Chair, Department of Biology and Environmental Studies
Bachelors of Science in Biological Studies 1974 (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Bachelors of Science in Chemistry 1975 (also MIT)
PhD in Biochemistry, 1983: California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Postdoctoral Fellowship 1983-1988 in lab of Dick Compans, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
1988-1991: Vassar College Department of Biology
1992-1993: Yeshiva College Department of Biology
1993-2000: Birmingham-Southern College
2000-current: Westminster College
Courses currently taught
BIO 404: Biochemistry
BIO 330: Virology
BIO 325: Molecular Cell Biology
BIO 301: Genetics
BIO 114/115: Biological Processes
BIO 108: Biological Principles (nonmajors)
BIO 105: Essentials of Biology (nonmajors)
WSM-101: Westminster Seminar (Theme: On the Trail of Human Disease)
Current Teaching Interests: I tell students I teach the “Cells and Smaller” courses in the department. It is not 100% true, but gives the basic theme of my interests.
Research Interests: Small RNA viruses, Protein trafficking and membrane processes in cells, mechanisms of cell polarity, membrane protein maturation and processing.
My wife, Kath, has taught similar courses at William Woods University (we shared a single position at Birmingham-Southern). We have 2 “boys.” Ben is in his 4th year at MIT and Sam is a Freshman at Bowdoin College (Brunswick Maine). Both boys have been interested in Soccer since they could first play and played on the Fulton HS team. Our whole family have been involved in Boy Scouts (Ben, Sam and I are all Eagle Scouts). Also our family is very much involved in a creativity program called Destination Imagination (boys compete, we provide support, transport, etc.). My interests include hiking, camping, canoeing, bird watching, reptile study, photography.