Patricia Overdeep

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

Contact Information
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 I was a graduate student, I thought I wanted to be a researcher and to spend my days working in a laboratory.

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

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

I belong 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 me informed, and up-to-date on the science. Attending the annual meetings, seminars, and workshops of these and other groups helps me connect with others and to keep learning, which is something I very much enjoy.

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