Tabitha M. Hardy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: 218 Stinson Mathematics and Science Building

Telephone: 205-366-8898

Education and Training

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS, 1996-2000

Concentration: Biology Education​


Master of Science (M.S.), Jackson State University, Jackson, MS,  2002-2004

Concentration: Biology

Thesis: The Effects of Demineralized Bone Matrix Proteins and Osteogenic Protein-1 on Bone Cells Isolated in Culture

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, August 2004-August 2010

Concentrations: Cancer Biology and DNA Repair

Dissertation: Regulation of XPC DNA Repair Protein in the context of the G1/S Cell Cycle Checkpoint

Post-Doctoral Training,  Researcher and MERIT  [Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction, and Teaching] Scholar, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, September 2010-Present

Concentrations: Cancer Biology and Epigenetics



Samantha L. Martin, Tabitha M. Hardy, and Trygve Tollefsbol. Molecular Synergistic Effects of Caloric Restriction and the Epigenetic Diet on Longevity. Current Medicinal Chemistry. 20(32): 4050-9, 2013.


Rishabh Kala, Gregory W. Peek, Tabitha M. Hardy, and Trygve O. Tollefsbol. MicroRNAs: an emerging science in cancer epigenetics. Journal of Clinical Bioinformatics. March 3:6, 2013.


Yuanyuan Li, Syed. M. Meeran, Shweta N. Patel, Huaping Chen, Tabitha M. Hardy, and Trygve O.     Tollefsbol. Epigenetic reactivation of estrogen receptor-α (ERα) by genistein enhances hormonal therapy sensitivity in ERα-negative breast cancer. Molecular Cancer. Feb;12:9, 2013.


Yuanyuan Li, Huaping Chen, Tabitha M Hardy and Trygve O. Tollefsbol.  Epigenetic regulation of multiple tumor-related genes leads to suppression of breast tumorigenesis by dietary genistein. PLOS ONE. Epub Jan.14, 2013.


Huaping Chen, Tabitha M. Hardy, and Trygve O. Tollefsbol. Epigenomics of Ovarian Cancer and its Chemoprevention. Frontiers in Epigenomics. Oct;2 (67), 2011.


Tabitha M. Hardy and Trygve O. Tollefsbol. The epigenetic diet: Impact on the epigenome and cancer. Epigenomics. Aug;3(4): 503-18, 2011.


Tabitha M. Hardy, MA Suresh Kumar and Martin L. Smith. RB stabilizes XPC and promotes cellular NER. Anticancer Research. Jul;30(7):2483-8, 2010.


Joshua L. Fischer, MA Suresh Kumar, Travis W. Day, Tabitha M. Hardy, Shari Hamilton, Cynthia   Besch-Williford, Ahmad Safa, Karen Pollok, and Martin L. Smith. The XPC DNA repair gene markedly affects cell survival in mouse bone marrow involves the Cul4a/Cdt1 checkpoint. Mutagenesis. Jul; 24(4):309-16, 2009.


Tabitha Hardy, Benghuzzi, H., Russell, G., Cameron, J. A., and Tucci, M. The effects of demineralized bone matrix proteins and osteogenic protein-1 on bone cells isolated in culture. Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation. 42;66-71, 2006.


Book Chapter:

Tabitha M. Hardy and Trygve O. Tollefsbol. "Epigenetic Modifications by Dietary Phytochemicals in Cancer Prevention" Inflammation and Cancer: Mechanisms and Dietary Approaches for Cancer Prevention. Taylor and Francis 2014