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Dr. Shere Byrd

Dr. Shere Byrd
Professor of Biology


  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • Type 2 diabetes 


  • Ph.D., Applied Physiology, University of Oregon, 1987
  • Master of Science, Applied Physiology, University of Oregon, 1983
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Western State College, 1980


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About Dr. Shere Byrd

Shere Byrd is a professor in the Department of Biology at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 1992. Dr. Byrd is a cell physiologist who researches the genetic and environmental factors that make Native Americans more susceptible to acquiring type 2 diabetes. She and a student research team are currently investigating how the diabetes drug metformin reduces the risk of cancer in diabetic subjects. Dr. Byrd is the faculty advisor for pre-health professions students as well as for the Pre-Health Professions Club. She is involved with Engineers Without Borders-Village Aid Project at Fort Lewis, travelling with students to developing countries to help design water and sanitation systems. Dr. Byrd has secured numerous grants for Fort Lewis from organizations such as the Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health to fund scientific research among students and support the education of Native American students.

Dr. Byrd is a nominee of the Carnegie Colorado Professor of the Year (2011) and the Roger Peters Distinguished Professor (2011). At Fort Lewis, she is the 2012 recipient of the Achievement Award, the 2007 recipient of the Alice Admire Excellence in Teaching Award and a four-time recipient of the Merit Award. She is a national councilor, biology division, for the Council for Undergraduate Research, a member of the American Society for Cell Biology, a member of the San Juan Basin Board of Health, and a grants reviewer for the National Science Foundation. 

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Indicators of insulin resistance in college-aged Native American students,” Proceedings of the American Diabetes Association, 2011