Athenia Oldham

Athenia Oldham

Associate Professor, Department Chair
Biology Program
Department of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
ST Room 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: General Biology I, Molecular Biology, and Immunology.
  • Graduate: Molecular Biology, Virology, and Immunology.

Select Publications:

  • 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.