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Jessica Anne Scoffield, PhD

Jessica Anne Scoffield, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Heersink School of Medicine. Dr. Scoffield received her Bachelor’s (2002) and Master’s (2004) degrees in Biology from Tuskegee University and her doctoral degree in Microbiology from Auburn University in 2012. Her dissertation research explored the role of glycerol metabolism on Pseudomonas aeruginosa adaptation during chronic infection. Dr. Scoffield completed her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Hui Wu in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at UAB where she developed expertise in oral microbiology. Following the completion of her postdoctoral training, Dr. Scoffield accepted a primary appointment in the Department of Microbiology at UAB in 2018. Dr. Scoffield also holds secondary faculty appointments in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Scoffield’s laboratory examines the role of oral commensal Streptococci in polymicrobial oral and lung infections. Her research program has led to the discovery of novel antimicrobial mechanisms used by oral commensal bacteria to inhibit the oral pathogen Streptococcus mutans and the prominent lung pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Dr. Scoffield’s laboratory is funded by a R00 from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and a R35 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.