Molecular Virologist, Educator, Entrepreneur, and Founder of A Scientist's Approach

Dr. Cedric Buckley is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He is a proud graduate of Lanier High School and one of the city's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Jackson State University (JSU). After having earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from JSU, Michigan State University (MSU) conferred his doctorate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics specializing in Virology in 2000. He is a trained virologist who studied viral replication extensively under his graduate advisor, Dr. Michele M. Fluck (University Distinguished Fellow, now deceased). He continued his postdoctoral research under Dr. Julius H. Jackson (Professor Emeritus, Assoc. Dean Emeritus) studying computational microbial genomics. As a tenured Associate Professor of Biology at Jackson State University, Dr. Buckley furthered his training through collaborations with Dr. Jeffrey Conner, Evolutionary Genomics, Kellogg Biological Station-Michigan State University and Dr. Bruce Birren, Director of the Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases-The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

He has substantive research experiences that span from traditional “wet lab” molecular genetics inquiry to collaborative studies using computational biology and bioinformatics approaches. He understands the research environment, can speak the language, and can bridge that information to the broader lay population. He is a deep thinker; able to review, aggregate, distill and analyze volumes of data while simultaneously identifying common ground and developing workable frameworks to solve real-world problems. He is uniquely capable of coordinating messaging and delivering decisive, informed policy guidance and interventions covering wide-ranging issues at local, state and national levels.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Doctorate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics specializing in Virology

Substantive research experience spanning from traditional “wet lab” molecular genetics inquiry to collaborative studies using computational biology and bioinformatics approaches

EDUCATION

One scientist's approach to Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and

VIROLOGY

Dr. Cedric Buckley

​​​His teaching and research at JSU culminated with earning both tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of Biology before he made his transition into nonprofit work. As an educational entrepreneur with a STEM academic background, he was able to fill gaps in Jackson's early childhood options while at the same time responding to research literature about the "digital divides" among students of color and rural communities. His newest initiative, A Scientist's Approach, extends his insistence that STEM-enriched curricula must become the norm for all learners. In particular, he wrote 'Honest Parenting' to help parents embrace process thinking; firmly but compassionately showing them that if they are intimidated or reluctant about scientific processes, our children will be too (no matter how many expensive tech toys they play with!).

​In the near future, Dr. Buckley is "tinkering" with ideas (as all scientists do) like expanding A Scientist's Approachto other topics such as leadership, service, and even co-parenting! For now, he is quite busy as the father of two (2) elementary-age sons, modeling responsible citizenship within (and beyond) the Jackson, MS community, and staying informed as well as engaged with the latest developments and opportunities to advance some of the most pressing causes of our country.

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Dr. Buckley has over 20 years of viral replication and computational microbial genomics experience.

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His newest initiative, A Scientist's Approach™, extends his insistence that STEM-enriched curricula must become the norm for all learners.

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