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Department of Biology
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


Jackson State University’s degree options in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional studies, as well as for entering the job market. Students can elect to specialize in Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Pre-Health Careers(Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, etc.), or Pre-Health Career Prerequisites (Pre-Dental, Hygiene, Pre-Nursing).


Ashton T. Hamme II







Associate Professor

Jackson State University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
1400 J. R. Lynch Street
P.O. Box 17910
Jackson, MS 39217-0510

Physical location:

John A. Peoples Science Building
Office: room #539


Tel: (601) 979-3713
Fax: (601) 979-3674

Hamme Research Group


Organic Chemistry Part I CHEM 241
Organic Chemistry Part II CHEM 242
Organic Chemistry Laboratory Part I CHML 241
Organic Chemistry Laboratory Part II CHML 242
Advanced Organic Synthesis CHEM 738

Research Interests: Organic chemistry

The Hamme research group is interested in the synthesis of biologically active heterocyclic containing natural products and their synthetic analogues. Our synthetic approach usually incorporates a 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of a 1,3-dipole with a functionalized alkene or alkyne to afford the corresponding heterocyclic compound which usually serves as a precursor to a more complex ring system. Our research group is also interested in the use of pure water as a reaction medium for organic synthesis.

Selected publications

Dadiboyena, S.; Valente, E. J.; Hamme, A. T. II “Synthesis of Novel Pyrazoles via [2+3]-Dipolar Cycloaddition Using Alkyne Surrogates” Tetrahedron Lett. 2010, 51, 1341-1343.

Ellis, E. D.; Xu, J.; Valente, E. J.; Hamme, A. T. II “Construction of Novel Spiroisoxazolines via Intramolecular Cyclization/Methylation” Tetrahedron Lett. 2009, 50, 5516-5519.

McClendon, E.; Omollo, A. O.; Valente, E. J.; Hamme, A. T. II “Oxonium Ion Mediated Synthesis of 4-Substituted Spiro-Isoxazolines” Tetrahedron Lett. 2009, 50, 533-535.

Dadiboyena, S.; Valente, E. J.; Hamme, A. T. II “A Novel Synthesis of 1,3,5-Trisubstituted Pyrazoles through a Spiro-pyrazoline Intermediate via a Tandem 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition/Elimination” Tetrahedron Lett. 2009, 50, 291-294.

Xu, J.; Hamme, A. T. II “Efficient Access to Isoxazoles from Alkenes” Synlett 2008, 919-923.

Rasulev, B. F.; Toropov, A. A.; Hamme, A. T. II; Leszczynski, Jerzy. “Multiple linear regression analysis and optimal descriptors: predicting the Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein inhibition activity” QSAR & Combinatorial Science 2008, 27, 595-606.

Dadiboyena, S.; Xu, J.; Hamme, A. T. II “Isoxazoles from 1,1-Disubstituted Bromoalkenes” Tetrahedron Lett. 2007, 48, 1295-1298.

Xu, J.; Wang, J.; Ellis, E. D.; Hamme, A. T. II “Spiroisoxazoline Synthesis via Intramolecular Cyclization/Methylation” Synthesis 2006, 3815-3818.

Song, Y.; Xu, J.; Hamme, A.; Liu, Y-M. “Capillary Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry of Tetrahydroisoquinoline Derived Neurotoxins: Study on the Blood-Brain Barrier of Rat Brain” J. Chromatogr. A 2006, 1103, 229.

Hamme, A. T. II; Xu, J.; Wang, J.; Cook, T.; Ellis, E. “Synthesis of Functionalized 5,5-Disubstituted Isoxazolines via 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition Reactions of Geminal Disubstituted Alkenes” Heterocycles 2005, 65, 2885-2892.


You will gain a wide education in biology, learning about everything from molecular structure in the lab to ecosystems in the outdoors.
You will build leadership, management and many other skills while in the program. After completing all of your degree and training requirements, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. In addition to general course work, you will choose a concentration focusing on your area of interest and career goals. For those hoping to pursue medicine or other health professions, you will learn about the structures and functions of tissues and organs in humans and other animals as well as molecular and cellular biology. Beyond your classroom and lab work, you will also have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members on real-world research using the latest technology, all as a student at Jackson State University.


After completing the program, you will understand the basic biological principles, think logically and communicate clearly within the field and to other researchers, become conscious of social problems relevant to life sciences, prepare for careers in the life sciences, teaching, and graduate studies, provide a strong pre-professional foundation for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, dental hygiene, medical technology, nursing, and medical records administration, and engage in basic and applied research that benefits the local and scientific community, 

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Your time will be spent collecting and analyzing data or running experiments on state-of-the-art equipment – not solely sitting at desks. The diverse 


Biology majors have a plethora of career options after studying the molecular nature, physiological mechanisms, evolution, and physical structure of life and living organisms:

Biologist Botanist Zoologist Registered Nurse
Pharmacy Technician Phlebotomist Respiratory Therapist Pharmacologist
Biology Teacher Environmental Scientist Quality Control Technician Agricultural Technician
Biomedical Engineer Hydrologist Medical Manager Physician Assistant
Genetic Counselor Legal Specialist Microbiologist Game/Fish Warden
Surgeon Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Occupational Therapist Veterinarian


For many years, we have played a central role in the growth of molecular life sciences and revolution in computational biology.

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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2586 or submit your questions and requests to  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



John A. Peoples Science Building, Room 335


(601) 979-2586

Mailing Address

Jackson State University,
Department of Biology,
1400 J.R. Lynch St.,
P.O. Box 18540, Jackson, MS 39217