Professor of Biology
Leo Pezzementi is Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College. Dr. Pezzementi received his B.A. degree in Biology from LaSalle College and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Pharmacology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Additionally, he has been a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Pharmacology at Case-Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the Department of Neurobiology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine.
Dr. Pezzementi is currently Program Director for the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Reform of Introductory Science Courses for Non-Science Majors Program, which is funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles. Prior to assuming that position he was Director of the Mini-grant Program Subcommittee. Dr. Pezzementi was also an original member of the Steering Committee that prepared the grant proposal. The major objectives of the Program are to raise the level of science literacy of students at ACS member institutions and demonstrate the value of confronting this difficult and perplexing problem through collaborative efforts of faculty and institutions.
Dr. Pezzementi was Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics at Birmingham-Southern College from 1997-2001 and led the planning of the $25 million Elton B. Stephens Science Center, which opened in 2002. He is a strong proponent of undergraduate research, editing the Fourth Edition of the Directory of Research in Biological Sciences at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, published by the Council on Undergraduate Research. His research on the structure, function, and evolution of acetylcholinesterases has been funded by Research Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, and the National Institutes of Health, which is currently providing funding.