Patricia Overdeep

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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Patricia Overdeep
Helping students to learn and be successful is what makes me happy. My areas of expertise are: microbiology/infectious diseases, endocrinology, human physiology + nutrition.”


When she was a graduate student, Patricia Overdeep thought she wanted to be a researcher and to spend her days working in a laboratory.

Then she filled in for a professor who had a family emergency. The day she taught her first class was the day she fell in love with teaching, and she has been teaching ever since. It’s the thrill she feels when she sees eager curious students huddled over textbooks, writing papers, exchanging ideas and discovering knowledge that keeps her energized and excited about teaching.

Helping students to learn and be successful is what makes her happy. Overdeep's areas of interest and expertise are microbiology and infectious diseases, endocrinology, human physiology, and nutrition.

Overdeep belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the American Society for Microbiology, the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and the American Physiological Society. The journals, newsletters and blogs that these groups provide helps keep her informed and up-to-date on the science. Attending the annual meetings, seminars, and workshops of these and other groups helps her connect with others and to keep learning, which is something she very much enjoys.

Sample Courses

  • BIO2041: Human Physiology
  • SCI2031: Anatomy & Physiology
  • SCI1050: Nutrition
  • ILS4130: Disease and Culture

Professional Memberships

  • Northeast Branch of American Society for Microbiology (NEB-ASM), 2003–present
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS), 2011–present
  • Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB), 2012–present
  • American Physiological Society, 2017–present