L. Preston Mercer, II, PhD
LRC 118, MDC 100
Education and History
Came to USF
B.S. University of Texas, 1968
Ph.D. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1971
Post Doc. University of Alabama, 1973
Dr. L. Preston Mercer graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, College of Medicine in Nutritional Biochemistry. He then spent 19 years in medical education in Alabama and Oklahoma, being on the founding faculty of two medical schools and one dental school, including being Chair of Biochemistry and Associate Dean of Biomedical Sciences. He then served as Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Mercer is an elected member of both the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Society of Nutritional Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and was a board member of the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists. Dr. Mercer has received numerous honors and awards, has over 140 articles in scientific publications and books, and memberships on editorial boards of professional journals. He has trained 65 students in his laboratory. For five years, he served the United Nations Third World Academy of Science as a Visiting Professor in Science and Sustainable Development to the Department of Nutrition, National Research Center, Giza, Dokki, Egypt. Dr. Mercer has spent 25 years in higher education administration and from 1999 to 2007, served as Campus Executive Officer for USF Polytechnic.