Jeramia Ory

Jeramia Ory

Associate Professor of Biochemistry

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis

NCCJ St. Louis


Jeramia Ory is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. He teaches Molecular Biology and Genetics in the PharmD program and Genetics in the School of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include the role of metal ions in fungal pathogenesis, fungal response to high levels of metal in the soil, and bioinformatic characterization of mitochondrial heteroplasmy.

In addition to his teaching and research duties, Dr. Ory is also the Undergraduate Health Professions Advisor, where he advises students interested in various health care fields. As a Certified Diversity Facilitrainer he helps develop and co-facilitate experiences for the Social Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity PharmD co-curriculum. He is committed to teaching, learning and dismantling all forms of systemic oppresion in our society.


  • Fungi
  • Bioinformatics / Genomics
  • Data Analytics
  • Social Justice / Anti-Racism


  • PhD in Biochemistry

    University of Minnesota

  • BS in Biochemistry

    University of Nebraska



Certified Diversity Facilitrainer

NCCJ St. Louis

Jan 2018 – Present St. Louis, MO
  • Successfully completed the Facilitrainer Certification Program
  • Co-designed and delivered the professional Social Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity co-curriculum at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis
  • Facilitated conversations about race as part of DAP’s Listen, Talk, Learn series
  • Co-designed and delivered a 3-day workshop about social identities and systems of oppression called “Building Inclusive Campuses” for St. Louis Community College board members, adminstration, faculty and staff

Associate Professor of Biochemistry

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis

Aug 2015 – Present St. Louis, MO
  • Research advisor, junior through Professional Year 4 students.
  • Classes taught

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology and Genetics (PharmD Program)
    • Genetics
    • Introduction to Data Science
    • Introductory Chemistry
  • Undergraduate Health Professions Advisor

  • Chair, Undergraduate Admissions and Progressions


Assistant and Associate Professor of Biology

King’s College

Aug 2006 – Aug 2015 Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Research advisor, freshman through senior students
  • Classes taught
    • Genetics
    • Biochemistry
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Junior Research Seminar
    • Bioinorganic Chemistry
    • Human Genetics (Physician Assistant Program)
  • Health Professions Advisor
  • Chair, Academic and Professional Affairs Committee

Biochemical Information Specialist

Rutger’s University

Dec 2004 – Aug 2006 Piscataway, NJ
  • Standardize the chemical information content of the PDB ligand database using a combination of commercially available libraries and open source tools.
  • Annotation of submitted macromolecular structures
  • Assurance of proper data structure
  • Author correspondence.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Washington University School of Medicine

Sep 1998 – Oct 2004 St. Louis, MO
  • Characterized a novel copper sensing and transport system in the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans.
  • Supervised the construction of molecular tools utilizing this system as an inducible promoter.
  • Developed purification protocols, characterized and crystallized nucleotide sugar processing enzymes from the same organism.
  • As a member of a structural genomics team, purified and crystallized protein complexes associated with Helicobacter pylori pathogenicity islands.
  • Using NMR spectroscopy, designed millisecond timescale experiments (TROSY- CPMG) to study the dynamics of intestinal fatty acid binding protein mutants found in the human population.
  • Established automatic scripts to streamline high volume data processing.













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