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Dr. Contessa Edgar

Assistant Professor of Biology


Dr. Contessa Edgar most recently worked as an associate research scientist for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. She also served as an instructor in the graduate program in biomedical sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Norman.

During summer 2011, Edgar served as a substitute lecturer in cell biology at the University of Oklahoma. She previously served as a lecturer and teaching assistant in immunology and molecular genetics at the graduate school and medical school at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She also served as a chemistry lab assistant and tutor at the University of Sioux Falls. She was awarded one of three travel awards given by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in 2012 and has received training grants in immunology.

In 2002-03, she was named a Barry M. Goldwater scholar. She is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and the American Association of Immunologists. She received the “Seven Who Care” award in 2014, given by the OBU Student Government Association. She was the 2015 recipient of OBU’s Promising Teacher Award, given during Spring Commencement.


  • B.S. in Biology and Chemistry University of Sioux Falls,
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Immunology, Mayo Graduate School at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Courses Taught

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Cornerstones of Science
  • Science Capstone