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Dr. Kimberly Baker, Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Kimberly Baker

Assistant Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in molecular genetics, cell biology and cancer biology
  • PhD, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of Expertise
molecular genetics, cell biology, cancer biology

Background
Dr. Baker has taught a variety of biology courses throughout her academic career including Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Introductory Biology, Developmental Biology and Cancer Biology. She is a molecular geneticist by training and has published research articles on the transcriptional regulation of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes involved in the development and progression of breast cancer. Her current research interest focuses on the use of dietary phytochemicals as a means to suppress breast cancer cell proliferation.

Research Interests
dietary phytochemicals as cancer chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agents; gene regulation and breast cancer 

Education
PhD, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ohio State University
MS, Microbiology, Clemson University
BS, Microbiology, University of Minnesota

Favorite thing about UIndy
The opportunity to work closely with students both in the classroom and research laboratory. 

Contact Information
bakerkm@uindy.edu
317-788-3591
Lilly Science Hall 110F

Dr. Alicia Cecil, Associate Adjunct Faculty, Biology

Dr. Alicia Cecil

Associate Adjunct Faculty
Biology

  • Expertise in medical microbiology and immunology
  • PhD, Microbiology and Immunology

Areas of Expertise
medical microbiology and immunology

Background
Following graduate school, Dr. Cecil taught at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. After having a family and choosing to scale back teaching responsibilities for a few years, Dr. Cecil joined UIndy as an adjunct professor in 2006.

Education
PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University
BS, Biology, University of Southern Indiana

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the relatively small size and chance to get to know my students.

Contact Information
acecil@uindy.edu

317-788-6130
Lilly Science Hall 113

Dr. Sandra Davis, Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Sandra Davis

Associate Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in botany, plant reproductive biology and evolutionary biology
  • PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Areas of Expertise
botany, plant reproductive biology, evolutionary biology

Background
Dr. Davis is a plant reproductive biologist who studies the evolution of plant breeding systems and the selective forces that shape them. She was an assistant professor at University of Louisiana at Monroe for five years before moving back to Indiana and taking her current position at University of Indianapolis. She has mentored several students in research projects and has included several as co-authors on publications. 

Research Interests
floral color in the protandrous species, Saponaria officinalis; the potential effects of pollinator behavior on floral morphology and the genetic regulation of pigment production

Education
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Indiana University

Contact Information
sdavis@uindy.edu
317-788-3289
Lilly Science Hall 213

Mary Gobbett, Instructor & Biology Lab Coordinator, Biology Department

Mary Gobbett

Instructor & Biology Lab Coordinator
Junior Scientist Outreach Coordinator
Biology

  • Expertise in laboratory design and instruction, biology education and educational science outreach
  • MS, Biology

Areas of Expertise
laboratory design, biology for elementary education majors, educational science outreach

Background
As UIndy's biology laboratory coordinator for more than 20 years, Mary Gobbett has worked with hundreds of UIndy students as prep room and laboratory assistants. In her role as lab coordinator, biology laboratory instructor, and junior scientist coordinator, she has spent years developing, testing and researching laboratory activities, supplies and experiments. She has presented at a variety of conferences on science activities and has written several grants to support the outreach program.

Research Interests
education for service; science activities for the Junior Scientist program at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Perry Township

Education
MS, Biology, University of Indianapolis
BS, Biology, University of Indianapolis

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love working with the students and the faculty. Even though I have been at UIndy for many years, I love coming to work everyday. 

Contact Information
mgobbett@uindy.edu
317-788-3576
Lilly Science Hall 130A

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 030B

Molly Hill, Instructor, Biology Department

Molly Hill

Instructor
Biology

hillmk@uindy.edu
317-788-2017
Lilly Science Hall 111

Dr. Nelson Kraus, Associate Adjunct Faculty, Biology

Dr. Nelson Kraus

Associate Adjunct Faculty
Biology

  • Expertise in anatomy, physiology and healthcare administration
  • MD, Medicine

