Program advisors 

  • Craig Tepper

Core faculty

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    Barbara Christie-Pope

    Professor of Biology

    Teaches courses in biology, including Neurobiology, Immunology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. She has research interests in neuropharmacology and degenerative diseases of the brain, and recent studies with students and University of Iowa researchers are examining zebrafish for a potential link between pigment producing melanocytes in the skin and dopaminergic neurons in the brain. Ph.D., pharmacology, University of South Alabama.

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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., biochemistry and biophysics, Oregon State University.

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    Craig Tepper

    Professor of Biology

    Teaches courses in biology, including Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Developmental Biology. His research with students focuses on molecular genetics and marine symbionts, and includes collaborations on coral bleaching and the loss of reef habitat in the Caribbean. Ph.D., molecular plant pathology, Utah State University.

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    Catherine Volle

    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

    Teaches introductory and advanced courses in biology and chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. She and her students use chemical techniques to investigate biological problems. They investigate new and exciting ways to kill bacteria and how viral proteins can disrupt non-canonical DNA structures. Ph.D., molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry, Brown University.

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Affiliated faculty in biology


Affiliated faculty in chemistry

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    Charley Liberko

    Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches courses in organic chemistry and Chemical Principles I and II. Ph.D., philosophy, organic chemistry, University of Minnesota.

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    Jai Shanata

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches courses in organic chemistry and Chemical Principles I and II. Ph.D., chemistry, California Institute of Technology.

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    Cindy Strong

    Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches Chemical Principles I and II, Accelerated General Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry. Ph.D., chemistry, California Institute of Technology.

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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., chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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