Rose Reins, PhD

Faculty Panel

Job Title: Assistant Professor, Biology

Current Employer: Houston Baptist University


  • Postdoctoral fellowship at University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, TX (2017)

  • Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Houston, Houston, TX (2015)

  • Immunology Training Program, Boston University, Boston, MA (2000)

  • B.A. in Biology, Baylor University, Waco, TX (1998)


Rose earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Houston, where she investigated the function of vitamin D in the eye, with an emphasis on its role in modulating inflammation. Continuing her vitamin D studies, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UH College of Optometry in the Ocular Surface Institute. In 2017, Rose received an Allergan Research Foundation grant to investigate the bioavailability of vitamin D at the ocular surface and evaluate its use as an anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of dry eye disease, and accepted a position as Research Assistant Professor at UCHO. During this time, she also was a scientific editor for BioScience Writers. In the fall of 2018, Rose made an exciting career change and started as Assistant Professor of Biology at HBU, where she teaches undergraduate courses in General and Introductory Biology and Anatomy & Physiology.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  • Develop presentation and evaluation materials for courses to enhance student learning and comprehension

  • Communication (speaking, presentation skills, listening)

  • Compassion

What I love most about my job:

I love mentoring students and really enjoy being a part of a community- and faith-based academic environment at HBU. I also appreciate the autonomy, flexibility, and the academic calendar!

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