A. Oveta Fuller

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Almyra Oveta Fuller
BornAugust 31, 1955
Mebane, North Carolina
OccupationAssociate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
EmployerUniversity of Michigan Medical School

A. Oveta Fuller is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at University of Michigan Medical School and specializes in research of the Herpes simplex virus as well as HIV/AIDS. She and her research team discovered a B5 receptor,[1] advancing the understanding of the Herpes simplex virus and the cells it attacks. In 2014, she was named Associate Director of the University of Michigan African Studies Center.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Fuller was born on August 31, 1955 to her mother, Deborah Woods Fuller, who was a teacher, and her father, Herbert R. Fuller, who ran the family farm.[3] She grew up near Yanceyville, North Carolina where she was the middle child of three.[3] In school, she was inspired by two notable biology teachers: Ms. Elam and Mr. Majette.[3] After graduating from high school, she earned an Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which she received a BA in biology in 1977.


After completing five years of postgraduate research at the University of Chicago, Dr. Fuller joined the faculty at University of Michigan Medical School in 1988 in the department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. Fuller is the pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episocopal Church in Adrian, Michigan,[4] the science advisor the global AME Church, and an adjunct faculty member at Payne Theological Seminary where she teaches a course in the biology of HIV/AIDS.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Dr. Fuller received a Fulbright US Scholar Program award in 2012 and began nine months of research in the Copperbelt region in Zambia in January 2013.[5] The work focused on bringing biomedical information into communities through local religious leaders.


  1. ^ Perez, A; Li, QX; Perez-Romero, P; Delassus, G; Lopez, SR; Sutter, S; McLaren, N; Fuller, AO (June 2005). "A new class of receptor for herpes simplex virus has heptad repeat motifs that are common to membrane fusion proteins". Journal of Virology. 79 (12): 7419–30. doi:10.1128/jvi.79.12.7419-7430.2005. PMC 1143644. PMID 15919898.
  2. ^ "Oveta Fuller Joins African Studies Center as Associate Director". GlobalReach. 1 Aug 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Kessler, James H.; Kidd, J.S.; Kidd, Renee A.; Morin, Katherine A. (1996). Distinguished African American Scientists of the 20th Century. Phoenix, Az: Oryx Press. ISBN 0-89774-955-3.
  4. ^ Brown, Kevin (21 November 2005). "U-M microbiology professor takes yearlong sabbatical to fight HIV-AIDS". University Record Online. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  5. ^ "A. Oveta Fuller Earns Fullbright [sic] Scholar Grant". University of Michigan Global Reach. 10 Jan 2013. Retrieved 24 Feb 2015.