Faculty & Staff

James Marker

James Marker

Human Biology Chair, Associate Professor
LS 449

Research Interests

My primary research interest relates to the role of hormones in the cardiovascular and metabolic response to exercise. I’ve studied the role of adrenaline etc. in regulating blood glucose during exercise.

Other Interests

Sports (tennis and triathlons); Travel, Camping/canoeing, Music Theater, Perform in a Folk... Read more »

Douglas Brusich

Douglas Brusich

Assistant Professor
LS 403

Education:  B.S., St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA; Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
 

Carly Kibbe

Carly Kibbe

Assistant Professor
LS 405

Michael Hencheck

Michael Hencheck

Associate Professor
LS 402

Advising

Human Biology (General), Physics.

Research Interests

My research has focused on two areas. The first attempts to measure the reaction probability for the interactions of short-lived nuclear species that may have been significant in the synthesis of nuclei heavier than helium during the early stages of the formation of the universe and in the... Read more »

Georgette Heyrman

Georgette Heyrman

Assistant Professor
LS 462

Research

My research focuses on ovarian cancer, the most deadly gynecologic cancer. I am currently working on 2 projects: 
     1) Understanding the role of steroid hormone signaling in controlling gene expression in ovarian cancer, and
     2) Identifying novel therapeutic targets for treating ovarian cancer... Read more »

Daniel Meinhardt

Daniel Meinhardt

Associate Professor
LS 454

Research Interests

I am interested in the development and evolution of the vertebrate skeleton, the philosophy of science, and the relationship between art and science.

Education

Ph.D. 2002 The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; B.S. 1992 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Brian Merkel

Brian Merkel

Associate Professor
LS 409

Advising

Human Biology (Health Science & General), Biology (Cell, Immunology, Microbiology), Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary.

Research Interests

My work has focused on the effects of environmental toxicants on immune function. I have had graduate students and undergraduate students explore these effects in cell, animal and human models. The... Read more »

Paul Mueller

Paul Mueller

Assistant Professor
LS 452

Research Interests

I am interested in elucidating the regulatory pathways that control eukaryotic cell proliferation, particularly in relation to embryogenesis and development. Current projects include: 1) understanding why and how the cells of the paraxial mesoderm stop dividing during convergent extension and somitogenesis, 2) the development of an in vivo system to search for G2... Read more »

Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson

Associate Dean / Associate Professor
ES 317

Education:  B.A., Buena Vista University; M.S., Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In addition to her role as one of the associate deans in the College of Science and Technology, Dr. Nelson is an associate professor in the Department of Human Biology where she teaches Kinesiology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Human Anatomy Lab.  Dr. Nelson... Read more »

Debra Pearson

Debra Pearson

Associate Professor, Co-Director of CFCC
LS 447

Research Interests

Research interests include the study of the effect of growing conditions on the composition of foods.

Education

Ph.D. University of California -Davis

Uwe Pott

Uwe Pott

Associate Professor
LS 453

Research Interests

My primary research interest focuses on the use of dietary phytochemicals as a means to suppress breast cancer cell proliferation.

Education

Ph.D. University of Zurich

Laura Rowell

Laura Rowell

Dietetic Internship Director
LS 457

Sara Wagner

Sara Wagner

Lecturer Director of Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DP)
LS 423

Advising

Human Biology (Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics).

Education

MS University of Alabama

Le Zhu

Le Zhu

Associate Professor
LS 450

Advising

Human Biology (Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics & General).

Research Interests

My research revolves around iron. More specifically, I am interested in understanding mechanisms involved in the interaction of iron and ingredients in the food matrix that might decrease iron bioavailability (the absorption and utilization of iron in the body),... Read more »

Mark Damie

Mark Damie

Laboratory Mgr I
LS 204F

Janet Ludke

Janet Ludke

Academic Department Associate
LS 455