Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18

Meet Our Faculty

Jacob, James R., Ph.D.

Professor, Biology

Jacob, James R., Ph.D.

B.S., Allegheny College
Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2010
Chancellor’s/Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2015


Dr. James R. Jacob received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, specializing in viral hepatitis and liver disease. He received a B.S. from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. for studies leading to a joint major in biology and chemistry.

Dr. Jacob has published over 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals during his two decades of scientific research performed at Baylor College of Medicine, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, and Cornell University. He is also listed as co-inventor on four patents, with several in application:

Aside from basic and applied scientific research sponsored by government and corporate sponsors, Dr. Jacob has taught medical, dental, veterinary and graduate students as well as directed the individual research projects of visiting scholars.

Dr. Jacob is co-Principle Investigator on the, “Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI).” This $3.5 million educational research project is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Research in the Sciences initiative. The CCURI is disseminating an inquiry-based teaching model where students are exposed to real world science through case study teaching in introductory courses coupled with hands-on research experience at their institution.  CCURI is providing resources for over 26 community college institutions across the national for faculty development opportunities.

Dr. Jacob developed the Biotechnology degree program at Tompkins Cortland that includes course work in microbiology, genetics and cell biology. Upon successful completion of requirements for an Associate in Science degree the student may transfer to a bachelor degree program.

"The carriage won’t go unless you have the horses to pull it."
-- Ancient Prussian proverb, anon.

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