Academics: Faculty

Spelman Celebrates the Life and Legacy of
Gladys Bayse, Ph.D.

Gladys Bayse

Devoted to her students and to the mission of Spelman College, Dr. Gladys Bayse began her career teaching chemistry at Morehouse College, but when Spelman started its own department, she became the College's first Chemistry Department chair. 

Her service to Spelman College spanned nearly 40 years. She made a tremendous contribution to the study of chemistry at Spelman, and will be greatly missed. 

Dr. Bayse passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2013. In honor of Dr. Gladys Bayse, the Spelman College flag was flown at half-mast on Monday, July 29, 2013.

Dr. Bayse is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dr. David Bayse.  In lieu of a local funeral service, her husband has requested that the College hold a memorial service in Sisters Chapel after the start of the fall semester so that her many campus colleagues and friends can attend.

The Memorial Service for Dr. Bayse will be held:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Spelman College
Sisters Chapel
4:00 pm

Cards and Condolences can be sent to:
Dr. David D. Bayse
c/o Spelman College
College Relations
350 Spelman Lane, SW
Box 2023
Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4399

Dr. Gladys Bayse' Profile

Educational Background:

University of Tennessee, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, M.A.
University of Memphis, B.A.

Courses Taught:

  • CHE 311-312- Biochemistry Lecture
  • CHE 313L- Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHE 410- Principles of Biochemistry
  • CHE 411- Toxicology
  • CHE 429- Chemistry Senior Seminar
  • CHE 431-434 -Undergraduate Research in Chemistry
  • CHE 446- Advanced Biochemistry

Research Interests:

  • Human and environmental impact of the organic arsenal additives to poultry and swine feed
  • Enzyme kinetics of cytochrome P-450 reactions as applied to benzenearsonates
  • Development of analytical techniques for study of the herbicide Atrazine and its derivatives


  • G.S. Bayse, L.P. Hammonds-Odie, K.M. Jackson, D.K. Tucker and W.G. Kirlin (2013), Permeation of Roxarsone and its Metabolites Increases Caco-2 Cell Proliferation. Advances in Biological Chemistry, accepted July 2013.
  • Bayse, G.S., Jinadu, L.A., Shaw, K. L., Wiley, K.L. (2000), The N-acetylation of arsanilic acid in vitro by mammalian enzymes. Drug Metabolism and Disposition 28:487-492.
  • Bayse, G.S., Kirlin, W.G., Kirkland, P.D. (2004), Effects of roxarsine and its metabolites on Caco-2 cell proliferation. Toxicologist 82:1447.
  • Bayse, G.S., Jackson, K.M., Kirlin, W.G., Rollins-Hairston, A. (2006), Proliferation of human Caco-2 cells mediated by N-acetylation and oxidation reactions of 3-amino-4-hydroxybenzenearsonate . Toxicologist 90:674
  • Bayse, G.S., Hammonds-Odie, L.P., Jackson, K.M., Kirlin, W.G., Robinson, D.K., and Rollins-Hairston, A., (2007), Permeation of benzenearsonates provides sufficient concentrations to cause alteration in Caco-2 cell proliferation. Toxicologist 96: 1174. .
  • Robinson, D.K., Hammonds-Odie, L.P., Jackson, K.M., Kirlin, W.G., and Bayse, G.S. (2010). Caco-2 cell permeation of five benzenearsonates increases likelihood of hepatic biotransformations. Toxicologist 114:1101.

Professional Leadership

  • Atlanta University Center Radiation Safety Committee (1992-2012)
  • Member, U.S.D.A. National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (2003-2008)
  • Chair, Chemistry Department, Spelman College(1977-1992)