Dr. Elaine Vanterpool graduated from Oakwood (College) University (OU) in 2001 with her B.S. in Biology. She received her Ph.D in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Loma Linda University with expertise in Microbial Pathogenesis. After completing a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, she accepted an Assistant Professor position at OU in 2006. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and then to Professor of Biological Sciences in 2017. Dr. Vanterpool accepted the position of Chair of Biological Sciences in 2019. While at OU, she has been a recipient of seven federal and non-federal grants where she served at Principal Investigator or Co-PI. During her time at OU, she has mentored over seventy-five undergraduate students in research. Many of her students (mentees) have matriculated into professional and/or graduate programs. Dr. Vanterpool is the sponsor of several OU clubs and organizations on campus including the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and the Oakwood Biomedical Association. She is the Chair of the OU Research Symposium Committee and the Editor-in-Chief of OU Biology News. Dr. Vanterpool is the Title III SAFRA/RESIR Biology Coordinator where she oversees, coordinates, and generates data for the Biology SAFRA-RESIR portion of Title III. As coordinator, she helped to develop a Gene Expression Core and Tissue Culture facilities and is currently completing the Molecular Proteomics facility in the Department of Biological Sciences. In addition to the development of the research infrastructure, she ensures that all instructional laboratory infrastructure in the department has been updated. In addition, she started and coordinated the Annual OU STEM and Biomedical Research Symposium, OU Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research Symposium, and the Annual Microbial Pathogenesis Research Symposium where OU students have an avenue to present their research findings. Dr. Vanterpool has a passion for educating and engaging minority K-12 students in science. She is a part of the Oakwood Adventist Academy (OAA) Scientific Review Committee, OAA Curriculum Committee, volunteer science teacher for the OU Child Development Lab (developed full comprehensive science curriculum), and coordinator for workshops and symposiums for OAA for K-12 students. She is the academic advisor for OAA dual enrollment students taking science classes in at OU. In addition, she coordinated and directed the STEM Accelerated Bootcamps for students grades 5-8 and currently uses her service-learning general microbiology class to help develop and innovate the K-12 STEM and research curricula at OAA. She is currently the service-learning coordinator for biology. Of her greatest accomplishments, Dr. Vanterpool is most proud of being the wife of Dr. Jevon Vanterpool (19 years) and mother to her four amazing children Jayden Vanterpool (17), Jasmyn Vanterpool (13), Jordon Vanterpool (12), and Janaia Vanterpool (10).