Denver Baptiste (djnbapti)

Denver Baptiste


Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology


  • PhD (2019) Howard University (Biology)
  • MA (2015) Andrews University (Religion )
  • MA (2012) Princeton University (Molecular Biology )


Using bioinformatics tools we study annamox bacteria performance in waste water. With 16S RNA sequencing we analyze the bacterial changes in waste water, finding abundance and classification for each species.

With sequencing data (from the Center for Environmental Systems), we make use of the open source tools such as Qiime2, to look for patterns in the samples of waste water microbiome, examining diversity.

We make use of programming languages and sequence analysis tools to help us study the types of bacteria, abundance, differential expression of genes, look for any new gene, and visualize our reads. These methods of visualization include phylogenic diversity trees, reports, and classification of each bacterial genus, and species based on varying environments.


- Ph.D Committee Member, Stevens Institute of Technology (2023)

- Undergraduate Course Continuity Leader, Stevens Institute of Technology

-Judge for NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (2022)

-Tri Beta Biological Honor Society Keynote Speaker (2021)

-Judge for Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) Conference (2020)

-Presentation: Denver Jn. Baptiste, Sushma Mannimala, Thejasvi Venkatachalam, Karla Larios and Martha Soto (2020)
The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) 2020
“Which GEF activates Rac1/CED-10 during epidermal morphogenesis?”

-Presentation: Denver Jn. Baptiste and Martha Soto “How cells move and molecules that help these cells move” (2020)
INSPIRE Teaching Presentation

Institutional Service

  • Biology Program Coordinator for Assessment, Coordination and Improvement Member
  • Undergraduate Education Committee Member
  • Undergraduate Education Committee Member
  • REU/RET Symposium Member


- Assistant Professor- Biology Department (Saint Peter's University)

- Postdoctoral Fellow- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Molecular Genetics), Rutgers University

- Adjunct Instructor- (Biology Department) Chattanooga State University

Grants, Contracts and Funds

- Just Julian Graduate Research Grant 2019
- American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Travel Grant 2018
- Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate Fellowship 2016 (AGEP)
- American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Travel Grant 2016


Physiology, Biotechnology, Cellular Molecular Biology,
Bioethics, Ecology and Evolution, General Biology