BA in Biology, College of the Holy Cross
PhD in Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Patrick Bilder joined the faculty at Southeastern in the spring of 2017 as an adjunct and in the fall of 2017 as a full-time faculty member. Prior to joining Southeastern, Dr. Bilder completed 6 years of postdoctoral research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM). During his postdoctoral tenure, Dr. Bilder worked independently and in team-based research to investigate the biochemical role of Mycobacterium tuberculosis protein Rv2623 in tuberculosis latency.
As a doctoral student, Dr. Bilder resolved the crystallographic structure of Iron-sulfur cluster protein A, an important iron donor in a highly conserved, iron utilization pathway. Later, as a staff researcher at Louisiana State University (funded by Pfizer Global Research and Development), he applied his crystallographic expertise to elucidate the binding mechanisms of bacterial Acetyl-CoA carboxylase-directed inhibitors and identified a novel zinc-binding motif responsible for regulating expression of the carboxyltransferase subunit. Dr. Bilder’s pre- and postdoctoral research fellowships were funded by NIH grants and his research findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
During Dr. Bilder’s research fellowships, he had several opportunities to mentor high school interns, college interns, and, on occasion, graduate students. Although committed to research, he was inspired by the challenge of ensuring that each student had a solid contextual understanding for his/her contribution to the laboratory and the hypothetical framework that guided the experimental approach. These mentorship experiences coincided with formal training in teaching methods and additional teaching experiences at the high school and college level. The classroom environment enables Dr. Bilder to convey his enthusiasm for the sciences, to cultivate independent and creative analytical thinkers, to foster skills in collaboration and presentation, and to forge a solid theoretic and technical foundation that supports a career path in science and biomedicine.