Dr. Mack E. Crayton III holds a B.S. degree in biology from University of Louisiana at Monroe, a M.S. degree in Biology from Tennessee State University, Nashville and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Genetics from University of Connecticut, Storrs. He holds professional memberships with the International Society for Computational Biology and Genetics Society of America. Since 2005, Dr. Crayton has held a tenure track position of Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology at Xavier University of Louisiana where he teaches Genetics, Molecular Genetics and General Biology to undergraduate students. He also maintains independent research within the area of comparative genomics, and combines techniques in the areas of computational biology and molecular biology.
During his tenure at Xavier, Dr. Crayton has revised the curriculum for several Biology Laboratory courses (General Biology, Genetics and Molecular Genetics) by increasing the number of laboratory exercises that require techniques in molecular biology and also implemented exercises in Bioinformatics. He has developed an upper division Biology course in Bioinformatics that is tailored to the experimental needs of Biologists. He also has consulted on projects to create an interdisciplinary course in Bioinformatics that maybe cross-register between Biology and Computer Science Departments. Most recently, Dr. Crayton served on a committee to develop a Bachelor’s degree program in Public Health at Xavier University. He was a 2002 recipient of the Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers Award and has also been recognized for outstanding community service.