Dr. Bradley Jett

James E. Hurley Professor of Biology
Office Location Wood Science Building, 119-B
Phone (Office) 405.585.4124
OBU Mailbox # 61772
Email brad.jett@okbu.edu


Brad Jett has won numerous awards for his research, including the Dean's Award for Applied Research, the Sigma Xi Young Investigator of the Year Award, and the OUHSC President's Award for Basic Research. Prior to joining the OBU family, he was a recipient of a National Institutes of Health grant, and a former staff and faculty member in the departments of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and Ophthalmology at Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Brad has led seminars at the University of Oklahoma, Washington University, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He is an active member of the Editorial Board of the American Society for Microbiology and in 2005 received their Award for Meritorious Service as a scientific journal reviewer. In the spring of 2002, Dr. Jett received OBU's Promising Teacher Award, and in 2008, he received OBU's Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a deacon and Sunday School teacher at University Baptist Church in Shawnee. He also coaches soccer for the Shawnee Youth Soccer Association, and is a volunteer for Family Promise and Habitat for Humanity. Dr. Jett and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Jennifer and Hannah.


  • B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University
  • M.S., University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Dissertation: “Biological Activities and Contribution to Virulence of the Enterococcus faecalis Cytolysin”

Courses Taught

  • GNSC 1201: Cornerstones of Science
  • BIOL 1999: Research Methods and Biostatistics
  • BIOL 2274: Microbiology (and Laboratory)
  • BIOL 3014: Molecular and Cellular Biology (and Laboratory)
  • BIOL 4014: Genetics (and Laboratory)
  • BIOL 4044: Developmental Biology (and Laboratory)
  • BIOL 4329: Immunology
  • GNSC 4951: Science Capstone
  • BIOL 4999: Independent Studies in Biology
  • He also teaches the Honors Life Science Colloquium.

Selected Publications

  • S. Kobayakawa, B.D. Jett, and M.S. Gilmore. 2005. Biofilm Formation by Enterococcus faecalis on Intraocular Lens Material. Current Eye Research. 30:741-745.
  • P.S. Coburn, C.M. Pillar, B.D. Jett, W. Haas, and M.S. Gilmore. 2004. Enterococcus faecalis senses target cells and in response expresses cytolysin. Science. 306:2270-2
  • B.D. Jett. 2002. Host Defense Against Ocular Infection. In: Duane's Foundations of Clinical Ophthalmology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • B.D. Jett and M.S. Gilmore. 2002. Internalization of Staphylococcus aureus by Human Corneal Epithelial Cells: Role of Bacterial Fibronectin-Binding Protein and Host Cell Factors. Infection and Immunity. 70:4697-4700.
  • B.D. Jett and M.S. Gilmore. 2002. Host-Parasite Interactions in Staphylococcus aureus Keratitis. DNA and Cell Biology. 21:397-404.
  • M.C. Callegan, M. Englebert, D.W. Parke II, B.D. Jett, and M.S. Gilmore. 2002. Bacterial Endophthalmitis: Epidemiology, Therapeutics, and Bacterium-Host Interactions. Clinical Microbioogy. Reviews. 15:111-124.
  • M.S. Gilmore, M. Callegan, and B.D. Jett. 2000. Enterococcus faecalis Cytolysin and Bacillus cereus Bi- and Tricomponent Hemolysins. In: Bacterial Protein Toxins: A Comprehensive Sourcebook, 2nd Edition, J.E. Alouf and J.H. Freer Eds., Academic Press, London.