Faculty

Brenda Schoffstall, Ph.D.

Brenda Schoffstall, PhD (Florida State University, Molecular Biophysics), is an associate professor and assistant chair for Barry University's Biology Department. Her current research program at Barry focuses on the study of muscle tissue regeneration via myocyte proliferation using a zebrafish model. She and her undergraduate research team hope to discover a "molecular proliferation switch" that can be used to turn on muscle cell division to repair damaged hearts or damaged skeletal muscle. If this proliferation switch can be identified in zebrafish, findings can be translated into treatments for heart damage or muscle damage in the human body, where damaged muscle is typically replaced with non-functional scar tissue. In the pursuit of this ultimate goal, the two projects currently underway in her lab are: (1) The Molecular Response of Zebrafish Hearts to Excessive Cardiac Overload Stress and (2) The Wound Healing Response in Adult Danio Rerio.

Dr. Schoffstall is passionate about training students to love scientific research as a career and typically has a lab group of eight to 10 undergraduate student researchers working in her lab each semester.

Prior to coming to Barry, Dr. Schoffstall held a post-doctoral position at FSU in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) at the Institute of Molecular Biophysics and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee.

Brenda Schoffstall, Ph.D.
Graham P. Shaw, Ph.D.

Professor Graham P. Shaw Ph.D. is a full time faculty member in the College of Health Sciences at Barry University, Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Aston University, Birmingham U.K. and taught at the University of North London and the California College of Podiatric Medicine prior to joining the faculty at Barry. Dr. Shaw is a member of the Society for General Microbiology and the British Society of Gastroenterology. He has an active research interest in the role of Helicobacter pylori in peptic ulcer relapse and the impact of technology on education. He has published 40 articles/abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and presented his research at international conferences in the United States and the United Kingdom. Dr. Shaw is the Program Director for the Medical Biotechnology MS.
Graham P. Shaw
Sumera Ackbarali, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMHTL, MT(AAB), MDxT(AAB), AHI(AMT)

Sumera Ackbarali joined the faculty of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2009. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Biology and the Program Director of the Medical Technology Specialization Program. In addition to Medical Technology courses, she has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Histotechnology Program, Biomedical Sciences Program, and Laboratory Management Program. She graduated from Barry University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Anatomy, and is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. Her research interests include skeletal muscle fiber reinnervation after nerve injury and infectious disease trends. She has presented at the Florida Academy of Sciences (FAS), University of Miami Neuroscience Symposium, and the Florida Chapter of American Medical Technologists (FLSSAMT), in addition to mentoring students who have presented research at FAS and Barry University S.T.E.M. Symposium. Ms. Ackbarali is a section chair and CNHS representative on the S.T.E.M. Committee, and also serves on the Arts and Sciences Safety Committee and CNHS Committee for Interprofessional Collaboration. She previously represented CNHS on the university's Faculty Senate and Undergraduate Council.

Stephanie Bingham, Ph.D.
Stephanie Bingham, Ph.D.

Stephanie Bingham, PhD: (University of Missouri-Columbia), Assistant Professor, 2008-present. Dr. Bingham is a MBRS/MIRT Barry alum (1997). Her dissertation focused on understanding some of the mechanisms underlying hindbrain development in zebrafish, specifically, motor neuron migration. She comes to Barry following post-doctoral training at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she examined the role of phosphatases in axon outgrowth and guidance.
Stephanie Bingham, Ph.D.
Christoph Hengartner, PhD

Dr. Hengartner's research focuses on the pseudorabies virus (PRV), a veterinary herpesvirus related to human herpes viruses such as the viruses causing chicken pox or cold sores. Christoph Hengartner, Ph.D. Dr. Hengartner's doctoral dissertation was "Regulation of yeast RNA polymerase II holoenzyme transcription." He also recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Princeton University's Molecular Biology Department where his research topic was "Pseudorabies virus (PRV) gene expression in epithelial and neuronal cells."
Christoph Hengartner
Evelio Velis, MD, PhD

Evelio Velis, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Master's program in Health Services Administration (MS/HSA) and the MS/HSA-MPH dual degree program at Barry University. He is an Associate professor teaching Managerial Epidemiology, Advanced Quantitative Methods of Inquiry, Applied Biostatistics and Research Methods for various programs in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Dr. Velis is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research findings pertaining to health disparities, diversity and social justice, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, homicide, and other health-related events at national and international conferences for many years. Dr. Velis has been honored with the "Apple Award for Leading Educators" in recognition of his contribution to the students of Barry University. He is a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta national honor society and an active member of the Inter-American College of Physicians and Surgeons, American Public Health Association (APHA), the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), American College of Health Care Executives, South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHCEF), and American Statistical Association.
Evelio Velis
Broderick Jones, MD

Dr. Jones got his BS and MS degrees in Biology from Tuskegee University in Alabama. He spent a few years doing his post-graduation education and research at the University of New Mexico before he joined a MD program at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine. After he obtained his MD degree in pathology in 1992, he spent the next few years working as a resident physician at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. In 2000, he joined the College of Medical Sciences as a full-time faculty at Nova Southeastern University. He has also held adjunct faculty positions at Barry University and Florida International University for more than 6 years. He specializes in teaching pathology, forensic pathology, and medical microbiology at the graduate level.
Broderick Jones
Daniel Packert MS, HT, HTL (ASCP) CM,

Daniel Packert MS, HT, HTL (ASCP) CM, graduated from Barry University with a MS in Clinical Biology with a specialization in Histotechnology. He joined the College of Nursing and Health Sciences as an Adjunct Instructor in 2010. Daniel is currently an Assistant Professor and the Program Director of the Histotechnology specialization since 2016. Daniel previously worked on research with the DARPA grant involving gaseous Nitric Oxide and its application in wound healing. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Florida Society of Histotechnology, and the National Society of Histotechnology.

Daniel Packert BS,
Jeff Ritter, PhD

Dr. Jeff Ritter is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Master of Science in Health Service Administration Programs (MSHSA). He is the Coordinator of the Internship Program for graduate students. Dr. Ritter has over 25 years of experience as a healthcare executive working in the hospital, managed care, and insurance industry. Jeff Ritter holds a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Long Island University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Baruch College in New York City. Dr. Ritter has served as a Faculty Senator and is a leader in the community in which he lives and serves.

He is a board member of the South Florida Health Care Executive Forum (SFHCEF) which is known nationally as the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). He has also led the student case competition for the MSHSA program for a number of years which is sponsored by the SFHCEF. Additionally, Dr. Ritter is the National Chair for the Upsilon Phi Delta (UPD) Honor Society which is part of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

Dr. Ritter is a former health care executive and has years of management consulting experience in healthcare marketing, strategic planning, and leadership. He has spoken at conferences, locally, regionally, and nationally on topics including health care reform, health care strategy, and leadership. He has also co-authored chapters in textbooks and has published articles in a number of publications. Dr. Ritter teaches Health Care Strategy, Marketing, Leadership, Managed Care, and Policy.

eff Ritter, PhD