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Science Faculty


Christine McCauslin, Ph.D. - Chair

Associate Professor of Biochemistry

B.S. Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.S. Hood College; Ph.D. George Washington University

Research Interests: Transcriptional regulation of brain stress responses.



Rosie Bolen, Ph.D. - Vice Chair, Biology, Environmental Science & Health Sciences

Assistant Professor of Biology

B.A. Mary Baldwin College; Ph.D. Miami University

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, foraging behavior, plant-herbivore evolution



Chris Bradley, Ph.D. - Vice Chair, Biochemistry & Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.S. University of Kentucky; Ph.D. Cornell University

Research Interests: Base metal catalysis, Inorganic Chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, Organometallic synthesis, and X-ray crystallography.
The Bradley Research Group explores synthesis of reactive, air sensitive cobalt and manganese complexes for use as catalysts that mediate the functionalization of carbon-hydrogen bonds in organic substrates.


Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown, M.S.

Biology Lab Manager and Lecturer

B.A. St. John's College; M.S. Hood College


Katy Dye

Kathryn Dye, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

B.A. Augustana College; Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago

Research Interests: Microbiology and Immunology-B and T lymphocyte responses to Ebola virus, Cell biology- differentiation of antibody secreting plasma cells via the unfolded protein response.



Patricia Kreke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.A. Transylvania University; Ph.D. University of Tennessee

Research Interests: Directs student research in the area of surfactant chemistry and the development of experiments utilized in the undergraduate laboratories; additional interests include polymer chemistry and the history of women in space.



Abigail Kula, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

B.S. Texas A&M University; M.S. Kansas State University; Ph.D. University of Maryland

Research Interests: Plant ecology, insect ecology, plant-insect interactions, plant demography, pollination, population dynamics, mutualism.


Danny G. Miles, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

B.S., M.S. University of Alabama; Ph.D. University of North Carolina

Research Interests: Developing novel optical methods to study time dependent chemical and biophysical phenomena



Garth E. Patterson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry

B.S. Westminster College, Ph.D. Purdue University

Research Interests: Development of  novel mass spectrometric techniques and ultra-fast sampling of complex materials


Jeffrey Simmons, Ph.D.

Dean, Associate Professor of Environmental Science

B.A. University of Rochester; M.S., Ph.D. Cornell University

Research Interests: Ecosystem ecology, aquatic ecology, toxicology, watersheds, effects of heavy metal pollutants on stream ecosystems.


Andrea Solis, Ph.D.

Chemistry Lab Manager and Lecturer

B.S. Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico; M.S., Ph.D. National Autonomous University of Mexico

Research Interests: Absorption and desorption of polymer thin films, deposition and characterization of semiconductor and metallic thin films.


Jennifer Staiger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

B.S. University of Delaware; Ph.D. Uniform Sciences University of Health Science

Research Interests: The regulation of cytokines modulation, the inflammatory response to bacterial infection; the role of transcription factors in controlling the growth of myeloid tumor cells.


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Michael Turner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

B.S. Brigham Young University; M.S., Ph.D. Yale University

Research Interests: in vitro and in vivo miRNA: target validation studies, general role of miRNAs in maintaining health and wellness at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of life


Dana Pirone Ward, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

B.S. Mount St. Mary's University; Ph.D. Georgetown University

Research Interests: Vascular cell biology, mechanisms of arteriosclerosis, angiogenesis, microfabrication technologies

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