Associate Professor of Biology
I joined Gordon College in 2011 after having previously taught at North Park University. I have broad research experience in cell and molecular biology and biochemistry with specific foci in membrane trafficking, alternative splicing, and genotyping of pathogenic bacterial species. My educational background is below:
Department of Biology, KOSC 309
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984
On a personal level, I adore my wife and daughters (picture of them on the right from about a year ago... the gorilla isn't mine). If I’m not chasing after them I am likely watching football and basketball (go Hawkeyes and Mavericks) with a laptop and iPhone on my, er, lap. Oh, and I love social media (Twitter here)!
Summary of Research Interests:
My current research interests are 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. Both of these projects are being pursued with undergraduate students at Gordon, which brings me great joy! (3) I am also very interested in discussing and researching questions that lie at the interface of science and religion and have maintained a blog on the subject. Dr. Craig Story and I just received a grant from the Biologos Foundation to promote greater scientific understanding in pastors and one of the outcomes from this grant is a book on the philosophy of science as mediator in discussions within Christianity on evolution and faith. Much more about my research interests and reearch history can be found in the subheadings below.
On the right is a photo of my first research group at North Park University co-led by Dr. Matthew Schau and me (on the left). Also shown are then students Matt Meyers, Becky Morrison, Monica Cholewinski, and Jakob Ondrey. This was a very rewarding experience and showed me (and Schau, I think!) the great benefits (success and fun!) of collaboration for faculty and students at small liberal arts colleges.
I have received funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, LI-COR Biosciences,Tri Beta Foundation, American Society for Microbiology, and Biologos Foundation. I am a past or present member of the American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Cell Biology, American Assocation for the Advancement of Science, RNA Society, American Scientific Affiliation, Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, and Center for Theology and Natural Sciences. I have mentored more than 25 students and my students, collaborators, and I have given more than 35 abstracts at local, regional, and national meetings, and multiple students have received awards for their presentations. I am very proud of the many mentees of mine that are now in medical or graduate school.
The Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore (LSCNS) was formed in 2012 by members of Gordon College, Endicott College, Salem State University, North Shore Community College, and North Shore Innoventures with the mission to enhance the local life sciences industry. To achieve this mission, the LSCNS strives to produce a better-trained workforce through academic-academic coordination and academic-industry collaboration. Current efforts include curricular coordination between institutions and industry-inspired course revision, the provision of advanced instrumentation for curricular use, faculty-student research, and research and development at startup companies, and the renovation of facilities that promote access to specialized equipment and collaboration between LSCNS members and with industry.
I serve as Gordon’s primary representative to the consortium and serve as a member of the LSCNS Steering Committee, working closely with deans and faculty at other LSCNS institutions. As such I have played a leading role in the aforementioned LSCNS efforts, especially in the areas of grant preparation, curricular/program planning, and industry collaboration. I am very excited about the possibilities the consortium is providing to Gordon science students and to the North Shore scientific community at large.
# indicates co-corresponding authors * indicates co-first authors.
The figure on the right is from Devon et al. (2004) and the cover of Neurobiology of Disease.
Science and Religion Publications:
The figure on the right is from the With Respect to Nature article.