Curtis Henderson, PhD

College of Science and Engineering
Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology
  • Professor of Biology
  • Chair, Department of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • PhD in Biology, Texas Tech University
  • BS in Biology and Chemistry, Howard Payne University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Introduction to Biology
  • General Biology I and II
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Genetics
  • Bioanalytical Methods
  • Senior Seminars
  • Integrating Biological Concepts

Teaching Focus

Dr. Henderson enjoys teaching Biology classes of all levels for both majors and non-majors.  Dr. Henderson has never met a Biology class he hasn’t liked.


Recent published articles include:

  •  “A virion-associated protein kinase induces apoptosis.”  Chitnis NS, Paul ER, Lawrence PK, Henderson CW, Ganapathy S, Taylor PV, Virdi KS, D’Costa SM, May AR, Bilimoria SL.  J Virol. 2011 Dec;85(24):13144-52.
  • “Induction of apoptosis by iridovirus virion protein extract” Paul ER, Chitnis NS, Henderson CW, Kaul RJ, D’Costa SM, Bilimoria SL. Arch Virol. 2007;152(7):1353-64.

Additional Information

Dr. Henderson has a research background in molecular biology, and has worked on projects that earned grants from the Texas Applied Technology Program and the Texas Applied Research Program.  Dr. Henderson studied viral mechanisms that shut down host cell metabolism in insect cell lines and the cotton boll weevil.

Dr. Henderson has served the Faculty Assembly Executive Committee in several roles and is currently a member of the University Professional Grown Committee and the University Quality Enhancement Plan Committee.  Dr. Henderson has also served on several committees within the College of Science and Mathematics.

Dr. Henderson is a past member of the Texas Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology and is a current member of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Community of Genetics Educators (COGE) , and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS).  He is also a contributor to the HAPS histology slide database.