Lady with dark blonde hair wearing multi color floral shirt

January D. Haile

Chair of Science and Mathematics Division

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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PhD from Virginia Tech in Biochemistry
BS from Emory & Henry College in Biology and Chemistry



January Haile joined the faculty at Centre College in 2008, was promoted to associate professor in 2015.  Haile has served as the Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics since 2022.   

Raised in Athens, Tennessee, Haile graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Emory & Henry College.  She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Virginia Tech.  Her Ph.D. research focused on characterizing kinases in Archaea to understand the effects of phosphorylation of protein activity.   

Haile regularly teaches General Chemistry, Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Cellular Metabolism. Haile focuses on having her students deeply involved in their own learning, often relating material to “real world” concepts.  Haile has received several awards, including the Rookie of Year (2009), Centre Scholar (2012-2014), Virginia Tech’s Outstanding Departmental Recent Alumni Award for biochemistry (2013).  

Haile is highly active on campus; she has chaired the Division of Science and Mathematics, Chemistry Program, the subcommittee on General Education Mission and Learning Goals of the Committee on Curriculum and Academic Standards, chair of the General Education Implementation Committee, and co-chair of the strategic planning subcommittee on access and availability, as well as serving on the Strategic Planning steering committee.  Haile is heavily involved at her alma mater as well, serving on the Board of Trustees at Emory & Henry College, since 2021.   

Affiliations and Memberships 

  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • Kennelly, Peter J. and January D. Haile. Chapter 51: Muscle and Cytoskeleton. Harper's Illustrated Biochemistry, 32nd edition.
  • Kristen D. Fulfer, Erin Wachter, Jennifer L. Muzyka, Leonard T. Demoranville, Jeffrey E. Fieberg, January D. Haile, Daniel Scott, Yang Song, Joe M. Workman, and Karin J. Young. #StayCentred: Maintaining Personal Education at Centre College During COVID-19. Journal of Chemical Education 2020 97 (9), 2783-2787. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c00726
  • January D. Haile, Conference on Flipped Classroom: Using a Blog To Flip a Classroom. J. Chem. Educ. 2015, 92 (9), 1572, 1573.
  • Ray, W.K.; Potters, M.B.; January D. Haile.; Kennelly, P.J. Activation of SsoPK4, an Archaeal Kinase Homolog, by Oxidized CoA. Proteomes 2015, 3, 89-116.

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