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Dr. Kevin E. Shuman

Assistant Director of STEM Initiatives

Why I Teach

I teach to provide my students with the philosophy that learning is not rote memorization but understanding available information and applying it toward answering new questions or developing novel solutions to relevant problems. I also want to provide my students with the skills needed to successfully compete after graduation.

Professional Activities

My primary job is to administer the Cannon Scholars (S-STEM) Program, which is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Undergraduates majoring in biology, biological chemistry, environmental science, and mathematics that meet the requirements of the Cannon Scholars Program are eligible for scholarships and are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research.

My major research interests are in environmental microbiology, microbial physiology, and evolutionary biology. Current research projects focus on how bacteria are affected by and transform organic compounds used in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and pesticides. Improper use and disposal of these compounds result in their accumulation within the environment, which may select for bacteria capable of their biodegradation.

Undergraduate students involved in this research present their results at scientific conferences, such as the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Microbe, the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Upon the successful completion of their project, students participate in the writing and publication of their research.

Research funding is provided through financial support from an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH grant no. P20GM103446, Delaware INBRE program, 2014-2019); a National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research grant EPS-0814251 (Delaware EPSCoR program, 2013-2018); an NSF S-STEM grant 1355554 (2014-2019); and the State of Delaware.


  • J. D’Souza, K.E. Shuman, D.E. Wentzien, Kristopher P. Roeske. 2018. Working with the Wesley College Cannon Scholar Program: Improving Retention, Persistence, and Success. Journal of STEM Education 19:31-40.
  • M. Hilzinger, V. Raman, K.E. Shuman, B.J. Eddie, T.E. Hanson. 2018. Differential RNA Sequencing Implicates Sulfide as the Master Regulator of So Metabolism in Chlorobaculum tepidum and Other Green Sulfur Bacteria. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84:e01966-17. PMID: 29150516
  • E. Shuman, T.E. Hanson. 2016. A Sulfide:Quinone Oxidoreductase from Chlorobaculum tepidumdisplays unusual kinetic properties. FEMS Microbiology Letters 363:1-8. PMID: 27190141
  • C. Biswas, L.L. Barton, W.L. Tsui, K.E. Shuman, J. Gillespie, C.S. Eze. 2011. A Novel Method for the Measurement of Elemental Selenium Produced by Bacterial Reduction of Selenite. Journal of Microbiological Methods86:140-144. PMID: 21536079
  • J. D’Souza, K.E. Shuman, A.O. Omondi, D.N. Kevill. 2011. Detailed Analysis for the Solvolysis of Isopropenyl Chloroformate. European Journal of Chemistry2:130-135. PMID: 21881623
  • J. D’Souza, K.E. Shuman, S.E. Carter, D.N. Kevill. 2008. Extended Grunwald-Winstein Analysis – LFER Used to Gauge Solvent Effects in p-Nitrophenyl Chloroformate Solvolysis. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 9:2231-2242. PMID: 19330071


  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, University of Delaware
  • B.S. in Biology, Wesley College

Courses Taught

  • SN100 Frontier of Science: Life in Extreme Environments
  • BI218 Microbiology Laboratory
  • BI335 Immunology and Immunohematology Laboratory
  • BI404 Biology Senior Seminar
  • ES404 Environmental Science Senior Seminar
  • BI406 Research Methods
  • BI407 Experimental and Project Research
  • BI435 Environmental Microbiology
  • ES506 Research Methods

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