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Malcolm Campbell

Professor of Biology, Genomics
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

Primary Research Interests

Genomics, synthetic biology, DNA sequencing. Campbell's publications include Integrating Concepts in Biology, which discusses models and improved methods to introduce students to biology, and Discovering Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics, both of which he co-authored with Prof. Laurie Heyer in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Campbell and Heyer recently worked with a team of biology and mathematics students from Davidson and Missouri Western State University on a new offshoot of Programmed Evolution, developing CellEX as an in vivo method to identify new aptamer sequences and riboswitches that can bind to novel ligands.

Video Clips

  • Genomics Overview

    Genomics is a fairly large field, says Malcolm Campbell. Through applied research and basic research, genomics tells us far more than just about the DNA sequence of genomes. For instance, scientists and medical practitioners are looking at how genes are "switched on" (and off), which sheds light on how particular diseases should be treated.

  • Physicians Using Genomics

    According to Campbell, personalized genomic medicine should be the primary route of treatment carried out by physicians. The price of treatment remains prohibitive, yet successful treatment without side effects should outweigh the cost of treatment.

  • Ethical Issues with Genomics

    Genomic sequencing allows people to learn important health-related information about themselves, such as the diseases they have or might develop. Malcolm Campbell discusses ethical issues that accompany this breakthrough scientific advance.

  • STEM Education in the United States

    What is the most effective way for students to learn in STEM fields? Malcolm Campbell, who co-authored a recent e-textbook that has received high praise from educators and scientists, says students who learn through active engagement in the classroom will be the most successful at retaining the information.

  • Brain Drain a National Problem

    Malcolm Campbell explains that the United States is suffering from "brain drain" in the sciences. Funding for biomedical research in the U.S. is low and unpredictable, and, as a result, budding scientists are going to Europe and Asia where funding is more accessible.

In the Media

Additional media interviews and stories can be found on our news website.

Nature: Davidson's Malcolm Campbell on Synthetic Biology (podcast)
Ibiology: Life at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution