Science and Technology

Our dedicated faculty and quality facilities prepare students for science-related careers and graduate studies. We emphasize basic and applied research, technological applications, and international experiences because our objective is not merely to accumulate knowledge, but also to develop commitment and take action.


Hokeness, Kirsten

Kirsten Hokeness

Associate Professor, Science and Technology
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Kirsten Hokeness, Associate Professor, is a native of Glocester, Rhode Island. She received her bachelor’s degree in General Biology from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Surgical Oncology at Roger Williams Hospital, working to amplify the effects of Paclitaxel on breast cancer cells and melanoma cells with interferon gamma and vitamin D. From there she obtained her Ph.D. from Brown University where she studied immunity to viral infections, completing her thesis entitled “Characterization of Cytokine/Chemokine Networks Critical during Murine Cytomegalovirus Infection.” She was hired as an Assistant Professor at Bryant University, following her year-long postdoctoral position at Brown University. While at Bryant she has taught a number of classes including Biology, Introduction to Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biology lab, Ecology lab, Foundations of Pharmaceutical Science and Immunity and Disease. Her research currently focuses on examining mechanisms of immune suppression following exposure to microbial volatile organic compounds and determining the role of cytokines and chemokines during infection with Clostridium difficile. Additionally, she is looking at how students perceive health information and make choices regarding their health. She has been the recipient of funding from Rhode Island’s INBRE program. Currently she serves the role of Biology Coordinator in the department of Science and Technology.

Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Biotechnology, Medical Sciences

Immunology, Virology, Microbiology, Human health and disease

  • National Association of Biology Teachers
  • 2017, Volunteer of the Year
  • 2016, Merit Award
  • 2014, Merit Award
  • 2013, Top 40 Under 40 in Rhode Island

Mott, S. F., Reid, A., Langlois, G., Hokeness, K., Biology 1 Laboratory: Principles of Biology Investigations, Academx Publishing, 2015.

Hokeness, K., Bulldog Science Scope.

Hokeness, K., Chapter 5 Gene Expression and Biotechnology.

Hokeness, K., The Case of the Malfunctioning Neuron: A look at what happens when cellular processes go wrong, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

Hokeness, K., The Case of the Misguided Neuron: A Look at What Happens When Communication Goes Wrong, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

Hokeness, K., Mott, S., Host-Pathogen Interactions: A Magnificent Battle in an Evolutionary Arms Race , National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

Miller, R., Gutellius, D., Holmes, G., Suter, Z., Jones, J., Reid, C., Hokeness, K., CHARACTERIZATION OF AN ENDO-ACTING N-ACETYLGLUCOSAMINIDASE FROM.

Volkman, J., Hokeness, K., Viens, A., Attitudes, Beliefs and Knowledge of Vaccines: Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy among Millennials, Science Communication.

Volkman, J., Hokeness, K., Viens, A., Dickie, A., Vaccine Hesitancy among Millennials: Concerns, Beliefs and Attitudes, Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, 2017.

Gutiellus, D., Logan, S., Reid, C., Hokeness, K., Functional Analysis of SleC from Clostridium difficile: an essential lytic transglycosylase involved in spore germination., Microbiology, 2014.

Kratch, J., Nadolny, C., Aicardi, K., Reid, C., Hokeness, K., The Effects of Fungal Volatile Organic Compounds on Bone Marrow Stromal Cells, Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 2014.