- B.S. in Biology (concentration in Medical Humanities)- Davidson College
- Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine- Wake Forest University
- Postdoctoral Associate- State University of New York at Stony Brook
Dr. Talbert has served as a Biology faculty member since 2012, serving at the University of Louisiana at Monroe before coming to Limestone in 2021. He considers himself a teacher first, and has served in that role as a classroom instructor, a leader of student research, and a mentor for premedical, predental, preveterinary, pre-PA, pre-genetic counseling, and preoptometry students. His courses have ranged in topic, including general biology, human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, endocrinology, cell and molecular biology, and biomedical ethics.
His research interests include the molecular pathogenesis of obesity and type 2 diabetes, the genetics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and he has worked in both human study populations and Drosophila melanogaster. His work as an independent investigator in Drosophila has resulted in over $800,000 in direct grant funding, including a federal Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) from the National Institutes of Health. He has published in major peer reviewed journals with student coauthors, including in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, G3, Journal of Comparative Physiology B, and Heliyon. He has also presented at major national conferences, including the Drosophila Research Conference of the Genetics Society of America, Endo of the Endocrine Society, and the American Society of Human Genetics.
Dr. Talbert is proud to have served as a pre-health professional advisor during each year of his time as a faculty member, and now serves as Limestone University's Director of Premedical Studies. Dr. Talbert is passionate about providing opportunity to students in a laboratory setting and preparing students to be globally competitive in the classroom. However, as Director, he loves being able to directly assist students achieve their dreams in the medical field.