Faculty

Dr. PhelpsEric Phelps, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma HSC

Office: HSH-NSW 202G

Office phone: 405.425.5426

Email: Eric Phelps

Dr. Phelps received his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. As a graduate student, Dr. Phelps was awarded a pre-doctoral grant from the American Heart Association to study how vascular cells regulate expression of genes involved in blood vessel development. After graduation, Dr. Phelps changed research fields for his post-doctoral fellowship to study how microscopic parasites communicate with the host cells they infect. Dr. Phelps most recent research on these parasites was published in the March 2011 issue of PLoS One. 

Dr. Phelps has now transitioned his research to industry as a Senior Scientist at the Oklahoma-based pharmaceutical company Charlesson LLC at Research Park in Oklahoma City.  His research at Charlesson focuses on ophthalmic diseases using diabetic and retinal degeneration models where he  works in collaboration with Charlesson's Chemistry Division on multiple projects.  Dr. Phelps and Charlesson LLC were recently awarded a two year research grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).  This grant will enable Dr. Phelps to develop industry-based research opportunities for undergraduates at Charlesson LLC.  His affiliation with a private pharmaceutical company now provides advanced OC students the opportunity to do industrial research and learn about its direct clinical applications.  Dr. Phelps is also incorporating aspects of this area of research into his classes and labs at OC.  His latest research related to the eye was published in the May 2014 issue of Investigative and Opthamology and Visual Science.

Dr. Phelps enjoys "teaching about the complexities of God's creation through biology", and "hopes to help every OC student find their passion". He and his wife Shannon attend the Memorial Road Church of Christ with their children Alexandra, Gabrielle, and Isaiah.


Mikell, Dr. AlAl Mikell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

  • B.S., University of Alabama
  • B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S., Auburn University
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech University

Office: HSH-NSW 202S

Office phone: 405.425.5406

Email: Al Mikell

Dr. Kris MillerKris Miller, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S., University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Office: HSH-NSW 202J

Office phone: 405.425.5305

Email: Kris Miller

Tim VanWagoner, Ph.D.Dr. Timothy VanWagoner

Adjunct Professor of Biology

  • A.S., York College
  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Office: HSH-NSW 202T

Office phone: 405.425.5409

Email: Tim VanWagoner

Dr. VanWagoner received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His research interests include pathogenicity factors in bacterial infectious diseases, bioinformatics, and bioethics.  Dr. VanWagoner has published twelve articles in peer reviewed journals.  He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology.  Dr. VanWagoner is also an Assistant Professor of Research in Pediatrics at OUHSC, an affiliation that provides enhanced research opportunities for OC students.

Dr. VanWagoner works at OC “to be a positive role model and mentor for students in order to encourage more people of faith to be actively engaged in the sciences.”  His favorite memory of OC was meeting his wife Aimee.  He attends Mayfair Church of Christ.