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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Biology Faculty 

Dr. Sam Galewsky

Associate Professor, Cell & Molecular Biology

LTSC328
217-424-6278
SGalewsky@millikin.edu

Dr. Galewsky is a molecular biologist studying the developmental embryology of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. He is also interested in applying molecular techniques to problems such as identifying genetically modified foods and human DNA fingerprinting.

Courses Taught:

  • Topics in Biology:  Biochemistry of Food, Biology 102
  • Molecular and Cell Biology, Biology 305/355
  • Molecular Genetics, Biology 407
  • University Seminar:  Bioethics, Interdisciplinary 140/183. 

Dr. Cynthia Handler, Director, Pre-Professional Program

Associate Professor, Physiology

LTSC404
247-424-6352
CHandler@millikin.edu

Dr. Handler is an associate professor of biology and Director of the Pre-Professional Program (Health Sciences). Her research focuses on the physiology and pharmacology of temperature regulation.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Experience:

Ph.D. Zoology (1971) The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
M.S. Zoology (1967) The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 
B.A. Biology/Chemistry (1965) Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois

Courses Taught:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Biology 206/207
  • Histology, Biology 302
  • Neurobiology, Biology 322
  • The Human Side of Medicine:  What It's Like to be a Patient, What It's Like to be a Doctor, Biology 414
  • Advanced Cell Biology, Biology 413
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • University Seminar, Interdisciplinary 140/183

Dr. David Horn

Associate Professor, Ecology

LTSC225
217-424-6392
DHorn@millikin.edu

Dr. David Horn joined the faculty at Millikin University in fall 2005.  His research interests include how habitat loss and fragmentation have impacted grassland, wetland and forest bird populations, wild bird feeding, and the impact of wind turbines, television towers, and windows on bird populations.  From 2007-2009, Dr. Horn served as the Howard L. Gravett Endowed Chair in Biology.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Experience:

Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (1996 - 2000) Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
M.S. Biological Sciences (1993 - 1995) The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
B.A. Biology (1989 - 1993) Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio

Courses Taught:

  • Topics in Biology:  Biology of Birds, Biology 102
  • Topics in Biology:  Pay it Forward – Working for an Environmental Cause, Biology 102
  • Environmental Biology, Biology 130
  • Diversity of Life Laboratory, Biology 158
  • Ecology, Biology 314
  • Ornithology, Biology 324
  • Vertebrate Biology, Biology 325
  • Conservation Biology, Biology 340
  • Ecological Journeys, Biology 380-Galapagos Islands 
  • Senior Seminar, Biology 481
  • Biodiversity in the Americas, Interdisciplinary 140
  • Creating a Green Society, Interdisciplinary 251

Dr. Jeffrey Hughes

Professor, Microbiology and Virology

LTSC329
217-424-6270
JHughes@millikin.edu

Dr. Hughes is a molecular biologist who studies metabolism of the nucleotide S-adenosyl-L-methionine (fondly known as “SAM”), primarily in the bacterium Escherichia coli.  This important molecule is found in all cells and is involved in fruit ripening (plants), cell differentiation and cancer (animals), and a variety of activities in bacteria that include gene regulation, cell division, polyamine biosynthesis, methylation of many compounds including DNA, RNA, lipids and proteins.  We are especially interested in cell division and an enzyme a virus of E. coli uses to cleave SAM as an essential first step in infecting the cell.  Over 50 students have participated in these studies, most then heading to graduate and medical schools.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Experience:

Ph.D. in Microbiology (1986) Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

M.S. in General Biology (1982) Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

B.A. in Biology (magna cum laude) (1979) Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington

Courses Taught:

  • Diversity of Life with Laboratory, Biology 108/158
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Biology 206 and Biology 207
  • Principles of Microbiology, Biology 230
  • General Microbiology, Biology 330
  • Virology

Prof. Gregg Marcello

Assistant Professor, Ecology

LTSC212
217-424-6233
GMarcello@millikin.edu

Prof. Marcello uses the population dynamics of white-footed mice as a model to study the effects of habitat fragmentation on animals living in various sizes of fragmented forests.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Experience:

Ph.D. Zoology (expected 2011) Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

M.S. Zoology with a certificate in Ecology (2005) Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

B.S. Biology (2002) Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
B.S. Environmental Science (2002) Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Courses taught

  • Topics in Biology: Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes, Biology 102
  • Topics in Biology: Biology of Mammals, Biology 102
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Biology 206 
  • Comparative Anatomy,  Biology 301
  • Vertebrate Biology, Biology 325
  • Anatomy for Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing 506

Prof. Roslyn O’Conner

Instructor, Laboratory Manager

LTSC212
217-424-6240
ROConner@millikin.edu

In addition to teaching, Professor O’Conner serves as the biology department’s Laboratory Manager. She is interested in biology education as well as the environment.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Experience:

M.A. Ecology (1990) University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

B.S. in Education/Science (1985) Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

