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Ronald Hunsinger

Ronald N. Hunsinger

Biological and Environmental Sciences


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  • B.S., Mississippi State University
  • M.S., Mississippi State University
  • Ph.D., The University of Mississippi
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry


Dr. Hunsinger has served on Samford's faculty since 1984 and as department chair since 2002. He teaches courses in anatomy, physiology, histology, and pathology. He also serves as the director of the Environmental Management graduate program, teaching courses in toxicology and risk science in that program.

Dr. Hunsinger's current research interests include environmental and injury epidemiology and the physiological and toxicological effects of plant sterols. As for hobbies, he enjoys reading, music, choral conducting, and the collecting of medical and scientific antiques.


  • Hunsinger, R.N. and W.M. Howell. Treatment of Fishes with Hormones: Solubilization and Direct Administration of Steroids into Aquaria Water Using Acetone as a Carrier Solvent. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol., 47:272-277 (1991).
  • Hunsinger, R.N. et al. Contemporary Thinking on the Art and Science of Teaching and Recommendations for Improving Instructional Effectiveness at Samford University. Sesquicentennial Report, Samford University, 1990.
  • Hunsinger, R.N. et al. Studies in the Acute Lethality of Diethylcarbamazine(DEC) in the Rat. Vet. Human Toxicol., 35:11-15 (1993).
  • Howell, W.M., Hunsinger, R.N., and P.D. Blanchard. Paradoxical Masculinization of Female Mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis, During Exposure to Spironolactone, an Antiandrogen. in press, Fish Culture.
  • Howell, W.M., Keller, G.E., Kirkpatrick, J.D., Jenkins, R.L., Hunsinger, R.N. and E.W. McLaughlin. Effects of the Plant Steroid Hormone, 24-Epibrassinolide, on the Mitotic Index and Growth of Onion (Allium cepa) Root Tips. Genet. Mol. Res. 6 (1): 50-58 (2007)

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