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Jay Brewster—Carrying on a tradition of teaching excellence

Brewster largeDr. Jay Brewster '93 loves his job, and it shows in the animated way he talks about what he does: “I truly love being a professor at a small, undergraduate-focused university not unlike Rice.“  During his 12 years at Pepperdine University, he has taught thousands of students and hosted over 50 research students in his lab.

“I recognize that students learn by doing, by getting into the laboratory and doing experiments. I work to integrate discovery into the laboratory components of my courses. In my research laboratory, I mentor students closely, working side-by-side with them in the manner I experienced at Rice.”

While at Rice he enjoyed working in a small laboratory where he was mentored by Professor Michael Gustin.
“I was one of his first graduate students and was truly blessed by his intellect, his commitment to performing excellent research, and his willingness to spend time training me and guiding me along. In the lab we took ‘informed risks’ in choosing projects, and I learned to appreciate the reward of doing something genuinely novel.”

He is proud of his degree because he feels that Rice has a reputation for academic quality. Three of his fellow faculty members are also Rice alums.  “We share stories about our experiences at Rice in the faculty lunchroom.”

Brewster strives to be a good scientist, a great teacher, and someone who positively impacts the lives of his students.

At Pepperdine Dr. Brewster is a full professor and also serves as Associate Provost. He teaches genetics, advanced biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. He graduated from Rice in 1993 with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology.