Latanya Hammonds-Odie

Dr. Latanya P. Hammonds-Odie

Associate Professor of Biology

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Biography

Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie vividly remembers the moment that she realized that college-level teaching was the career for her. She felt that her undergraduate professors were fair, not always popular and willing to work as hard as she was.

As a teacher and researcher, she wants undergraduate students to discover the joys and challenges of basic science research. She expects students to "own" what they have learned. A class session should be a discussion, rather than a lecture, so that she can be a facilitator of learning and not a transmitter of facts.

Students must feel that the faculty member is genuinely concerned about their well being, not only academically for the years that they spend in college, but also in their development as a leader in their corner of the world. She believes that providing the best preparation for life is the goal of teaching. Not only must students be challenged to strive for excellence in the lecture hall and in the laboratory, they must have the ability to work collaboratively and to network effectively.

Student learning should include improving basic social and communication skills. She has taken great pride in listening to students present their own research in a competent and professional manner. Sometimes, she marvels at the transformation of the student from one who would like to avoid talking about their research to one who is eager and radiates excitement about her own scientific investigations.

Education

  • Doctorate – cell biology – University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Master's – pharmacology – University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bachelor's – biochemistry – Spelman College

Academic Interests

  • Activities that encourage undergraduate, particularly minority, students to pursue careers in biomedical research

