Mayne Named as New Assistant Professor of Biology

Katharine Mixter Mayne of Fulton is a new assistant professor of biology at William Woods University.


Mayne attended the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, and completed her AB at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she graduated magna cum laude with high honors in biochemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in biology at the California Institute of Technology.


Most recently, she was an adjunct professor of biology at WWU for a year and before that was a visiting assistant professor at Westminster College. From 1993 to 2000 she was an assistant professor at Birmingham-Southern (Ala.) College. From 1988 to 1993 she was an assistant professor at Vassar College.


Mayne is an active member in her community, serving as Cub Scout den leader and cubmaster for Pack 50, committee member for Boy Scout Troop 53 and board member for Callaway County’s Habitat for Humanity. She also is a member and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Fulton, involved in AIDS ministry and a lecturer to various community groups.


She was a recipient of an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health for her research titled “New Virulence Factors from Streptococcus pneumoniae.”


Mayne is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, Council on Undergraduate Research and Project Kaleidoscope.