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Jane Colmer-Hamood, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Office Phone: 806-743-2552
Mail Address: 3601 4th St Stop 6525
Lubbock TX 79430-0002


Dr. Colmer-Hamood began her career in science as a Medical Technologist (BS, Medical Technology; University of Missouri at Kansas City). After running the microbiology and immunology laboratories for The Heartland Health System (St. Joseph, MO) for 15 years, Jane was recruited to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1987 to set up and market a clinical virology diagnostic laboratory to the area hospitals. She returned to school in 1992, completing her Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1997. Dr. Colmer-Hamood then gave up her clinical laboratory career for one in teaching and research.

Her areas of teaching include virology, mycology, and immunology; pathological aspects of inflammatory processes, infectious disease, rheumatology, and hematology for medical students. She is the Block Leader for the Host Defense Block (Pathogens and Host Response) for first year medical students and for the General Principles, Multisystem Disorders, and Cancer Block for second year medical students. Dr. Colmer-Hamood also teaches virology and immunology for graduate students and lectures in other core courses for graduate students. She received the Dean’s Basic Science Teaching Award for 2006, 2009 and 2011 and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year for MS II in 2012.
Her research involves the study of multidrug resistance efflux pumps in Vibrio cholerae, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the effects of the effects of proton pump inhibitors and other treatments on host microbial flora, and collaborating on other clinically-related projects. Dr. Colmer-Hamood has published 52 peer-reviewed papers, 2 book chapters, and co-authored a USMLE-style microbiology review book for medical students.

Dr. Colmer-Hamood also lectures nationally for the American Society for Clinical Pathology; her current topics include “contemporary (emerging) pathogens” of the various body systems, infections caused by biofilms, and trends in molecular and automated approaches to diagnosis of microbial infections. She received the “Making a Difference Award” from the ASCP in 2011.

Research Interests

Multidrug resistance
Proton pump inhibitors
Staphylococcus aureus
Pathogenesis and virulence
Effect of drugs and treatment on virulence

Teaching Interests

Clinical microbiology and infectious disease
Innate immunity
Basic principles of pathology

Clinical Interests

Infectious disease
Affect of other therapies (non-antimicrobial) on bacterial flora

Selected Publications:

  • Miller, Kyle & Haley, Cecily & Kruczek, Cassandra & Colmer-Hamood, Jane & Tran, Phat & Myntti, Matthew & Hamood, Abdul (2014) Next Science wound gel technology, a novel agent that inhibits biofilm development by gram-positive and gram-negative wound pathogens Antimicrob Agents Chemother, 58, 6, 3060-3072.
  • Hamood, Abdul & Colmer-Hamood, Jane (2014) Physiology and Molecular Microbiology McGraw Hill Education, 14, pp 1-3, 25-77.
  • Colmer-Hamood, Jane (2014) Virology McGraw Hill Education, 14, pp 3-7, 79-174.
  • Kruczek, C & Qaisar, U & Colmer-Hamood, Jane & Hamood, Abdul December (2013) Serum influences the expression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum-sensing genes and QS-controlled virulence genes during early and late stages of growth Microbiologyopen.
  • Parhizgar, F & Colmer-Hamood, Jane & Satterwhite, Robin & Winn, Richard & Nugent, Kenneth (2013) A comparative analysis of GeneXpert real-time PCR with culture for the detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization in selected hospital admissions ISRN Infectious Diseases, 2013.