Areas of Expertise
anatomy and physiology, healthcare administration

Background
In addition to spending 12 years as a clinical practitioner and 10 years in radio and television broadcasting, Dr. Kraus has taught a variety of subjects (including strategic planning in healthcare and healthcare reform) at Ohio State University, Indiana University, Butler University and UIndy. He wrote Maximizing Your Well-Being, a combination of audio and text designed to facilitate patient education and self-care. During his military service (US Army) he received the Meritorious Service Medal for exceptional performance as the Chief of Special Forces Aidmans Section at the Academy of Health Sciences at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

Research Interests
human learning, memory facilitation, "student-centered" classrooms

Education
MBA, Marketing, Xavier University Cincinnati
MD, Medicine, Ohio State University College of Medicine
MSc, Anatomy, Ohio State University
BSc, Anatomy, Ohio State University

Favorite thing about UIndy
UIndy is just the right size with a nurturing and compassionate family atmosphere.

Contact Information
nkraus@uindy.edu
317-788-6130
Lilly Science Hall 113

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
Lilly Science Hall 110D

Dr. Krista Latham, Assistant Professor of Biology & Anthropology

Dr. Krista E. Latham

Associate Professor of Biology & Anthropology
Director, Molecular Anthropology Laboratory
Co-Director, Archeology & Forensics Laboratory

  • Expertise in molecular and forensic anthropology
  • PhD, Anthropology

Areas of Expertise
molecular and forensic anthropology

Background
Dr. Latham has supervised numerous research projects with undergraduate and graduate students investigating the transfer of DNA to objects and how that can impact criminal investigations, as well as various aspects of skeletal analysis. Additionally, she has conducted fieldwork with UIndy students in Santiago, Chile and South Texas. Dr. Latham recently co-edited a book entitled Age Estimation of the Human Skeleton which compiles different techniques used to estimate age at death of the skeleton. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist (D-ABFA). She currently serves as a Consulting Forensic Anthropologist for police, coroners and pathologists in the Midwestern United States and has delivered numerous lectures for state and local agencies around the country. Dr. Latham also serves as a DNA Expert in the U.S. Federal Court System.

Research Interests
investigation of different aspects of skeletal biology; population genetics; skeletal DNA

Education
PhD, Anthropology, Temple University
MA, Anthropology, Temple University
MS, Human Biology, University of Indianapolis
BS, Biology, University of North Texas

Favorite thing about UIndy
The people!

Contact Information
lathamke@uindy.edu
317-788-2060
Lilly Science Hall 232A

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Dr. Marc Milne, Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Marc Milne

Assistant Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in ecology of spiders, carnivorous plants and mosquitoes
  • PhD, Ecology

Areas of Expertise
spiders, carnivorous plants, mosquitoes

Background
The biology courses that Dr. Milne has taught at eight different institutions include General Biology, Evolution, Environmental Science, Ecology, and Genetics. He is an ecologist by training and his research has largely focused on the ecological interactions that spiders and mosquitoes have with carnivorous plants. He has published scientific articles on the ecological interactions between mosquitoes and pitcher plants, the host-seeking behavior of parasitic kissing bugs, the phoretic behavior of mites on mosquitoes, the ecological interactions between spiders and pitcher plants, and descriptions of new species of harvestmen.

Research Interests
arthropod behavior, specifically of spiders and mosquitoes; spider biodiversity of various habitats, including Indiana caves, Alabama and Georgia caves, Morgan-Monroe State Forest and Marion County, IN; finding new arthropod species; working on species descriptions for three spiders, a pseudoscorpion, and over 20 harvestmen that are all new to science

Education
PhD, Ecology, Old Dominion University
BS, Biology, University of North Florida 

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students and their enthusiasm for science. 

