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Derek Dube, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Director of the First Year Seminar Program
Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees Ph.D., University of Virginia
B.S., James Madison University
Contact Information


American Society of Virology
American Society of Microbiology
Council on Undergraduate Research

Courses Taught

First Year Seminar: Life on Mars?
Honors Capstone: Plagues and Peoples
Introduction to Biological Research
Genetics Lecture and Lab
Microbiology Lecture and Lab


Derek Dube has published numerous scientific articles in journals such as the Journal of Virology, Genome Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and others. He has published education-based research articles in journals including The American Biology Teacher, Simulation & Gaming, To Improve the Academy, and more. Additionally, Derek co-authored the book “What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching” through Stylus Publishing. He has spoken nationally at many venues about his scholarship in science and education, and won the 2022 Reverend John J. Stack Teaching Excellence Award.


His scientific research focuses on the “hidden” microbiology of the local environment, as well as understanding mechanisms of viral infection. Additionally, his education-based research focuses on improving equity, inclusion, and efficacy in higher education teaching.

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