Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, MS, SV/SM/MB(ASCP)CM received his Bachelor of Science (microbiology) and Masters (Biology, emphasis in virology) degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). Dr. Rohde received his Ph.D. in Education in 2010 (Adult Professional Community Education) with a focus on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Dr. Rohde is an associate professor in the College of Health Professions, Clinical Laboratory Science program at Texas State University. He is also a clinical assistant professor (joint appointment) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Laboratory Sciences & Primary Care, Clinical Laboratory Science Program. Additionally, Dr. Rohde continues to enjoy being an adjunct associate professor of biology in the nursing program for Austin Community College. He holds certifications as a Specialist in Virology, Specialist in Microbiology, and Molecular Biologist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Rodney spent a decade as a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control Division prior to his academic career. His research interests are very diverse but focus on adult education and public health microbiology, specifically with respect to rabies virology, oral rabies wildlife vaccination, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and molecular diagnostics/biotechnology. He has published numerous articles and has received a variety of grant support for his research. He was awarded the 2007 ASCLS Scientific Research Award for his work with MRSA.
For more specific information about his projects, please see: www.txstate.edu/~rr33
Rodney enjoys teaching and mentoring students towards productive and exciting careers in clinical laboratories. He especially enjoys incorporating research and leadership into his student’s educational experience and challenging them to strive for lifelong learning.