Contact Information
milnem@uindy.edu
317-788-3325
Lilly Science Hall 030C

Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, professor of biology & anthropology

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
Lilly Science Hall 232B

Michael Pratt, Associate Adjunct Faculty, Biology Department

Michael Pratt

Associate Adjunct Faculty
Biology

mpratt@uindy.edu
317-788-6130
Lilly Science Hall 215

Dr. Daniel Scholes, Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Daniel Scholes

Assistant Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in ecology, evolution, genetics and plant biology
  • PhD, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology

Areas of Expertise
ecology, evolution, genetics, plant biology

Background
Dr. Scholes has taught a wide variety of biology courses, including Ecology, Genetics, Evolution, Anatomy & Physiology, Conservation Biology, and Introductory Biology for biology majors and non-majors both in traditional and online settings. His research focuses on organism-environment interactions, with particular interest in the ways in which genomic attributes (e.g. ploidy, chromosome number) affect organismal attributes and responses to environmental stressors. In conducting this research, Dr. Scholes has utilized numerous genomics techniques including gene sequencing, full genome sequencing, RNA-seq, microarray analyses, flow cytometry, and quantitative trait loci mapping and regularly conducts studies in the lab, indoor growth facility, and in natural settings. 

Research Interests
organism-environment interactions; plant ecology, physiology, and evolutionary biology; social insects; polyploidy

Education
PhD, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, University of Illinois
BS, Integrative Biology; Minor, Environmental Studies, University of Illinois

Fun fact
I enjoy traveling, engaging with cultural diversity, and exploring all that Indianapolis has to offer.  

Favorite thing about UIndy
Participating in student learning in all contexts–from sharing biological knowledge in the classroom to generating new biological knowledge through research. 

Contact Information
scholesd@uindy.edu
317-788-5013
Lilly Science Hall 110G

Dr. Douglas Stemke, Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Douglas Stemke

Associate Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in general biology, microbiology and molecular biology
  • PhD, Molecular Microbiology/Biochemistry

Areas of Expertise
bacteriological, biochemical, biotechnological and molecular biology techniques

Background
Dr. Stemke has taught for 16 years outside of graduate school–two years at University of Minnesota Morris, two years at Hanover College, four years at Elon University and eight years at UIndy. He has also completed five years of postdoctoral training – one year at the Center of Marine Biotechnology at Maryland Biotechnology Institute, one year the Pharmacy School at University of Maryland, and two years at the Biological Process Technology Institute. He is a member of the national branch of the American Association for Microbiology, has been president of the Indiana College Biology Teachers Association, and will be president of the Indiana Branch of the American Association for Microbiology in 2015. He is currently writing a book on Anthropogenic Pathogenicity and developing educational case studies to teach biology students.

Research Interests
environmental and industrial microbiology; investigating infectious disease processes in natural systems influenced or directly caused by human activities

Education
PhD, Molecular Microbiology/Biochemistry, Louisiana State University
BS, Microbiology/Chemistry, Texas State University

Favorite thing about UIndy
I appreciate being part of UIndy's supportive community. 

Contact Information
stemked@uindy.edu
317-788-2169
Lilly Science Hall 211

Dr. P. Roger Sweets

Associate Professor & Chair of Biology

  • Expertise in ecology, evolutionary biology and ornithology
  • PhD

Areas of Expertise
ecology, evolutionary biology, ornithology

Research Interests
diatom ecology in Oregon lakes; pollen analysis from sediments recovered near mastodon skeleton; effectiveness of rain gardens

Contact Information
rsweets@uindy.edu
317-788-3406
Lilly Science Hall 110C

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 110E

David Wolfe, Instructor, Biology Department

David K. Wolfe

Instructor
Biology

  • Expertise in physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and more
  • MS, Physiology and Biophysics

Areas of Expertise
physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, peripheral artery disease, motor control of the lower extremity

Background
Mr. Wolfe's PhD research will help with establishing the field of pathologic biomechanics – looking at how we can identify various pathologies by looking at how they affect the way we move. 

Research Interests
biomechanics; human cardiovascular physiology and pathology; best practices in college science education, scientific literacy, integration of food and science

Education
PhD candidate (expected Spring 2016), Health and Rehabilitation Science, Indiana University
MS, Physiology and Biophysics, University of Louisville
BS, Biology, University of Akron
BS, Sports Medicine, University of Akron

Favorite thing about UIndy
The library vending machine has ice cream.

Contact Information
wolfed@uindy.edu
317-788-4912
Lilly Science Hall 110H