James Monroe Jay, Ph.D


James Monroe Jay earned his bachelor’s degree at Paine College in 1952, followed by his master’s and Ph.D. in bacteriology and biochemistry at Ohio State University (OSU) in 1953 and 1956, respectively. After his post-doctoral work at OSU he joined the Biology Department at Southern University in LA., in 1957 where he developed a bacteriology curriculum.  Jay then accepted a position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University, in Detroit Mich. Where he had an esteemed career that included serving as Director of the Minority Biomedical Research Support and Minority Access to Research Careers programs, was an esteemed food microbiologist, educator, colleague and mentor who throughout his long and productive life championed the advancement of minorities and women in microbiology.  During his career, he published over 150 research articles and book chapters. In addition, he was the sole author of the internationally acclaimed textbook Modern Food Microbiology which was translated into Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.  Jay retired from Wayne State University in 1994 and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. James (Jim) M. Jay, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, Wayne State University, who passed away on October 12, 2008.  Additional information about James Monroe Jay can be found at http://www.microbemagazine.org/index.php/05-2009-asm-news