Biology & Biochemistry Faculty & Staff

The biology and biochemistry faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship with a Christian worldview. They represent a diversity of graduate training, experiences, and perspectives in the sciences.

Because of the demanding and highly competitive nature of science, we provide special guidance in course choices, research projects, field experience, future education and career choices.

Faculty

John M. Schmitt

Director, School of Natural Sciences

Professor of Biology

Research Interests

  • Cell growth, survival and oncogenesis (cancer)
Nkem Azike

Nkem Azike, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Isolation and characterization of essential oils from spices
  • Cation exchange capacity of soils
  • Heavy metal risks from edible plants, soils and water
R. Carlisle Chambers

Professor of Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Novel chemical systems for applications in nanotechnology and medicine
Jeffrey M. Duerr

Professor of Biology

Research Interests

  • Membrane transport proteins
  • Cellular respiration
Kayly Lembke

Assistant Professor of Biology

Research Interests

  • Motor neuron physiology
Donald R. Powers

Professor of Biology

Research Interests

  • Energetic costs & water regulation of animals, especially hummingbirds
Amanda Robert

Assistant Professor of Biology

Research Interests

  • Human function, biology concepts, and environmental science
Matthew Stump

Chair, Department of Biological and Molecular Sciences

Associate Professor of Biology

Research Interests

  • Long QT syndrome, a life-threatening cardiac disorder
William Swinehart

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Jeff Vargason

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Protein-nucleic acid interactions
  • Protein and nucleic acid structure determination
  • RNA silencing suppression mechanisms

Professor Emeriti

Paul Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain

Professor Emeritus

Dwight Kimberly

Dwight Kimberly

Science Outreach Community Liaison

Professor Emeritus

Kathy Weiss

Kathy Weiss

Professor Emeritus

Staff

Teresa Arnold

Teresa Arnold

Laboratory Coordinator

Sandy Baxter

Sandy Baxter

Administrative Assistant

Vetta Berokoff

Vetta Berokoff

Administrative Assistant

Tennille Hostetler

Tennille Hostetler

Laboratory Coordinator

Science Outreach Administrator