Alicia Howard, Ph.D.


Alicia Howard, Ph.D.Dr. Howard joined The University of Incarnate Word as an adjunct professor in 2018 and became a full-time Instructor for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2021. Prior to becoming full-time in 2021, she worked as an adjunct professor for Northwest Vista College in the Natural Science Department. Dr. Howard graduated with her Doctorate in Chemistry from Texas Tech University in 2016 with an interest in drug design for ergosterol-dependent infectious diseases. She is currently working on implementing a CUREs, Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience, based on the Malate Dehydrogenase Enzyme for the Biochemistry I Lab. A certified FLIGHT Mentor with over ten years of teaching experience in chemistry, she has a strong passion to inspire, encourage and connect to the younger generation.

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Bonilla Science Hall 104
  • Phone Number: (210) 890-5335
  • Email:

Texas Tech University:

  • Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry 2016
  • Master of Science Chemistry 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology 2007
The University of the Incarnate Word:
  • Instructor 2021 - Present
    • Coordinator for Introductory Chemistry and Biological Chemistry for Health Professionals II. Designed and implemented coursework for Nursing Majors and First-Year students
  • Adjunct Professor 2018 - 2021
    • Lectured curriculum and administered coursework in chemistry related subjects, including Introductory Chemistry, Biological Chemistry for Health Professionals II lecture and lab, Organic I lab, and Chemical Principles I & II lab
  • Biological Chemistry for Health Professionals II
  • Chemical Principles I Lab
  • Chemical Principles II Lab
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Chemistry Scholars Seminar
  • Biological Chemistry for Health Professionals II Lab
  • Biochemistry I Lab
  • First-Year Experience
  • Organic Chemistry I lab
  • Organic Chemistry II lab
  • General Chemistry I
Currently implementing a CUREs curriculum to increase student interest in STEM for UIW's upper level
Biochemistry I Lab over the Malate Dehydrogenase (MDH) enzyme. MDH is a vital enzyme in the citric acid cycle that is responsible for the reversible oxidation of malate to oxaloacetate from the reduction of NAD+ to NADH. The goal of this research is to elaborate on the existing kinetic parameters of MDH in humans by examining the inhibitory effects of applying changes to the physiological conditions.
  • Howard, A., Liu, J., Elmegeed, G.A., Collins, E.K., Nwogwugwu, C.A., and Nes, W.D. Sterol C24-
    Methyltransferase: Physio- and stereo- chemical features of the sterol C3 group required for catalytic
    competence, Arch Biochem Biophys. 521, 43-50. 2012.
  • Haubrich, B.A., Collins, E.K., Howard A.L., Wang, Q., Snell, W.J., Miller, M.B., Thomas, C.D., Pleasant, S.K., and Nes, W.D. Characterization, Mutagenesis and Mechanistic Analysis of an Ancient Algal Sterol C24- Methyltransferase: Implications for Understanding Sterol Evolution in the Green Lineage, Phytochemistry. 113, 64-72. 2015.
  • Presented research over the Sterol C24-Methyltransferase Enzyme at AOCS national convention, 2010.