Courses Taught:

  • Topics in Biology:  Current Issues in Biology, Biology 102     
  • Environmental Biology, Biology 130
  • University Seminar, Interdisciplinary 140/183
  • Global Issues, Interdisciplinary 350 

Dr. Judy Parrish, Department Chair

Professor, Plant Ecology

LTSC226
217-424-6235
JParrish@millikin.edu 

Dr. Parrish teaches botany with an interest in pollination ecology, invasive species and plant responses to herbivory.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Experience:

Ph.D.  Plant Biology (1978) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

M.S.  Plant Biology (1974) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

B.S.  Zoology/Botany (1972) Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois

Courses Taught:

  • Topics in Biology:  Plants and Society, Biology 102
  • Ecology and Evolution, Biology 105/155
  • Diversity of Life with Laboratory, Biology 108/158
  • Local Flora, Biology 125
  • Environmental Biology, Biology 130
  • Field Ecology, Biology 220
  • Ecological Journeys, Biology 280/380 - Costa Rica, Ecuador, Alaska, South Africa
  • Plant Physiology, Biology 308
  • Plant Biology, Biology 326

Dr. Marianne Robertson

Professor, Behavioral Ecology

LTSC227
217-424-3754
MRobertson@millikin.edu 

Dr. Robertson is a behavioral ecologist with interests in entomology, arachnology and animal behavior.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Experience:

Ph.D. Entomology (1993) Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
M. S. Zoology (1988) Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
B. S. Economic Zoology (1985) Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Courses Taught:

  • Topics in Biology:  Biology of Spiders, Biology 102
  • Ecology and Evolution, Biology 105/155
  • Entomology, Biology 303
  • Animal Behavior, Biology 323
  • Honors Seminar:  Biology of Spiders, Interdisciplinary 204

Dr. Jennifer Schroeder

Assistant Professor, Physiology

LTSC205

217-424-3927

JrSchroeder@millikin.edu

Dr. Jen is a molecular physiologist studying the regulation of estrogen-responsive genes in human breast cancer cells.  She is also interested in the effects of endocrine disruptors, including pesticides and herbicides, on cancer and reproductive development.

 Curriculum Vitae

Educational Experience:

Ph.D. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology (2004) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

M.S. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology (2001) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

B.S. in Zoology (1999) Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois

B.S. in Chemistry (1999) Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois

Courses Taught :

  • Topics in Biology:  Human Biology, Biology 102
  • Topics in Biology:  Hormones & Society, Biology 102
  • Developmental Biology, Biology 304
  • Comparative Animal Physiology, Biology 306
  • Advanced Cell Biology, Biology 413
  • Senior Seminar, Biology 481
  • Endocrinology
  • Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing 511
  • EDGE, Interdisciplinary 112
  • University Seminar, Interdisciplinary 140/183
  • Global Issues, Interdisciplinary 350 
 Dr. Sangeetha Srinivasan

Assistant Professor, Microbial Ecology

LTSC327
217-424-6231
SSrinivasan@millikin.edu

Dr. Srinivasan is a microbial ecologist with primary research interests in the development and application of molecular methods to improve water quality. Her research includes using microbial source tracking tools to track the sources of fecal contamination in water, evaluating the real-time PCR tool for environmental monitoring, and addressing the impact of agricultural pollution on water quality. Apart from this, she has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research involving other areas of microbiology.

Educational Experience:

Ph.D.  Environmental Microbiology & Molecular Biology (2010) Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
M.Phil. Applied Microbiology (2002) Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India
M.S.  Applied Microbiology (1998) Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India
B.S.  Applied Microbiology (1996) Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India

Courses Taught:

  • Topics in Biology: Microorganisms and Disease, Biology 102
  • Principles of Microbiology Laboratory, Biology 230
  • Global Issues, Interdisciplinary 350

 

 
Dr. Travis Wilcoxen

Assistant Professor, Physiological Ecology

LTSC206
217-424-6236
TWilcoxen@millikin.edu

Dr. Wilcoxen is a physiological ecologist who studies immune function and endocrine physiology across life-history stages in birds and amphibians.  He is also interested in tradeoffs between physiological condition and parental care in birds.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Experience:

Ph.D. Biology (2010) University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

M.S. Biology (2009) University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

B.S. Biology/Spanish Minor (2005) Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois 

Courses taught:

  • Ecology and Evolution Laboratory, Biology 155
  • Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, Biology 204
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Biology 207
  • Ecological Journeys, Biology 280/380 - Florida
  • Immunology, Biology 312
  • Physiological Ecology 


Staff

Sue James, Administrative Assistant

Natural Sciences

LTSC201
217-424-6230
SJames@millikin.edu

Sue James was born and raised in Decatur, Illlinois.  She attended Eastern Illinois University for 1 1/2 years for general studies.  Sue has worked for the Biology Department since 1999 and is now the Admistrative Assistant for Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics/Astronomy).

 
 
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