Darrin R. Akins, Ph.D.

Department of Microbiology & Immunology 
Associate  Dean for Research, College of Medicine
Director, Oklahoma INBRE Program
President's Associates Presidential Professor 
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Dr. Akins is Principal Investigator of the almost $19 million Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) award. OK-INBRE is funded by the National Institutes of Health and its main goals are to: (i) improve statewide research infrastructure, (ii) enhance the number and diversity of students that go into biomedical research careers and health professions in Oklahoma, and (iii) increase the number of independently funded research faculty and physician faculty in Oklahoma. He has served on numerous NIH grant review panels and has been on multiple editorial boards. He was the Graduate College Assistant Dean for five years where he was in charge of directing all summer undergraduate research and training programs on the OUHSC campus. He served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Medicine from 2012 to 2018 where worked at enhancing and promoting research and technology development in the College of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Akins serves as the Associate Director for Education and Training at the Stephenson Cancer Center.

In addition to his Administrative role in the College of Medicine, Dr. Akins is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) where he studies Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne infection in the United States. His Lyme research program has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2000. His laboratory has revealed that many proteins are expressed by the organism that causes Lyme disease in specific tick or mammalian host environments. This unique protein expression has important implications in human disease progression and treatment strategies. Currently, his laboratory is focused on identifying a vaccine or disease-modulating therapeutic to help treat and prevent Lyme disease.

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Bioinformatics Core Director
David Dyer,  Ph.D.
Microbial Pathogenesis and Microbial Genomics
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Biomedical Research Center, room 362
975 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
405.271.1201  x1 


Dawn Hammon
Program Manager
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK  73104

Stephanie Odparlik
Staff Accountant
940 Stanton L Young Blvd, Room 1045
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
405-271-2133 x.46614

M. Caleb Marlin, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of GPiBS - Summer Program Coordinator
940 Stanton L Young Blvd, Room 332
Oklahoma City, OK  73104

Jennifer Schlegel
Special Programs Coordinator
940 Stanton L Young Blvd, Room 332
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405-271-2406 x12406


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