Valley Community College
Science Division
Paradise Valley Community College - Science Division Faculty
Debra Adair

Office: LS-212
Phone: (602) 787-7822
Fax: (602) 787-6942
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology from University of New Mexico
Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Molecular Genetics from Northern Arizona University
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Microbiology from Warsaw Medical University

Courses Taught
BIO205 - Microbiology
BIO221 - Biotechnology

Biographical Information
Dr. Adair is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her interest in science began with a research internship program at the University of New Mexico, working for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). During her work at LANL, she finished her bachelors and completed her masters in molecular genetics on Yersinia pestis (Bubonic plague) for internationally known anthrax researcher, Dr. Paul Keim at NAU. Her work at LANL and NAU focused on novel identification of worldwide strains of both anthrax and plague.

After receiving her masters degree, Dr. Adair moved to Phoenix, Arizona and began research at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Adair pursued her interest of viruses studying HIV and Hepatitis C. Her doctoral research studied the impact of viral replication in autopsy brain tissue and genetic expression due to a disease response in Hepatitis C (HCV). Using molecular genetics analysis her research suggested for the first time that there may be a biological basis for the neuropsychiatric symptoms and cognitive impairment associated with HCV infection.

She completed her Ph.D. in the field of medical microbiology working with a joint collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the Medical University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland.

Today Dr. Adair greatly enjoys teaching students in Microbiology and Biotechnology at PVCC.
Dr. Adair enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling. And, of course, she has a great love for New Mexican food!
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