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Dr. Contessa Edgar

Chair, Division of Science
Associate Professor of Biology

Office Location Wood Science Building, 117-A
Phone (Office) 405.585.4131


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.

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 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 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 Clinic College of Medicine

Courses Taught

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

Selected Publications

Edgar CE, Terrell DR, Vesely SK, Wren JD, Dozmorov IM, Niewold TB, Brown M, Zhou F, Frank MB, Merrill JT, Kremer Hovinga JA, Lämmle B, James JA, George JN, and Farris AD. Ribosomal and immune transcripts associate with relapse in ADAMTS13-deficient thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. PLoS One. 2015 Feb 11;10(2):e0117614.

Edgar CE, Lindquist LD, McKean DL, Strasser A, Bram RJ. CAML regulates Bim dependent thymocyte death. Cell Death Differ. 2010 Oct;17(10):1566-76.

Kumar A, Humphreys TD, Kremer KN, Bramati PS, Bradfield L, Edgar CE, Hedin KE. CXCR4 physically associates with the T cell receptor to signal in T cells. Immunity 2006 Aug;25(2):213-24.

Tran DD, Edgar CE, Heckman KL, Sutor SL, Huntoon CJ, van Deursen J, McKean DL, Bram RJ. CAML is a p56Lck-interacting protein that is required for thymocyte development. Immunity 2005 Aug;23(2):139-52.

Creager CE, Hammar SO, Jacobs MW, Kalda JW, Mayer SJ, McCall BJ, Volkert JM, and Soeffing WJ. The Effects of Hyperbaric Environment-Induced pH Changes on the Generation Times of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Sciences. 2002(81):267.


  • American Association of Immunologists
  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
  • Alpha Chi Honor Society