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Kelly Cowan

Marjorie M. (Kelly) Cowan
Professor of Microbiology

Middletown Campus
116J Johnston Hall


Academic Interests

Kelly has been a faculty member in the microbiology department of Miami University since 1993. While at Miami, Dr. Cowan has published several book chapters, a major review article, and two dozen research articles stemming from her work on bacterial adhesion mechanisms and plant-derived antimicrobial compounds. Her anti-adhesion research has been externally funded and is the subject of two patents.

Kelly is also an avid teacher and pedagogical researcher. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of College Science Teaching, the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and The Teaching Professor. She is the recipient of a Celebration of Teaching Award sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.

She is national chair of the Undergraduate Education Committee of the American Society for Microbiology and past chair of ASM's Division W. She is past president of the Ohio Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. From 2003-2005 she served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of Miami University Middletown; and was the campus Dean from 2005-2009.

After stepping down as dean Kelly created the Miami University Middletown Community Building Institute (CBI), an independently funded organization that helps create strong neighborhoods and is spearheading the downtown revitalization in Middletown. She now chairs the CBI board.

Her McGraw-Hill textbook, Microbiology: A Systems Approach is in its third edition. She is also the author of Microbe Files: Case Studies for the Undergraduate (Pearson). Her third textbook, Fundamentals of Microbiology: A Clinical Approach, was published in January of 2012.


Selected Publications

  • Rendle, P.M., A. Seger, J. Rodrigues, N.J. Oldham, R.R. Bott, J.B. Jones, M.M. Cowan, B.G. Davis. 2004. Glycodendriproteins: A synthetic glycoprotein mimic enzyme with branched sugar-display potently inhibits bacterial aggregation. J. Am. Chem. Soc.126: 4750-4751.

    This paper was chosen as one of the most significant research stories of 2004 by Chemical and Engineering News:

  • Budu, C.E., J. Luengpailin, M.M. Cowan and R.J. Doyle. 2003. Virulence factors of Porphyromonas gingivalis are modified by polyphenol oxidase and asparaginase. Oral Microbiol. Immunol. 18:313-317.
  • Cowan, M.M., K. Abshire, S.L. Houk, S.N. Evans. 2003. Antimicrobial efficacy of a silver-zeolite matrix coating on stainless steel. J. Industrial Microbiol. Biotechnol. 30:102-106.


Microbiology: A Systems Approach, 3rd Edition Cowan, M.M.
Microbiology: A Systems Approach. 3rd Edition,
2012. McGraw-Hill.

The Microbe Files Cowan, M.M.
The Microbe Files: Case Studies in Microbiology for the Undergraduate.
2002. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA.

Fundamentals of Microbiology: A Clinical Approach Cowan, M.M.
Fundamentals of Microbiology: A Clinical Approach.
2013. McGraw-Hill.


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