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Dr. John Langdon, Professor of Biology & Anthropology

 Dr. John H. Langdon

Professor of Biology & Anthropology

  • Expertise in human biology, human anatomy and human evolution
  • PhD, Anthropology

Areas of Expertise
human evolution; human anatomy; human biology

Background
Dr. Langdon has written three books, The Human Strategy: An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Anatomy (Oxford University Press), Human Dissection for the Allied Health Sciences (Little, Brown), and Functional Morphology of the Miocene Hominoid Foot (S. Karger), and co-edited a fourth, The Natural History of Paradigms (University of Indianapolis Press). He is currently working on a project to reconstruct the human biological history of Franklin County, IN.

Research Interests
historical demography; human biology; human evolution; functional and evolutionary morphology; history and development of paleoanthropology; evolution of human behavior; history and process of the natural sciences

Education
PhD, Anthropology, Yale University
MPhil, Anthropology, Yale University
BA, Anthropology, Harvard University

Favorite thing about UIndy
The opportunity to mentor a graduate student through a thesis and into a doctoral program.

Contact Information
langdon@uindy.edu
317-788-3447
Esch Hall, 233D 

Dr. Dean Wiseman, Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Dean Wiseman

Associate Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in physiology, cell biology, pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • PhD, Biological Science

Areas of Expertise
physiology, cell biology, pathophysiology, pharmacology

Background
Before arriving at UIndy, Dr. Dean Wiseman was a research assistant professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, studying causes of Type 2 diabetes. During his time at IUSM, he took part in the discovery of a number of proteins in pancreatic insulin-secreting cells (beta cells) which are modified when the cells are stimulated with glucose, indicating their role in the mechanism of insulin release (J Biol Chem. 2011 May 6; 286(18):16344-54; Curr Diabetes Rev. 2012 Jul 1;8(4):303-15). What makes these proteins interesting is that the nature of the modifications could make these proteins vulnerable to stressful events, which could cause incorrect cellular function—leading to diabetes.

Research Interests
the role of protein changes in the development of diabetes and cancer; cave-related research involving water quality, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and cave-dwelling animals.

Education
PhD, Biological Science, Purdue University
MS, Biological Science, Purdue University
BA, Biology, DePauw University

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students!

Contact Information
wisemand@uindy.edu
317-788-3282
Lilly Science Hall 103B

Dr. Kevin Gribbins, Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Kevin Gribbins

Assistant Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in comparative anatomy, histology and herpetology
  • PhD, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise
comparative anatomy and histology, herpetology

Background
Dr. Gribbins has published more than 45 manuscripts and book chapters on the histology of the reproductive system and spermatogenesis in reptiles and amphibians. He enjoys including undergraduates in his research and has had many undergraduates on his research publications. He is an herpetologist by training and has extensive experience handling large or venomous reptiles and also enjoys fieldwork within the area of herpetofauna. Check out Dr. Gribbins' publications, nature photos and more on his personal website ►

Research Interests
herpetology; reproductive anatomy and histology of male reproductive systems in reptiles and amphibians; comparative anatomy and physiology; spermatogenesis; and transmission electron microscopy

Education
PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati

Favorite thing about UIndy
Working with our engaging students.

Contact Information
gribbinsk@uindy.edu
317-788-3326
Lilly Science Hall 030A

Dr. Stephen P. Nawrocki

Sease Distinguished Professor of Forensic Studies & Professor of Biology 
Honorary Professor of Anatomy, University of Pretoria, South Africa 

  • Expertise in skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, osteoarcheology, and more
  • PhD, Anthropology

Areas of Expertise
skeletal biology; forensic anthropology; human taphonomy; osteoarcheology; skeletal age estimation; biostatistics; historic cemeteries

Background
Dr. Nawrocki has taught full-time at the University of Indianapolis since 1991, where he is currently a tenured professor of biology and anthropology, serves as the Director of Osteology at the Archeology & Forensics Laboratory, and is also the Director of the Master of Science in Human Biology program. One of only 60 board-certified forensic anthropologists in North America, Dr. Nawrocki has served as a consultant on hundreds of human remains cases in Indiana and Illinois and has delivered numerous lectures at educational seminars around the country. In 1999, Dr. Nawrocki was named "Teacher of the Year" at the University of Indianapolis, where he also received the Booker Teaching Award for the Sciences in 1993. Dr. Nawrocki has authored several books and has published in journals including the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Florida Anthropologists.

Research Interests
analysis and identification of human skeletons; environmental processes affecting buried and scattered bones (taphonomy); evidence recovery from outdoor crime scenes (forensic archeology)

Education
PhD, Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton
MA, Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton
BA, Anthropology & Psychology, University of Maine at Orono

Contact Information
snawrocki@uindy.edu
317-788-3486
Good Hall 008