Associate Professor of Biology


BS, Hanover College, 1991
MS, Purdue University Calumet, 1996

Current Projects

  • Working with area high schools to develop student and teacher workshops on DNA biotechnologies including PCR, gene sequencing, cloning, and using gene databases.
  • Serving as co-director for the Indiana Science Olympiad regional tournament hosted by Goshen College every February.
  • Using gene sequencing to enhance marine algae identification in conjunction with the Marine Biology program. (Student researcher: Mara Swartzendruber)


Cell Biology and Genetics (Biol 120)
An introduction to the structure, genetics, and physiology of the cell focusing on mechanisms of cellular communication.  Lab experiences emphasize bacteria culture, eukaryotic cell culture, microscopy, and Drosophila crossing.  spring 2013 syllabus
Identity, Culture, and Community (Core 100)
Students acquire perspectives and skills to prepare them to thrive in intercultural experiences in the college community and beyond.  Students explore and analyze the construction of identity, the components of culture, and elements of community. 
Microbiology (Biol 206)
An investigation of the role of microbes in human health and disease and the effects on society.  A course intended for nursing students.  Lab exercises focus on clinical examples.  fall 2012
Microbial Biology (Biol 300)
A survey of the role of microbes in the environment including terrestrial and aquatic systems, human food and agriculture, and human disease.   may term 2013
Genetics (Biol 301)
An investigation into the structure and function of DNA at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels.  Lab experiences include both classical and modern genetic techniques and student-designed research projects.  spring 2013

Historic Courses

Biological Principles – Colloquium
Pathophysiology II
Molecular Cell Biology
Senior Seminar

Lectures & Presentations

Workshop – “Detecting Genetically Modified Food Ingredients in Common Food Products.” With IB BiologyI students from Northridge High School.  January 18, 2013.

Workshop – “Microbial Identification and Diversity.” With IB Biology II students from Northridge High School.  January 30, 2013.



Grants & Fellowships

Mininger grant – Attend Cell Culture workshop at the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland

Personal Information

I have been teaching in the Biological Sciences department for 11 years.  In addition to teaching, I also enjoy the many activities of my husband and three children and serving in various ways at Trinity Lutheran Church.  I currently serve as a host for the Interfaith Hospitality Network, small group leader, and director of the Greene Road Community Garden.