Publications

  • “Who Me? I’m Not Biased: Embracing Diversity to Improve Creativity,” Angela Wandinger-Ness, Paula Bubulya, Latanya Hammonds-Odie, Veronica Segarra, and Maria-Elena Zavala, article in American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter, vol 39 (4), pp. 16-18, 2016.
  • “Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity,” Welkin H Pope, Charles A Bowman, Daniel A Russell, Deborah Jacobs-Sera, David J Asai, Steven G Cresawn, William R Jacobs Jr, Roger W Hendrix, Jeffrey G Lawrence, Graham F Hatfull, Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science, Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education, Mycobacterial Genetics Course, eLife, April 2015. (as a member of SEA-PHAGES)
  • “MAC FRED Program Mock Study/Review Session” article in the American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter, vol 38 (1), p. 28-29, 2015.
  • Laboratory Manual: Principles of Biology I, BIOL 1107K Georgia Gwinnett College, School of Science and Technology, Second Edition, Judy Awong-Taylor, Cindy Achat-Mendes, Pratima Adhikari, Allison D’Costa, Michael Erwin, Latanya Hammonds-Odie, Patricia Huey, Lee Kurtz, Jennell Talley and Candace Timpte, Fountainhead Press:Southlake, TX, August, 2014.
  • “A Theme Based Experimental Methods Course Provides Research Experience for Biology Majors,” Diane Dorsett and Latanya Hammonds-Odie, Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, 35, 110-114, 2014.
  • “E.E. Just Lecture” article in the American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter, vol 37 (1), p. 34-35, 2014.
  • Laboratory Manual: Principles of Biology I, BIOL 1107K Georgia Gwinnett College, School of Science and Technology, Judy Awong-Taylor, Pratima Adhikari, Allison D’Costa, Michael Erwin, Latanya Hammonds-Odie, Patricia Huey, Lee Kurtz, Jennell Talley and Candace Timpte, Fountainhead Press:Southlake, TX, July 2013.
  • “Permeation of Roxarsone and its Metabolites Increases Caco-2 Cell Proliferation,” G.S. Bayse, L.P. Hammonds-Odie, K.M. Jackson, D.K. Tucker and W.G. Kirlin, Advances in Biological Chemistry, 3(4):389-396, 2013.
  • “A New System for Comparative Functional Genomics of Saccharomyces Yeasts,” A. Caudy, Y. Guan, Y. Jia, C. Hansen, C. DeSevo, A.P. Hayes, J. Agee, J. Alvarez, H. Arellano, D. Barrett, C. Bauerle, P.H. Bradley, J.S. Breunig, E. Bush, D. Cappel, E. Capra, W. Chen, J. Clore, P. Combs, C. Doucette, O. Demuren, P. Fellowes, S. Freeman, E. Frenkel, D. Gadala-Maria, R. Gawande, D. Glass, S. Grossberg, A. Gupta, L. Hammonds-Odie, A. Hoisos, J. Hsi, Y-H.H. Hsu, S. Inukai, K.J. Karczewski, X. Ke, M. Kojima, S. Leachman, D. Lieber, A. Liebowitz, J. Liu, Y. Liu, T. Martin, J Mena, R. Mendoza, C. Mhryvold, C. Millian, S. Pfau, S. Raj, M. Rich, J. Rokicki, W. Rounds, M. Salazar, M. Salesi, R. Sharma, S. Silverman, C. Singer, S. Sinha, M. Staller, P. Stern, H. Tang, S. Weeks, M. Weidmann, A. Wolf, C. Young, J. Yuan, C. Crutchfield, M. McClean, C.T. Murphy, M Llinas, D. Bostein, O.G. Troyanskaya and M.J. Dunham, Genetics, 195: 275-287, 2013.
  • “Fluorescent Lipids as Probes for Sphingosine Kinase Activity by Capillary Electrophoresis,” P.M. Yangyuoru, L. Hammonds-Odie and S.M. Mwongela in Methods in Molecular Biology Series: Vol 984 Capillary Electrophoresis of Biomolecules, N. Volpi and F. Maccari, eds., Humana Press, 2013, pp. 329-340.
  • “Strategies and Tactics of Grantsmanship Seminar” article in the American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter, vol 34 (1), p. 29, 2011.
  • “SHP-2 Mediates Target-Regulated Axonal Termination and NGF-Dependent Neurite Growth in Sympathetic Neurons," B. Chen, L. Hammonds-Odie, J. Perron, B.A. Masters and J.L. Bixby, Developmental Biology, 252: 170-187, 2002.
  • “A Primary Culture of Guinea Pig Gallbladder Epithelial Cells that is Responsive to Secretagogues,” P.J. Gunter-Smith, O. Abdulkadir, L. Hammonds-Odie, M. Scanlon and R. Terrell, American Journal of Physiology: Liver and Gastrointestinal Physiology, 279: G866-G874, 2000.
  • “The Purification and Assay of Inositol Polyphosphate-binding Proteins,” by A.B. Theibert, G.D. Prestwich, T.R. Jackson and L.P. Hammonds-Odie in Signalling by Inositol Lipids and Inositol Phosphates: A Practical Approach, S. Shears, ed., IRL/Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 117-150.
  • “Identification and Cloning of Centaurin – alpha: A Novel Phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate Binding Protein from Rat Brain,” L.P. Hammonds-Odie, T.R. Jackson, A.A. Profit, I.J. Blader, CW. Turck, G.D. Prestwich and A.B. Theibert, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 271: 18859-18868, 1996.
  • “Initiation and Maintenance of NGF-Stimulated Neurite Outgrowth Requires Activation of a Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase,” T.R. Jackson, I.J. Blader, L. Hammonds-Odie, C.R Burga, F. Cooke, P.T. Hawkins, A.G. Wolf, K.A. Heldman and A.B. Theibert, Journal of Cell Science, 109:289-300, 1996.
Invited Presentations
  • “Inclusion and Diversity: Role of Scientific Societies,” Spring 2017 Environments and Metrics in Biology and Education Research (EMBER) Network, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO, June 2017.
  • “Approaches to Teaching RNA-Seq Analysis to Undergraduates,” RNA-Seq for the Next Generation Workshop 2016, DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Labs, June 2016.
  • “Challenges and Opportunities for Minorities and Women,” American Society for Cell Biology, Minorities Affairs Committee, Junior Faculty and Postdoc Career Development Workshop and Faculty Research and Education Development Program Workshop, San Juan, PR, June-July 2014, Houston, Texas, July 2015 and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, July 2016.
  • “The Supermodel Types are Completely Absent: Women in Science," GGC Intersections: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender and Sexuality, Lawrenceville, GA, March 2014.
  • “Exploring Gallbladder Organogenesis in a Zebrafish Model System,” Dillard University, New Orleans, LA, April 2008.
  • “Finding a Niche,” MBRS-RISE Program Seminar Series, Albany State University, Albany, GA, April 2006.
Student Presentations at National Meetings
  • Exploration of Human Pancreatic Cancer by Undergraduates as Entry Point into Next-Generation Sequence Analysis,” Tabatha Grainger, Terrence Toussaint, James Russell, Latanya P. Hammonds-Odie, ASCB 2016 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2016, P11. 
  • “The Second Time Around at GGC: Isolation, Characterization and Annotation of Four Novel Mycobacteriophages: Phighter1804, Hope4ever, Mufasa and Zombie,” Y. Nikolaeva, D. Coleman, M. Fuller, S. Kessel, B. Skelnar, M. Towler, GGC PHAGES Program Students, A. Barrera and L. Hammonds-Odie, The 5th Annual SEA-PHAGES Symposium, Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Janelia Farms, Ashburn, VA, June 2013.
  • “Discovering Mundrea: Isolating and Annotating GGC’s first phage,” B. Balom, M. Samuel, A. Nguyen, L. Hammonds-Odie and A. Barrera, The 4th Annual SEA-PHAGES Symposium, Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Janelia Farms, Ashburn, VA, June 2012.
  • “Preliminary Investigation into Essential Proteins involved in Late Mitosis and Cytokinesis using HeLa Cells,” Krishna Patel, A. Barrera and L. Hammonds-Odie, The 7th Annual Symposium on Prostate Cancer, Clark Atlanta University, Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutics, Atlanta, GA, May 2011.
  • “Preliminary Investigation into the Molecular Associations of the chromosomal Passenger Complex Proteins (COC) at the Kinetochore during Mitosis using HeLa Cells,” D. Thoms, A. Barrera and L. Hammonds-Odie, The 7th Annual Symposium on Prostate Cancer, at Clark Atlanta University, Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutics, Atlanta, GA, May 2011.

Distinctions

  • Spelman College Presidential Award for Junior Faculty in Teaching