Athenia Oldham

Athenia Oldham

Associate Professor, Department Chair
Biology Program
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology
ST 2228

Biology Program

Department of Biology


  • PhD in Biology, 2010. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. At UTPB since 2015.

Research Area:

  • Current research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of quorum sensing and biofilm formation in microbes isolated from corrosive environments.

Current Teachings:

  • Undergraduate: BIOL 1306/1106 (General Biology), BIOL 1308/1108 (Non Majors Biology), BIOL 3153 (Human Physiology lab), BIOL 4322 (Molecular Biology), and BIOL 4323 (Immunology)
  • Graduate: BIOL 6322 (Molecular Biology), BIOL 6303 (Virology), and BIOL 6323 (Immunology)
  • High Impact Courses: UNIV 1101 (Freshman Seminar), BIOL 4395 (Bioresearch), BIOL 6392 (Research in Biology)

Select Publications:

  • Marks CR, Duncan KE, Nanny MA, Harriman BH, Avci R, Oldham AL, and Suflita JM. 2021. An integrated metagenomics and metabolomics study of hydrocarbon biodegradation and corrosion in navy ships. Npj Materials Degradation ( DOI:
  • Domzalski A, Perez SD, Yoo B, Velasquez A, Vigo V, Pasolli HA, Oldham AL, Henderson DP, Kawamura A. 2021. Uncovering potential interspecies signaling factors in plant-derived mixed microbial culture. Bioorg Med Chem, 42:116254.
  • Oldham AL, Sandifer V, Duncan KE. 2019. Effects of sample preservation on marine microbial diversity analysis. J. Microbiol. Methods, 158 (6-13).
  • Bonifay V, Wawrik B, Sunner J, Snodgrass EC, Aydin E, Duncan KE, Callaghan AV, Oldham A, Liengen T, Beech I. 2017. Metabolomic and Metagenomic Analysis of Two Crude Oil Production Pipelines Experiencing Differential Rates of Corrosion. Frontiers in Microbiology. 8:99.
  • Oldham AL, Steinberg MK, Duncan KE, Makama Z, Beech I. 2017. Molecular methods resolve the bacterial composition of natural marine biofilms on galvanically coupled stainless steel cathodes. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. 44(2):167-180. doi: 10.1007/s10295-016-1887-7.
  • Lee JS, Ray RI, Little BJ, Duncan KE, Aktas DF, Oldham AL, Davidova IA, Suflita JM. 2014. Issues for storing plant-based alternative fuels in marine environments. Bioelectrochemistry. 97:145-53.