Marsha J. Howard, M.S. - The University of Tulsa
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Marsha J. Howard, M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Director of Animal Facilities


Marsha Howard, M.S., has been an Instructor of Biology and Director of Animal Facilities since 2009. She has been the Coordinator for the Freshman Biology Laboratories since 2019. Other courses she has taught include Anatomy, Microbiology for the Health Professions and a student favorite, Plagues and Pestilence. Her research area has involved free-living, opportunistic pathogenic amoeba.

Awards and Honors

Recipient of multiple “Most Valuable Professor” from student athletes.


  • M.S., The University of Tulsa
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University College of Health Sciences
    • Dissertation: “Characterization of the Amebae Isolated from the First Confirmed Case of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis in Oklahoma”
  • B.S., SUNY College of Technology at Utica/Rome

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Naegleria fowleri
  • Pathogenic amoeba
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology