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Profile - Isi Ero-Tolliver


Isi Ero-Tolliver earned a B.S in Biology at Jackson State University. She completed her M.S at Jackson State University, and her thesis research in the Life Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She attained her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological Sciences and Science Education at Vanderbilt University. Ero-Tolliver is currently an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Hampton University. She has authored and co-authored papers in peer-reviewed science and education journals that include Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nature Chemical Biology, Journal of Chemical Biology, and Journal of Research in Science Education.

Ero-Tolliver’s current research focuses on best practices for exposure, recruitment and retention of under-represented minorities into the pipeline and watershed of STEM using model-based reasoning, authentic research experiences, and intentional mentorship. She has mentored high school and undergraduate student at the lab-bench using novel research as an engagement tool and these students have gone on to be successfully admitted to undergraduate and graduate schools, respectively.

Being the benefactor of great mentorship herself, she is interested in how this process helps minority students attain and retain science identities. Ero-Tolliver is the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program at Hampton University and currently serves on the board of reviewers for the journal of education and urban society (EUS).


1. Young, J.M., Ero-Tolliver, I.A., Young, J.A., Ford, D. (2017) Maximizing Opportunities to Enroll in Advanced Science Courses: Examining the Scientific Dispositions of Black Girls. Journal of Urban, Learning, Teaching and Research. Accepted with minor revisions.

2. Cummings, C.F., Pedchenko, V., Brown, K.L., Colon, S.C., Rafi, M., Jones-Paris, C., Pokydeshava, E., Liu, M., Pastor-Pareja., J.C., Stothers, C., Ero-Tolliver, I.A., McCall, A.S., Vanacore, R., Bhave., G., Santoro., S., Blackwell, T.S., Zent., R., Pozzi, A., Hudson, B.G. 2016.  Extracellular Chloride Signals Collagen IV Network Assembly During Basement membrane Formation. Journal of Cell Biology. May 23;213(4):479-94.

3. Ero-Tolliver, I.A., Hudson, B.G., Bhave, G. 2015. The Ancient Immunoglobulin Domains of Peroxidasin are Required to Form Sulfilimine Crosslinks in Collagen IV. Journal of Biological Chemistry. Aug 28;290(35):21741-8

4. Fidler AL, Vanacore RM, Chetyrkin SV, Pedchenko VK, Bhave G, Yin VP, Bhave G, Yin VP, Stothers CL, Rose KL, McDonald WH, Clark TA,Borza DB, Steele RE, Ivy MT; Aspirnauts, Hudson JK, Hudson BG. 2014. A unique covalent bond in basement membrane is a primordial innovation for tissue evolution. Proc National Academy of Science. Jan 7;111(1):331-6.

5. Ero-Tolliver, I. A., Lucas, D., Schauble, L.  2013. Young Children’s Thinking About Decomposition: Early Modeling Entrees to Complex Ideas in Science.  Journal of Research in Science Education. October 23; 43;(5):2137-52.

6. Bhave, G., Cummings, C.F., Vanacore, R. M., Kumagai-Creese, C., Ero-Tolliver, I. A., Rafi, M., Kang, J. S., Pedchenko, V. P., Fessler, L. I., Fessler, J. H., and Hudson, B. G.  2012. Peroxidasin Forms Sulfilimine Chemical Bonds Using Hypohalous Acids In Tissue Genesis.  Nature Chemical Biology. Sep;8(9):784-90.








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