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Josephine I. Ebomoyi, PhD

Title: 1) Associate Professorial Lecturer in Microbiology; 2) Assistant Professor in Microbiology
Company: 1) Saint Xavier University; 2) Northern Illinois University
Location: Oak Lawn, Illinois, United States

Josephine I. Ebomoyi, PhD, associate professorial lecturer of microbiology at Saint Xavier University and assistant professor of microbiology at Northern Illinois University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in clinical microbiology education.

With over two decades of experience to her credit, Dr. Ebomoyi has excelled in the field of clinical microbiology education. Currently excelling as an associate professorial lecturer in microbiology at Saint Xavier University since 2020 and as an assistant professor in microbiology at Northern Illinois University since 2017, she is dedicated to teaching microbiology to nursing students, designing labs, aligning classroom teaching with laboratory activities, mentoring students in research, and helping students design projects through online interactions.

Prior to these positions, Dr. Ebomoyi was active as an adjunct professor in microbiology at Saint Xavier University starting in 2009. She began her career as a certified clinical lab scientist, certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists in the early 1990s.

Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Ebomoyi pursued an education at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in parasitology. She continued her academic efforts at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, earning a Master of Science in public health. She concluded her studies at the University of Northern Colorado, earning a PhD in philosophy in 2004.

Following these accomplishments, Dr. Ebomoyi has been an active presenter at clinical presentations and conferences for undergraduate education with The American Society for Microbiology. She has also contributed articles to peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education and CourseSource.

Beyond her responsibilities within the field, Dr. Ebomoyi has participated in various civic engagements. She has served on the No Smoking Committee and as the president of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program at Saint Xavier University. Additionally, she was the past board president of St. Maria Goretti Old Girls International for four years.

In light of her impressive undertakings, Dr. Ebomoyi has accrued several accolades throughout her career. She has been recognized by the Intellectbase International Consortium and received travel awards from STEM Women of Color and The American Society for Microbiology. She is also a fellow of the Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring Network, funded by the National Science Foundation, and has been recognized by the Research Experience in Microbiomes Network.

Dr. Ebomoyi attributes her success to her lifelong passion for teaching, which began at the age of six, and her desire to be in the health profession to help people without dealing directly with patients. The highlight of her career was obtaining her PhD and excelling during the COVID-19 pandemic by developing innovative microbiology labs that stimulated students’ metacognitive and critical thinking skills.

Looking ahead, Dr. Ebomoyi aspires to develop and establish a school of clinical lab science. She hopes to enhance her credibility, direct a school, and create more opportunities for others in health care. She plans to submit her application to be an editor for the Journal of Bacteriology, continue her active involvement with the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and the American Society for Microbiology, and mentor future professionals. Her advice for aspiring professionals is to remain passionate about their field, seek opportunities for growth, and always strive to connect their learning to real-life applications.

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