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Dr. Joy Beckendorf

Assistant Professor
Chemistry, Environmental Science and Geology Department
Office: York 302
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8013900 College St, Box 8013BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4544(254) 295-4544
Subjects Taught: Chemistry and Society, Environmental Science, Foundations of Bio-Organic Chemistry, Chemistry Seminar, Biochemistry
Degrees Earned: B.S., Biology, Abilene Christian University; M.S., Plant Physiology, Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Texas A&M University
Research Interests

An economically relevant problem for rice farmers, called stackburn, occurs when rice is stored in silos.  Stackburn turns the rice grain yellow and makes the rice unsuitable for marketing as a food for people.  The pigment responsible for stackburn has never been isolated or characterized.  The purpose of this research project is to isolate the compound(s) responsible for the yellow color of stackburned rice.

Dr. Beckendorf joined the faculty of Mary-Hardin Baylor in 2007. Previously, she completed an NIH Fellowship in Behavioral Pharmacology at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, and an NIH Fellowship in Toxicology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. Beckendorf is married to Richard Beckendorf. They have two children, Andrew and Georgiana. She enjoys watching Andrew play baseball and listening to Georgiana play the piano. Dr. Beckendorf teaches Sunday School at Temple First Church of the Nazarene. In her spare time, she likes to garden. Dr. Beckendorf goes by the nickname "Tina".