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Steve Figard

Steve Figard

Department of Biology
Division of Natural Science
College of Arts and Science



  • PhD, Biochemistry, Florida State University
  • MS, Chemistry, Northern Illinois University
  • BA, Biological Sciences, Cornell University



On August 1, 2012, Dr. Steve Figard became the first full-time Research Director for Bob Jones University. Dr. Figard came with over 25 years of experience as a research biochemist at Abbott Laboratories near Chicago, where he effectively managed research teams as lead scientist. He earned a BS in Neurobiology from Cornell University, an MS in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Northern Illinois University and a PhD in Biochemistry (Immunology) from Florida State University. Following his PhD work, Dr. Figard did postdoctoral study at Los Alamos National Laboratories developing techniques related to radiolabeled antibodies.

During his more than 25 years at Abbott, Dr. Figard developed a wide variety of automated in vitro diagnostic immunoassays. His immunoassay for the hepatitis C virus was ranked the best in the world by the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Europe after they tested all the products on the market at that time (late 1990s). He has developed five immunoassays related to cancer (free and total PSA, CEA, AFP and CA19-9) and was senior lead scientist for all the diagnostic cancer assays on the ARCHITECT. In his later years at Abbott, his job experience and training in statistics led to his recognition as a valuable resource for statistical analysis issues within the projects to which he was assigned. Overall, Dr. Figard’s work produced two patents. He is the author of a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, wrote a chapter for each of two biotechnology books and has given more than 40 scientific presentations.

During his tenure here at BJU, Dr. Figard has mentored biology students through research experiences that have, to date, resulted in several posters being presented at national conferences. More recently, he also authored a textbook on biostatistics that focuses on biology students who really would rather not be in that class, but need to in order to mature into competent biological scientists.

When not coordinating research activities or teaching the research related biology courses on campus, Dr. Figard enjoys reading, especially the Puritans, discussing theology, chess, and being dragged around the county by his four Crockett Doodles.