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    Najor, Nicole A.

    Nicole A. Najor

    Assistant Professor of Biology, teaches courses in the areas of cell and molecular biology. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of the protein complex called the COP9 signalosome, using the yeast as a model organism (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) as well as mammalian cell culture lines. She received her B.S. in Biology from University of Detroit Mercy, her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University School of Medicine. As a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow, she received Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Awards from the National Institute of Health. She has also published in top journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and the Journal of Cell Biology. Dr. Najor will be joining the biology department this upcoming Fall 2016.



    Nash, LeTrice P.

    LeTrice P. Nash

    Instructor, McAuley School of Nursing, teaches Community Health Nursing and Leadership.  Her area of research interest is in school nursing.  She earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Detroit Mercy and is currently pursuing her DNP.



    Nauta, Becky A.

    Becky A. Nauta

    Associate Professor, McAuley School of Nursing, teaches at the Grand Rapids Aquinas Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. She received her nursing diploma from Butterworth School of Nursing, her bachelor’s degree from University of Detroit Mercy; her master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University; and her doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Becky’s areas of expertise include OB and Pediatrics, Leadership, and Hospice Care. Prior to her academic role, Becky was a staff nurse in OB and Pediatrics, and served in a variety of leadership roles including Clinical Services Manager for Obstetrical Services at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s; Administrative Director at the Peter M. Wege Center for Health and Learning and Administrator of Hospice of Holland Home. She remains passionate about the care of the patient and the role of the bedside nurse and is able to incorporate lessons learned from patients and staff into the classroom & clinical for her students.



    Neely, Anthony

    Anthony Neely

    Associate Professor, Division Graduate Education, Division of Clinical Essentials and Simulation, has taught Periodontology at both undergraduate and graduate levels for more than 28 years. He lectures locally, nationally and internationally on topics ranging from the relationship between systemic disease and oral disease to implant dentistry. His research interests include longitudinal progression of periodontal disease, the relationship between systemic diseases and periodontal and oral health, and determinants of peri-implant bone loss over time. He has published numerous scientific articles and has presented the results of his research locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Neely is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He earned a Bachelors’ of Science in Education (BSE) Degree in Biology from Arkansas State University and a DDS Degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. His Masters of Dental Science Degree in Periodontopathobiology and Certificate in Periodontics were earned at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He earned a PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health. He recently completed 18 months of training in the Ignatian Colleagues Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. In addition to these duties Dr. Neely maintains a part-time practice limited to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. He joined the University in 1999.



    Newness, Elmer J.

    Elmer J. Newness

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Essentials and Simulation, Director, Clinical Essentials and Simulation, teaches clinical responsibilities to dental students, serves as faculty facilitator in essentials of clinical practice, dental rounds, and developing communications skills to dental students. Dr. Newness has served in the dental student laboratory simulation courses, as clinical faculty in the third and fourth year dental clinic, new patient screening, emergency clinic, and the AEGD clinic, and served in the summer enrichment program while at UDM. Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring dental students. His professional interests include evidence based dentistry, practice management and ethics. Dr. Newness holds a DDS degree from The Ohio State University, a general practice residency certificate from Western Reserve Care/Northside Medical Center, and a MBA degree from University of Phoenix. Dr. Newness joined the School of Dentistry in 2013.