Jeff Griffitts, Ph.D.

  • DirectorQuetzal Education Research Center

Contact Info:

  • (405) 491-6640


Jeff Griffitts, Ph.D., is the QERC Director. He teaches Tropical Medicine at QERC and also leads the water quality research being conducted in the valley. He is passionate about environmental stewardship and teaching.

Ph.D., Pathology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
B.S., Environmental Health Science, East Central University
Chair, Biology Department
Director of the Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC)
At SNU since 2010

Notable Accomplishments

Post-doc, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
US Environmental Protection Agency molecular biologist contractor.

Notable Publications

Griffitts J., Saunders D., Tesiram Y.A., Reid G., Salih A., Liu S., Lydic T.A., Busik J.V., Kang J.X., and Towner R. The Non-mammalian Fat-1 Gene Prevents Neoplasia when Introduced to a Mouse Hepatocarcinogenesis Model. BBA – Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. 2010; 1801: 1133-44.

Griffitts J., Tesiram Y., Reid G.E., Saunders D., Floyd R., and Towner R. In Vivo MRS Assessment of Altered Fatty Acyl Unsaturation in Liver Tumor Formation of a TGFα/c-myc Transgenic Mouse Model. Journal of Lipid Research. 2009 Apr;50(4):611-22.


STEM mentor for the McNair program at SNU
Leader of Fresh Start Community Church college group in Moore, OK

Summary of Interests

Environmental Stewardship
Science and Faith
Water Quality