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Core Faculty

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    Jeff Cardon

    Professor of Biology and Chemistry

    Teaches courses in biology and chemistry, including Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and the BMB elective Microbiology. Recent research with students has focused on energy utilization in the yeast S. cerevisae, which might shed light on biological causes of obesity in humans. Ph.D., UCLA; B.S., University of Utah

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    Brian Nowak-Thompson

    Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry

    Teaches courses in biology and chemistry, including Organic Chemistry Lab, Biochemistry, and the BMB elective Chemical Ecology. Students in his lab study the production of bacterial metabolites that inhibit plant pathogens and are sometimes used in place of agricultural pesticides. Ph.D. and M.S., Oregon State University; B.S., Northland College

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    Craig Tepper

    Professor of Biology

    Teaches a range of courses in biology, including Genetics and the BMB elective Developmental Biology. He regularly leads a section of the Biological Problems capstone course in the Bahamas, the results of which feed into long-term studies of the molecular evolution of fire corals. Ph.D., Utah State University; M.S., San Diego State University; M.A., Indiana University; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara


Affiliated Faculty in Biology

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    Barbara Christie-Pope

    Professor of Biology

    Teaches courses in biology, including the BMB electives Neurobiology and Immunology, as well as the Biological Problems capstone. Ph.D., University of South Alabama; B.S., University of Oklahoma; B.S., University of South Alabama

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    Marty Condon

    Professor of Biology

    Teaches the capstone course, Biological Problems. Ph.D., University of Texas; B.S. University of Michigan

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    Andy McCollum

    Professor of Biology

    Teaches Foundations: Organismal Biology. Ph.D., Duke University; B.S. North Carolina State University

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    Tammy Mildenstein

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Teaches Foundations: Organismal Biology. M.S. and Ph.D. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula; B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University


Affiliated Faculty in Chemistry

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    Charley Liberko

    Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches courses in organic chemistry and Chemical Principles I & II. Ph.D., University of Minnesota; B.A., College of St. Thomas

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    Cindy Strong

    Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches Chemical Principles I and II, Accelerated General Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry. Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; B.A., Whitman College

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    Jai Shanata

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches courses in organic chemistry and Chemical Principles I & II. Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology; B.A., Cornell College

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    Craig Teague

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches Chemical Principles I and II, Accelerated General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and the BMB elective Physical Chemistry. Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.S., Missouri State University