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Schauer, Isaiah
Office Location:HS-225F
Dept:Division of Mathematics & Life Sciences
Title:Instructor of Life Sciences

I was born and raised in Wilsonville, Oregon, in the beautiful Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest. After high school, I attended Clackamas Community College on a full-ride scholarship for Music. I struggled for the first year as pre-Music major, eventually deciding to take a break from formal schooling. One year later, finding a strong determination to pursue science, I attended a different school, Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Initially I intended on taking courses that would transfer into a Geology or Volcanology major. But it was at this point in my academic career that a major turning point occurred: Organic Chemistry with Dr. Wendell E. Pepperdine. He truly inspired me with his passion for science, commitment to research, and accomplishments in teaching others (both at Lane CC and at a major University of California). Dr. Pepperdine gave up hours of his time to sit in his office with me, discussing in-depth things like research opportunities, the structure of academia, pursuing a research-track Ph.D. career, and what graduate-level programs are like.

Because of the inspiration and encouragement of Dr. Pepperdine, I not only received my A.A. from Lane, but I attended Oregon State University and received my B.S. in the dual-major Biochemistry and Biophysics program. There I met another influential and motivating mentor, Dr. Christopher Mathews, who strongly encouraged me to apply for doctoral research programs at schools all over the US. By far the most impressive interviews were at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

I got to Texas as quick as I could to attend Baylor, receiving my Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying prostate cancer and the benign growth disease BPH. My mentor Dr. David Rolwey and my amazing wife Michele both worked hard on convincing me that my talent and passion was for teaching. Most Life science graduate programs at State Universities involve the requirement of TAing undergrad or graduate coursework throughout your degree program. Not so at Baylor College of Medicine, or at similar institutions like Johns Hopkins, which only train graduate and medical students in the research-hospital model. So I volunteered as a student research mentor, judged middle school science fairs - - anything I could find to allow me more teaching experience.

After finishing my degree at Baylor, I decided to apply for teaching positions, and was hired as an adjunct faculty member at University of St. Thomas because the Chair of Biology decided to take a chance on me. I thoroughly enjoyed the small classroom environment, where I could answer questions and really stimulate student creativity. I taught full-time for a year, mentoring several students on independent research projects, and enjoyed the heck out of it. But then the full impact of the Great Recession hit UST in 2009, and I had to find another position quickly.

I dove back into the intense research environment as a postdoctoral fellow at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, where I studied the intricacies of reciprocal interaction between relatively normal fibroblasts and adjacent tumor cells in the development of ovarian cancer.  After 2 years, I realized that teaching truly was my passion, and became a part of the Life Sciences faculty at Brazosport.

I truly look forward to inspiring all of you students to pursue your dreams, and to developing productive and collegial relationships with the faculty.


Education Web Part Menu 

Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
B.S. Biochemistry/Biophysics, Oregon State University
A.A. Transfer Degree, Lane Community College


Publications Web Part Menu 


Schauer IG, Ressler SJ, Tuxhorn JA, Dang TD, and Rowley DR, "Elevated epithelial expression of interleukin-8 correlates with myofibroblast reactive stroma in benign prostatic hyperplasia", 2008, Urology, Jul;72(1):205-13 Go to the article

Schauer IG, Ressler SJ, and Rowley DR, "Keratinocyte-derived chemokine induces prostate epithelial hyperplasia and a reactive stroma in a novel transgenic mouse model", 2009, Prostate, Mar 1;69(4):373-84 Go to the article

Schauer IG, Sood AK, Mok S, and Liu J, "Cancer-associated fibroblasts and their putative role in potentiating the initiation and development of epithelial ovarian cancer. 2011, Neoplasia", May;13(5):393-405 Go to the article

Guo, X, Liu, G, Schauer, IG (co-first author), Yang G, Mercado-Uribe I, Yang F, Zhang S, He Y, and Liu J, "Overexpression of the β Subunit of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Promotes the Transformation of Human Ovarian Epithelial Cells and Ovarian Tumorigenesis", 2011, American Journal of Pathology, Sept;179(3):1385-93 Go to the article

Schauer IG & Rowley DR, "The functional role of reactive stroma in benign prostatic hyperplasia", 2011, Differentiation, Nov-Dec;82(4-5):200-10, Epub 2011 Jun 12 Go to the article

Huang L, Schauer IG, Zhang J, Mercado-Uribe I, Deavers MT, Huang J and Liu J, “The Oncogenic Gene Fusion TMPRSS2:ERG is Not a Diagnostic or Prognostic Marker for Ovarian Cancer”, 2011, International Journal of Clinical Experimental Pathology, Dec;4(7):644-50, Epub 2011 Sept 15 Go to the article

Schauer IG, Zhang J, Xing Z, Guo X, Mercado-Uribe I, Sood A, Huang P and Liu J, “Interleukin-1β Promotes Ovarian Tumorigenesis through a p53/NF-κB-mediated Inflammatory Response in Stromal Fibroblasts”, 2013, Neoplasia, April;15(4): 409-420 Go to the article

Schauer, IG
and J Liu, Tumor Microenvironment Markers of Reactive Stroma α-Smooth Muscle Actin and Tenascin-C Are Independent Predictors of Poor Prognosis in Ovarian Cancer”, Manuscript in preparation for April 2013 submission to American Journal of Pathology

Awards & Honors

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Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology Graduate Student Symposium 3rd Place Platform Speaker Award - Baylor College of Medicine, April 2005

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Symposium 3rd Place Poster Award - Baylor College of Medicine, April 2006

Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology Graduate Student Symposium 3rd Place Platform Speaker Award - Baylor College of Medicine, April 2007

Mentor for Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society - University of St. Thomas, 2008-2009

Center for Faculty Excellence Thank-A-Prof honoree - Univerity of St. Thomas, February 2009

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development & the League for Innovation in Cumminuty Colleges John & Suanne Roueche Excellence in Teaching Award - Brazosport College, 2014-2015 Academic year


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