Department of Biology
Wenham, MA 01984
M.S. Cornell University
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin--Madison
Dr. Boorse joined the Gordon Faculty in January, 1999. Her primary research and teaching interests are in aquatic community ecology, and invasive species, and her biological research focus is on vernal pools. She spends a great deal of time connecting science to non-scientists and looking at ways science and faith integrate, particularly in the area of environmental ethics. Dr. Boorse is the advisor for the student group, Advocates for A Sustainable Future, and is the AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies representative at Gordon. She also represents Gordon to the Marine Studies Consortium and AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Dr. Boorse is a co-author of Environmental Science published by Pearson, a textbook written with Gordon professor emeritus Richard Wright. Dr. Boorse was a fellow of the Center for Christian Studies from 2005-2006 and received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award at Gordon College in 2002. She has a strong interest in mentoring women in science.
B.S. Alma College
M.A. The College of William and Mary
Ph.D. in Ecology with Conservation Biology Emphasis, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Keller joined Gordon College in 2007 after teaching for five years at Eastern New Mexico University, where he was an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology. As a conservation biologist, Dr. Keller focuses his research on the impacts humans have on biological systems, including a variety of taxonomic groups (birds, mammals, amphibians, and insects) and a variety of biological scales (habitats, landscapes, and ecosystems). Primarily, Dr. Keller and his students try to determine how migratory birds and small mammals are impacted by habitat fragmentation, and if using tools like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and analysis of foraging behavior allow researchers to determine causes of population declines in these species. Most recently, Dr. Keller has established three ongoing studies: 1) habitat use and foraging behavior by migratory songbirds in fragmented forests of New England; 2) effects of hurricane disturbance and agricultural development on habitat use and behavior of wintering warblers in Belize; and 3) in collaboration with Dr. Justin Topp, effects of habitat fragmentation on prevalence of Lyme Disease and distribution of small mammal and tick carriers.
Craig M. Story
Associate Professor of Biology
Director, Pre-Health Professions
B.S. Gordon College
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Brandeis University
Post-Doc at MIT and Harvard Medical School under Hidde L. Ploegh
Dr. Story's research interests have focused on molecular immunology. His graduate and post-doctoral work involved work on the mechanism of antibody transport across the human placenta, and the ways viruses trick the immune system to escape detection. Dr. Story also worked in the biotechnology industry in the area of drug delivery using the body's own antibody transport system. Most recently, his research has focused on generating antibodies for diagnostic tools that can be used by the world's poor. Dr. Story has been exploring the use of new micro-scale tools to greatly speed up the process of antibody discovery. He continues his microengraving research collaborating with the laboratory of JC Love at MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
Justin D. Topp
Associate Professor of Biology
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B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa
Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Post-Doc in Molecular Biology, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Dr. Topp joined Gordon College in 2011 after teaching for three years at North Park University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Topp has broad research experience in cell and molecular biology and biochemistry with specific foci in membrane trafficking, alternative splicing, and genotyping of pathogenic bacterial species. His current research interest is to: (1) Determine the function and regulation of Alsin, the protein mutated in juvenile ALS and other related neurodegenerative diseases, (2) Determine the role of habitat in the transmission of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infectious agents with Dr. Greg Keller. Dr. Topp is also very interested in discussing and researching questions that lie at the interface of science and religion and writes a blog on the subject.
Ming Y. Zheng
Professor of Biology
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B.S./M.S. Southwest Agricultural University, China
Ph.D. in Genetics & Plant Breeding, Washington State University
Dr. Zheng joined Gordon College in 2002 with experiences in both academia and industry. His research focuses on plant biotechnology and crop breeding. He uses an immature pollen system he established to study the cellular and developmental events associated with somatic embryogenesis of plant cells. He has published numerous journal papers and book chapters on the subject. His more recent interests include the ethical, legal, social, and economic impacts of genetic engineering. Dr Zheng is on a research sabbatical during Fall Semester 2012.
ADJUNCT AND PART-TIME FACULTY
Grace C. Ju
B.S. Duke University
M.S. University of California-Davis
Ph.D. Purdue University
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Grace Ju is the director of the Sustainable Tropical Agriculture course. STA is taught every year and includes meetings on the Gordon campus in the fall and 18 days of field work in Florida and either Haiti or Honduras in January. The field work includes a stay at ECHO, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization, in Fort Myers, and international travel to either Haiti or Honduras where students work closely with farmers and on agricultural development projects.