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College of Public Health Advising

Christopher J. Woolverton, PhD

Professor - Environmental Health Sciences

Ph.D., Medical Microbiology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1986; M.S., Medical Microbiology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1984;  B.S. Biology (with honors), Psychology minor, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1982.

Christopher J. Woolverton, PhD is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the College of Public Health at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio; and serves as the Director of the Kent State University Center for Public Health Preparedness.  He is also on the Graduate Faculty of the Kent State University College of Public Health, School of Biomedical Sciences, and Department of Biological Sciences; and is on the hospital faculty of the Cooperative Medical Technology Program of Akron, OH. Woolverton received his graduate training in Medical Microbiology from West Virginia University School of Medicine.  He spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow studying cellular immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Woolverton has received additional training in Biological Safety, Security and Policy Analysis from MIT and Emory University, and pandemic planning from the University of Albany. Woolverton’s research is focused on the detection and control of bacterial pathogens.  He has been at Kent State since 1995.

Woolverton is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, the pedagogical journal of the American Society for Microbiology. He is a member of several societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Microbiology, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, the American Biological Safety Association, and the Association of Public Health Laboratories.  He is a contributor to numerous publications and abstracts and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for microbiology related journals and funding agencies, has six issued patents, and is the co-author of Prescott’s Microbiology.  He is an international lecturer on liquid crystal biosensors. Woolverton has served on the City of Kent Board of Health since 2005.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

1.    Fiester, S. (graduate student), S. Helfinstine, J. Redfearn (graduate student), R. Uribe and C. J. Woolverton, 2012. Electron beam irradiation dose-dependently damages the Bacillus spore coat and spore membrane. International Journal of Microbiology, Volume 2012, Article ID 579593, 9 pages, doi:10.1155/2012/579593.

2.    Fiester, S. (graduate student), A. Jákli, and C. J. Woolverton, 2011.  Optical Properties of a Self-Assembling Viral Coat Protein. Liquid Crystals, 38: 1153-1157.

3.    Fiester, S. (graduate student), J. Redfearn (graduate student), S. Helfinstine, T. Meilander and C.J. Woolverton, 2010. Lab Safety and Bioterrorism Readiness Curricula using Active Learning and Hands-on Strategies as Continuing Education for Laboratorians. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 11:14-20.

4.    Helfinstine, S.L. (graduate student), O.D. Lavrentovich and C.J. Woolverton, 2006.  Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals as Real-time Detector of Microbial Immune Complexes. Letters Applied Microbiology 43:27-32.

5.    Shiyanovskii, S.V., O. D. Lavrentovich, T. Schneider (graduate student), I.I. T. Ishikawa, Smalyukh, C. J. Woolverton, G. D. Niehaus, and K. J. Doane, 2005.  Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals for Biological Sensing Applications.  Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 434:259-270.

6.    Helfinstine, S. (graduate student), C. Vargas-Aburto, Roberto M. Uribe and C. J. Woolverton, 2005.  Inactivation of Bacillus Endospores in Envelopes using Electron Beam Irradiation.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 71, 7029-7032.

7.    Woolverton, C.J., E. Gustely (undergraduate student), L. Li (graduate student) and O.D. Lavrentovich, 2005.  Liquid Crystal Effects on Bacterial Viability.  Liquid Crystals 32, 417–423.

8.    Shiyanovskii, S.V., T. Schneider (graduate student), I.I. Smalyukh, T. Ishikawa, G. D. Niehaus, K. J. Doane, C. J. Woolverton, and O. D. Lavrentovich, 2005.  Director Distortions and Light Transmittance around Growing Immune Complexes in a Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystal:  A Real-time Microbe Detector.  Phys. Rev. E., 71, 020702.

9.    Woolverton, C.J., J. A. Fulton, S. Salstrom, John Hayslip (undergraduate student), Nairmeen Awad Haller, M. Wildroudt, M. MacPhee, 2001.  Tetracycline Delivery from Fibrin Controls Peritoneal Infection without Measurable Systemic Antibiotic.  Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 48:861-867.

10.  Woolverton, C.J., K. Huebert (undergraduate student), B. Burkhart (undergraduate student) and M. MacPhee, 1999.  Subverting Bacterial Resistance using High Dose, Low Solubility Antibiotics in Fibrin. Infection 27:28-33.

11.  Woolverton C.J., M. Singh, R. Brady W. Drohan and M. MacPhee, 1995.  Antibiotic Release from Fibrin Sealant.   Controlled Release of Bioactive Materials  22:750-751.

Research Areas
  • Infectious Disease
  • Biosafety
  • Biosensors
Christopher J. Woolverton, PhD
College of Public Health
Phone: 330-672-4648