Title: Microbiology Educator, Research Scientist & Dean
Location: Saline, Michigan, United States
Charles D. Jeffries, PhD, Microbiology Educator, Research Scientist and Dean, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education, microbiology and immunology.
An esteemed figure in his industry, Dr. Jeffries has accrued nearly 55 years of professional excellence in the fields of academia, microbiology, and immunology. Formerly an adjunct instructor in the College of Health Professions at Davenport University in 2005, he was previously dean, professor, and chair of the department of microbiology and immunology of the Ross University School of Medicine in the West Indies from 1996 to 2000. Prior to these appointments, he served in various capacities with Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, from 1958 to 1996.
Alongside his professional endeavors, Dr. Jeffries previously served as a consultant for the VA Medical Center in Allen Park, MI, from 1989 to 1992, as a guest researcher for the Center of Disease Control and Prevention with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1980 to 1981, and as a bacteriologist and vice president of the Board of Basic Sciences for the state of Michigan from 1967 to 1972.
In preparation for his illustrious career, Dr. Jeffries first sought formal education, obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Georgia in 1950, followed by a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee in 1955. He subsequently completed postgraduate coursework at Purdue University from 1955 to 1956 before ultimately earning his coveted Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Tennessee in 1958.
A respected voice in his field, Dr. Jeffries maintains affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the Medical Mycology Division of the American Society for Microbiology, where he served as chair from 1977 to 1978 and councilor from 1976 to 1978, the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists, the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology, and Sigma Xi. Notably, he was elected a fellow of the American Society for Microbiology.
Dr. Jeffries has engaged in a number of civic duties with his local community, holding the position of president of the Saline Area Senior Council from 2009 to 2013, president of the Academy Senate at Wayne State University from 1989 to 1992, and a member of the EPA Advisory Panel at the American Institute of Biological Sciences from 1979 to 1980. He has been a member of the scientific advisory board for the Michigan Cancer Foundation and a councilor with the American Association of Basic Science Boards.
A contributor of numerous articles to professional journals, Dr. Jeffries has been recognized several times for his contributions to the scientific field, earning grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Previously a trainee with the ROTC, he delved into his profession as a result of being commissioned into the Medical Service Corps as a youth.
Married to Virginia Mae Alford since 1953, Dr. Jeffries has been inducted into a number of editions of Who’s Who publications, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World. He was named an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achiever in 2017.
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