolation of bacteriophages especially those useful for phage therapy.  Phage therapy is the use of bacteriophages, which kill bacteria, as antibiotic-substitutes. Both areas have in common the problem of matching bacteriophages to the correct host.  In soil, where there are many species of bacteria, how do bacteriophages find susceptible hosts? For phage therapy, how can isolation methods be changed to maximize the chance of finding useful bacteriophages?
  • Taught at MedCentral College of Nursing (now the AU Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences), and Ohio State University; and did research at the Arizona Cancer Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tufts University and NanoFrames, a biotechnology startup


University of Arizona, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics
Northwestern University, B.A. in Biochemistry

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