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Dr. Phillip W. Archer
Associate Professor
Director Minority Health Research Initiative


B.A. Hampton Institute
M.S. Central Michigan University
Ph.D. Howard University College of Medicine
OFFICE Ellison Hall, Room 321
(804) 257-5692

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Archer graduated from Hampton Institute with a B.A. degree in biology in 1977. He earned a Master's degree from Central Michigan University in Management and Supervision in 1981, with a concentration in Health Care Management. In 1988 he earned a Doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics from Howard University's College of Medicine. In 1997 he published his book Key Concepts of Physiology, which for a time was adopted as a textbook at several universities across the country. Dr. Archer serves as Executive Director of the Mid-Eastern Alliance for Minority Participation Program (MEAMP), and Director of the Minority Health Research Initiative. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and a member of the American Physiological Society. His research interests involve the neurobiology of cardio-respiratory control, and ethnic differences in susceptibility to disease and therapeutic countermeasures against disease. Dr. Archer’s current research activities concentrate on environmental and hereditary factors associated with infant mortality.


BIO 324 Principles of Physiology
BIO 412 Research in Biology
BIO 406 Vertebrate Embryology
BIO 411 Research Techniques in Biology
NSC 260 Introduction to Environmental Science
NSC 290 African American Perspectives in Science