DR. STEPHEN M. WRIGHT
Phone: (615) 898-2056
Fax: (615) 898-5093
Jones Hall 330
MTSU Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
B.A. (Liberal Arts), Northwestern College
B.S. (Natural Science), University of North Dakota
M.S. (Microbiology), University of N.D. Medical School
Ph.D. (Microbiology), University of N.D. Medical School.
Epidemiology of Lyme/STARI (Southern tick associated rash illness) and Rocky Mountain
Spotted Fever—roles of arthropod vectors and avians. Development of a biosensor—a
collaborative project with colleagues in chemistry and physics. The sensor, based
on surface electromagnetic wave shifts that occur in photonic band gap coated substrates,
detects antigen-antibody binding as well as DNA-probe hybridization in the absence
of any labels.
Author/co-author on 20 papers, published in: American Journal of Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Infection, Virology, Journal of
Clinical Microbiology, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Nutrition Research, Journal
of Medical Entomology, Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. Over 50 presentations at meetings.
MTSU Foundation Outstanding Teacher, 1997
President, Tennessee Academy of Science, 2005
Fellow, Tennessee Academy of Science
MTSU Foundation Outstanding Research Award, 2010
Outstanding Honors Faculty Award, 2009, 2011
GRADUATE PROGRAM ROLE:
Serve as thesis advisor and committee member to M.S. degree candidates.
Member of Faculty 21, associated with Project Kaleidoscope, an organization of faculty
from colleges and universities nationwide dedicated to improving science education.
Received over $1.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department
of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Education.