Biophysics and Molecular Genetics
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Dr. DeBose-Boyd was born and raised in a small rural southeastern
Oklahoma community (population 700) where he graduated from Boswell High School, Boswell,
Oklahoma in 1989. Soon thereafter, he began undergraduate studies at Southeastern Oklahoma
State University (SOSU) in Durant, OK, where he participated in the Minority Biomedical Research Support program.
Dr. DeBose-Boyd obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with minors in Mathematics and Biology in 1993.
Upon completion of undergraduate studies, he was accepted into the Department of Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and joined the
laboratory of Richard D. Cummings, Ph. D. In 1998, he successfully defended his thesis entitled,
"Identification, characterization, and molecular cloning of alpha 1,3 fucosyltransferases in
parasitic and non-parasitic helminths." Following his defense, Dr. DeBose-Boyd joined the
laboratory of Joseph L. Goldstein, M.D. and Michael S. Brown, M.D. at UT Southwestern Medical
Center as a fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research. After a successful postdoctoral
fellowship, Drs. Goldstein and Brown invited Dr. DeBose-Boyd to join the faculty of the Molecular Genetics department
as an Assistant Professor in 2003. He became an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association in 2005
and a W.M. Keck Distinguished Young Scholar in Medical Research in 2006. Dr. DeBose-Boyd was promoted to Associate
Professor in 2007 and in 2009 he was appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist. Dr. DeBose-Boyd
is married to Gwendolyn and has two sons, Reginald and Ryan.