Faculty

  • Daniel M. Vernon

    Daniel M. Vernon

    Arthur G. Rempel Professor of Biology, BBMB Program Director

    Ph.D., University of Arizona

    Research Interests: plant molecular biology, developmental genetics, functional genomics.

    Courses: Molecular Biology, BBMB Senior Seminar, Genetics.

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  • Doug Juers

    Doug Juers

    Professor & Carl E. Peterson Chair of Science

    Research Interests: Structural biology & biophysics
    Courses: Biophysics, Soft Condensed Matter, BBMB Seminar

  • Britney Moss

    Britney Moss

    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

    Research Interests: Plant hormone signaling pathways, cell signaling dynamics, synthetic biology

    Courses: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology

  • James E. Russo

    James E. Russo

    Associate Professor, BBMB

    Hall of Science 336
    509-527-5228

    Teaching/Research areas: Biochemistry / Pharmacology and Anti-cancer Drug Design / Biochemical nutrition and Public Health / Infectious Diseases

  • Michelle Shafer

    Michelle Shafer

    Lab and Imaging Coordinator for Cell and Molecular Biology

    M.S., Washington State University

    Courses: Biology 111 labs, Cell Biology labs.

Other faculty serving as senior research advisors

  • Dalia Biswas

    Dalia Biswas

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Hall of Science 338
    509-527-5953 (phone) 509-527-5904 (fax)

    Associate Professor of Chemistry Dalia Biswas joined Whitman’s chemistry department in fall 2011. She conducted her postdoctoral work in bioinorganic chemistry at Montana State University and her doctoral work in inorganic/organometallic chemistry at The University of Montana. Biswas’ current research interests are in biological systems that utilize metal atoms for their functions.

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  • Kendra Golden

    Kendra Golden

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs / Associate Professor of Biology

    Memorial 311

    Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

    Currently serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

    Research Interests: Various aspects of microbiology, including biofilms, antibiotic resistance, and phage therapy.

    Courses: Microbiology, Cell Biology, Nutrition.

  • Marion Götz

    Marion Götz

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Hall of Science 346
    509-527-5957 (phone) 509-527-5904 (fax)

    Associate Professor of Chemistry Marion Götz joined the Department of Chemistry in 2007. She received her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech and performed postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, Germany. Götz's interest in organic and medicinal chemistry has led her to research involving drug design and synthesis, with a particular focus on potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease, sleeping sickness, Chagas' disease and multiple myeloma. She has received funding for this work from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies. She has several publications with Whitman students as co-authors.

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  • Delbert Hutchison

    Delbert Hutchison

    Associate Professor of Biology

    Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

    Research Interests: phylogeography and population genetics; natural history of the Blue Mountains.

    Courses: Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Natural History, Genetics.

  • Leena Knight

    Leena Knight

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., University of Washington

    Research Interests: cellular neurophysiology.

    Courses: Cell Signaling, NeuroPhysiology, Human Physiology.

  • Thomas Knight

    Thomas Knight

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., University of Washington

    Research Interests: Systems neurophysiology, visuomotor coordination and learning, mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Courses: BIOL111 Biological Principles, BIOL323 Neurophysiology, BIOL272 Human Anatomy and Physiology

  • Tim Machonkin

    Tim Machonkin

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Hall of Science 315
    509-527-5799 (phone) 509-527-5904 (fax)

    Associate Professor of Chemistry Tim Machonkin was born in Rochester, New York to a two-chemist family. His interest in chemistry took off from there, and he attended college at the University of Michigan, where his love of transition metal-containing enzymes began. In 2006, he joined the chemistry faculty at Whitman. His research looks at the mutagenesis of metal-containing enzymes with possible applications in the remediation of pollutants.

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  • Christopher Wallace

    Christopher Wallace

    Dr. Robert F. Welty Professor of Biology

    Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Research Interests: neuroplasticity, neuron development.

    Courses: Biology 111, Neurobiology.

  • Ginger Withers

    Ginger Withers

    Dr. Robert F. Welty Professor of Biology

    Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Research Interests: cellular processes involved in brain cell development.

    Courses: Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, Bio 111 lab.