Brad Brayfield

Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Oklahoma,


M.S. Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

B.S. Microbiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS


2018 – 2021:  Graduate Research Assistant, Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

2014 – 2018:  Research Associate, Biology, University of Oklahoma

2012 – 2014:  Instructor,  Biological Sciences, Cameron University, Lawton, OK

2011 – 2012:  Adjunct Professor,  Rose State College, Midwest City, OK

2007 – 2009:  Research Specialist, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

2006 – 2007:  Research Specialist, Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Lab Assistant, 2015 – 2017, BIOL 2970, Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Instructor, 2012 – 2014, Cameron University, Lawton, OK

  • BIOL 2124 – Introduction to Microbiology (majors)
  • BIOL 1364 – Principles of Biology (majors)
  • BIOL 1004L – General Biology Laboratory (non-majors)

Adjunct Professor, 2011 – 2012, Rose State College, Midwest City, OK

  • LFSC 2424 – Human Physiology (majors) – 1 semester: Summer 2012
  • LFSC 1114 – Introduction to Biology (non-majors) – 2 semesters
  • HSBC 1224 – Introduction to Clinical Microbiology (majors) – 1 semester


Publications and Presentations


  1. Gaffin DD, Brayfield BP. 2017Exploring the chemo-textural familiarity hypothesis for scorpion navigation. Journal of Arachnology 45(3):265-270. full text article
  2. Gaffin DD, Brayfield BP. 2016. Autonomous Visual navigation of an indoor environment using a parsimonious, insect inspired familiarity algorithm. PLOS ONE 11(4): e0153706. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153706.
  3. Creekmore AL, Heffron CL, Brayfield BP, Roberts PC, Schmelz EM. 2013. Regulation of cytoskeleton organization by sphingosine in a mouse cell model of progressive ovarian cancer”. Biomolecules, 3(3).
  4. Mazzei J, Zhou H, Brayfield BP et al. 2011. Suppression of DSS-induced intestinal inflammation and inflammation-driven colon cancer by dietary sphingomyelin: importance of PPAR-g expression. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 22(12), 1160-1171.
  5. Minhas V, Brayfield BP et al. 2010. Primary gamma-herpesviral infection in Zambian children. BMC Infectious Diseases.
  6. Wojcicki J, Mwanahamuntu M, Minhas V, Djokic B, Kankasa C, Klaskala W, Brayfield BP et al. 2008. Mortality among HIV-1 and human herpesvirus type 8-affected mother-infant pairs in Zambia. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 17(9): 2238-43.
  7. Klaskala W, Brayfield BP et al. 2005. Epidemiological characteristics of Human Herpesvirus-8 in a large population of antenatal women in Zambia. Journal of Medical Virology 75(1):93-100.
  8. Brayfield BP, Kankasa C. et al. 2004. Distribution of Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus/human herpesvirus type 8 in Zambian maternal saliva and breast milk: implications for transmission. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 189: 2260-70.
  9. Perez-Filgueira DM, Brayfield BP et al. 2004. Preserved Antigenicity of HIV-1 p24 Produced and Purified in High Yields From Plants Innoculated Using a Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) Derived Vector. Journal of Virological Methods; 121(2):201-8.
  10. Brayfield, BP, West JT et al. 2004. Correspondence: Does the Risk of Abortion Increase in Women with High Human Herpesvirus-8 Antibody Titers. J. Inf. Dis. 188: 188:174-5.
  11. Brayfield, BP, S. Phiri et al. 2003. Postnatal human herpesvirus-8 and human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection in mothers and infants from Zambia. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 187:559-68.
  12. Mantina H, Kankasa C, Klaskala W, Brayfield B et al. 2001.  Vertical Transmission of Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus. International Journal of Cancer 94(5):749-52.


  • Brayfield BP, Katherine Hirschfeld, Ani Melkonyan, Kirsten de Beurs. Structural determinants of health and malaria in the post-Soviet Caucasus region. Society for Applied Anthropology. Portland, OR, USA. 2018.

  • Brayfield BP, Gaffin DD. Burrow adoption and navigation in the desert grassland scorpion, P. utahensis. Oral Presentation. 20th International Congress of Arachnology/American Arachnological Society joint meeting. Golden, CO, USA. 2016.
  • Gaffin DD, Brayfield BP. Indoor autonomous navigation using an insect inspired familiarity algorithm. Poster presentation. Gordon Research Conference. Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution and Neurobiology. Barga, Italy. 2015.
  • Brayfield BP, Gaffin DD, Suhren A, et al. Simulated autonomous navigation using a scene-familiarity based algorithm. Oral Presentation, International Symposium on Atmospheric Research using Remotely-piloted Aircraft. Norman, OK, USA. 2015.
  • Brayfield BP, de Beurs K. Factors influencing the incidence of Tickborne Rickettsial Diseases in Oklahoma since 2000. Oral Presentation, Southwestern Association of American Geographers. Austin, TX. 2011.
  • Brayfield BP, Mitchell CD et al. Transmission Routes and Risks of Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) infection in infants in Zambia. Poster Presentation, 13th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Denver, CO. 2006.
  • Brayfield BP, Phiri S et al. Risk factors of human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8)/Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) infection in Zambian children. Poster presentation, 7th International Workshop on KSHV/HHV8 and Related Agents. Santa Cruz, CA. 2004.
  • Brayfield BP, Kankasa C. et al. The distribution of viral DNA in human herpesvirus-8 seropositive mothers suggests saliva but not breast milk as a potential mediator of horizontal transmission in Zambia. Oral presentation, 6th International Workshop on KSHV/HHV8 and Related Agents. Glen Cove, NY. 2003.
  • Brayfield, BP, Phiri, S et al. Postnatal Human Herpesvirus-8 and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 Infection in Zambia. Poster presentation, 22nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology. Davis, CA. 2003.
  • Brayfield BP, Mantina H et al. HHV-8 Infection and Its Associated Risk Factors In Mother/Infant Pairs In Zambia. Oral presentation, 4th International Workshop on KSHV and Related Agents. Santa Cruz, CA. 2001.

Invited Presentations and outreach

  • Oklahoma BioBlitz. Guided night hikes and collection. 2016, 2017.
  • Community After School Program. Norman Public Schools. Norman, OK. 2016.
  • Science Enrichment Week. Terra Verde Discovery School. Norman, OK, USA. 2016.
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University “HHV-8 and HIV-1 infection in Sub-Saharan Africa”. 2000.

Technical experience

Molecular Biology and Animal Behavioral

  • >15 years of laboratory experience
  • Matlab animal tracking
  • Field work and collection of inverts
  • qPCR and primer/probe design
  • Mammalian cell culture
  • ELISA, IFA, Western blot, IP
  • DNA/RNA isolation, cDNA synthesis
  • DNA sequencing and PCR based cloning
  • Mammalian/bacterial transfection
  • Bacterial/virus growth and titer
  • Protein array analysis


  • 2005   University of Nebraska Fellowship – Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska $4,000
  • 2004   Maud Hammond Fling Fellow – Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska $14,000
  • 2003   Graduate Research Assistant of the Year – School of Biological Sciences
  • 2002   President – Biology Graduate Students Association
  • 1997   Undergraduate Cancer Research Award – KSU Center for Basic Cancer Research