Jennell Talley

Dr. Jennell M. Talley

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Jennell Talley is a Georgia native. She attended McEachern high school in Powder Springs, Ga., and then went to Shorter College in Rome Ga., where she graduated with a B.S. in biology. Talley attended Vanderbilt University and graduated with a Ph.D. in biology. Her research centered on understanding protein and RNA interactions that occurred in the telomerase complex in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisae. Due to her research, Talley is most interested in understanding fundamental biological processes at the molecular level. She enjoys teaching an array of subjects including but not limited to molecular and cellular biology, genetics and biochemistry.

Talley entered graduate school with the goal of becoming a college professor. She is deeply interested in how students learn and how to help students learn important concepts. She also works hard to understand why students have misunderstandings of certain concepts. From these common misunderstandings, Talley tries to design lecture activities that will allow students to work with and change those misconceptions so that they might be able rebuild a better understanding of concepts.

Talley's current research interests are centered more on the scholarship of teaching and learning, but she is also open to working with students who might have a specific interest in any topic related to genetics or molecular biology.


  • Doctorate – biological sciences – Vanderbilt University
  • Bachelor’s – biology – Shorter College

Academic Interests

  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology


  • Hickory Stick Award – Best Teaching Assistant – Vanderbilt University