Joseph Provost, PhD

Joseph Provost
Phone: (619) 260-7564
Fax: (619) 849-8120
Office: Shiley Ctr for Science & Techn 375

Professor and Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Ph.D., University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • B.Sc., Bemidji State University, Chemistry
  • Postdoctoral Studies at Vanderbilt Medical School; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Joseph Provost, PhD, joined the faculty at the University of San Diego in 2013.  Dr. Provost has taught a wide range of chemistry and biochemistry courses and is interested in how to bring novel pedagogies of engagement into the classroom and teaching laboratory.  Provost has been involved with a number of organizations involved to enrich the experience of undergraduates including: the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Council on Undergraduate Research and Project Kaleidoscope.  Provost ‘s research involves focuses the role transport protein plays in directed cell motility and tumor progression and how these membrane proteins regulate other critical mammalian cell functions.

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Provost enjoys teaching Biochemistry as well as courses in both upper and lower division classes for majors and non-science majors.   He is working with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on the accreditation of biochemistry degrees and programs and developing a standardize biochemistry assessment instrument.  Provost has hosted and given numerous workshops on integrating research into the curriculum.  Along with his co-authors, Provost is writing a textbook for non-science majors to learn fundamental science concepts using everyday experiences.  The book “The Science of Food and Cooking” uses food and cooking centered approaches to the science behind food, cooking, baking and other kitchen experiments.