Tony Slieman earned a doctoral degree in pathobiology and microbiology from the Department of Veterinary Sciences and Microbiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson; a master's degree in medical microbiology from the American University of Beirut; and a teaching diploma in education, plus a B.S. in biology, from the Lebanese American University. His bench research was mostly on the spores of the genera Bacilli and their resistance to environmental conditions.

Slieman has over 19 years of full-time teaching experience. He has taught microbiology, anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, and genetics. His current scholarly activities involve developing case studies that incorporate basic science information into the clinical practice of medicine to enhance student learning. He also studies the use of concept maps in medical education.

Slieman has been extensively engaged in curriculum development at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also an item writer for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (Division of Microbiology and Immunology).

Slieman has recently joined the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Office of Academic Affairs--Jonesboro as director. He is enjoying his new role in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the students’ preclinical years.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Case-Based Group Learning Using Concept Maps


  • Slieman, Tony A. and Troy Camarata, 2019. Case-Based Group Learning Using Concept Maps to Achieve Multiple Educational Objectives and Behavioral Outcomes. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development.
  • Nicholson, Wayne L., Patricia Fajardo-Cavazos, Roberto Rebeil, Tony A. Slieman, Paul J. Riesenman, Jocelyn F. Law, and Yaming Xue, 2002. Bacterial endospores and their significance in stress resistance. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek 81 (1-4): 27-32. (Cited 79 times)
  • Slieman, Tony A. and Wayne L. Nicholson, 2000. Artificial and solar UV radiation induces strand breaks and cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in Bacillus subtilis spore DNA. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 66 (1): 199-205. (Cited 151 times)
  • Slieman, Tony A. and Wayne L. Nicholson, 2001. Role of dipicolinic acid in survival of Bacillus subtilis spores exposed to artificial and solar UV radiation. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 67 (3):1274-1279. (Cited 141 times)
  • Slieman, Tony A., Roberto Rebeil, and Wayne L. Nicholson, 2000. Spore photoproduct (SP) lyase from Bacillus subtilis specifically binds to and cleaves SP (5-thyminyl-5,6-dihydrothymine) and not cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in UV-irradiated DNA. Journal of Bacteriology. 182 (22): 6412-6417. (Cited 56 times)

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Foundation of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Principles and Practice of Osteopathic Medicine I, II and III