BS in Biochemistry, University of Missouri
MA in Biochemistry, Duke University
PhD in Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan
Dr. “Jerm” Day-Storms joined the faculty at Southeastern in 2006 after over a decade of studying and researching biochemistry. He started his biomedical research as an undergraduate, working on amyloid proteins—a class of proteins involved in a wide array of disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and atherosclerosis. At the University of Michigan, his research focused on the mechanism of ribonuclease P, an essential enzyme found in all living organisms. Dr. Day-Storms was awarded multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants for this research.
Dr. Day-Storms completed his first postdoctoral research position at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in the University of Michigan Health System, where he researched DNA repair mechanisms involved in autoimmune disorders. In 2005, he moved to the University of Arkansas to study electron transport of mitochondrial enzymes using lasers.
Even though Dr. Day-Storms enjoyed the challenge of the laboratory, he missed the personal interactions that occur with students in the classroom. Previously, he had enjoyed teaching biochemistry and biology freshman proseminar courses while at the University of Missouri and a biochemistry class at the University of Michigan. He decided to leave the biomedical research lab, therefore, and return to working directly with students, gracing Southeastern with his extensive knowledge, experience, and commitment to quality teaching.
At Southeastern, Dr. Day-Storms teaches General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Biochemistry, and Special Topics in Chemistry (e.g. Enzymology/Fall 2008). His research interests include nucleic acid biochemistry and mechanistic studies of enzymes.