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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biology Professor
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/29/1967
Birth Location:
Columbia, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biology Professor
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/29/1967
Birth Location:
Columbia
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Biography

Biologist and biology professor Tyrone B. Hayes was born on July 29, 1967 in Columbia, South Carolina, to Romeo and Susie Hayes. In the forests near Columbia, Hayes first became interested in the way that frogs morphed from tadpoles to their adult form. He graduated from Dreher High School in 1985 and then earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in biology in 1989 from Harvard University. His dissertation on the genetic and environmental mechanisms determining the gender of the wood frog would be indicative of the research he would pursue later. After graduating from Harvard University, Hayes continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. degree in integrative biology in 1993 for his study of the role of hormones in mediating developmental responses to environmental changes in amphibians.

Hayes worked as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before he became an assistant professor at the University in 1994. He was appointed to a full professorship position in 2003. Hayes’ scientific research continues to focus on the potential of genetic adaptation and the role of hormones in the development of the amphibian. His investigations have shown that chemical agents, such as a commonly used herbicide, have the ability to negatively impact the sexual development of the amphibian, even when such toxins are present in low concentrations. Hayes has taken an interest in the hormonal regulation and development of aggressive behavior. Hayes has also been active with the National Science Foundation Review Panel since 1995, and he has served on several other advisory boards as well.

Hayes has won several awards for his teaching and his research, including the Distinguished Teaching Award from University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and the President’s Citation Award from the American Institute of Biological Science in 2004. He was also awarded the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award and the Jennifer Altman Award in 2005.

Hayes lives in California with his wife, Kathy Kim, and their two children, Tyler and Kassina.

Tyrone Hayes was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 7, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tyrone Hayes shares his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tyrone Hayes recalls his mother's childhood memories of Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tyrone Hayes discusses his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tyrone Hayes describes his father's memories of growing up in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tyrone Hayes describes his father's career path
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Tyrone Hayes shares the story of how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his childhood neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Tyrone Hayes shares his earliest childhood memories of growing up in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Tyrone Hayes reflects on his interest in the outdoors and wildlife
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Tyrone Hayes considers his family's role in his interest in science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his parents' views on toy weapons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tyrone Hayes recalls his dreams of becoming an explorer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tyrone Hayes shares memories of elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tyrone Hayes discusses learning about science outside of the classroom
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tyrone Hayes describes his early fascination with frogs and reptiles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tyrone Hayes discusses his role models and the zoo as key influences during his junior high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his musical influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Tyrone Hayes discusses attending a middle school for artistically talented and gifted students
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Tyrone Hayes describes his first interactions with white people
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Tyrone Hayes recounts his experiences with focusing and being tracked in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Tyrone Hayes remembers his high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Tyrone Hayes describes the difference between a vocational and an academically enriched program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tyrone Hayes describes his high school classes and teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tyrone Hayes discusses youth including his breeding of lizards and locusts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tyrone Hayes discusses the global decline of amphibians
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tyrone Hayes describes the effects of industrialization on the environment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tyrone Hayes describes his interest in science fiction
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tyrone Hayes discusses dating in high school and college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his laboratory work during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Tyrone Hayes talks about applying only to Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Tyrone Hayes describes his difficult transition in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Tyrone Hayes recalls his Harvard University experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Tyrone Hayes recalls some of the African American individuals and organizations of Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Tyrone Hayes describes meeting his future wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Tyrone Hayes explains the importance of control and discipline for college success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tyrone Hayes discusses the importance of having the experience working in a laboratory during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tyrone Hayes describes the title of endocrinologist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tyrone Hayes explains how he chose to do his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley [Berkeley, California]
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tyrone Hayes describes the atmosphere of the endocrinology groups at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tyrone Hayes describes the declining amphibian population and the role of frogs as environmental indicators
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tyrone Hayes explains the role of hormones in amphibian metamorphosis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Tyrone Hayes explains the term "endocrine disruptor"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Tyrone Hayes responds to the question about the black presence on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley [Berkeley, California]
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Tyrone Hayes discusses the problems of the African clawed frog, an invasive species
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Tyrone Hayes describes his research studies in Kenya
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Tyrone Hayes discusses his post-graduate studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his work for the Environmental Protection Agency and Ecorisk, part 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Tyrone Hayes talks about his work for the Environmental Protection Agency and Ecorisk, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tyrone Hayes discusses his views on pharmaceuticals and herbicides
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tyrone Hayes discusses the results of his tests on the effects Atrazine on frogs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tyrone Hayes discusses the effects of Atrazine on human health
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tyrone Hayes reveals companies that sell chemicals to cause and cure disease
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Tyrone Hayes discusses the reactions of Novartis in response to his publishing his findings, part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Tyrone Hayes discusses the reactions of Novartis in response to his publishing his findings, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Tyrone Hayes explains how he has funded his research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Tyrone Hayes explains his patent, the Hyperolius Argus Endocrine Screen [HAES]
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Tyrone Hayes details the work in his laboratory
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Tyrone Hayes explains that his lab has studied fish in the past
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Tyrone Hayes discusses how others have become involved in the fight against the use of Atrazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Tyrone Hayes describes the importance of blind sampling
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Tyrone Hayes describes his scientific philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Tyrone Hayes describes the balancing of his personal and professional lives
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Tyrone Hayes discusses his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Tyrone Hayes addresses the problem of education in the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Tyrone Hayes describes the importance of exposing nonscientists to the scientific professions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Tyrone Hayes describes the additional effects of Atrazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Tyrone Hayes discusses the problem of putting his scientific findings in a social context
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Tyrone Hayes reflects on the honors he has received
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Tyrone Hayes describes his fitness regime
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Tyrone Hayes reviews his life decisions
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Tyrone Hayes responds to questions about his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Tyrone Hayes talks about how he wants to be remembered