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Elmhurst's distinguished biology faculty members are first and foremost dedicated teachers, but their valuable real-world experience enriches classroom discussions as well. What's more, our program draws on the experience and knowledge of a dedicated group of well-qualified and experienced adjunct faculty.

Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.

Full-time Faculty

Paul E. Arriola, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
and Department Chair
Dr. Arriola is a botanist with strong interests in the population genetics and ecology of invasive plant species.

Kyle F. Bennett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Bennett is an aquatic invertebrate ecologist whose research focuses on cryptic species complexes and associated ecological and conservation implications.

James F. Berry, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Biology; Environmental Attorney
Dr. Berry's combined interests have focused his research on the biology of freshwater reptiles, endangered species conservation, and the preservation of wetlands. He authored The Environmental Law and Compliance Handbook and Wetlands: Guide to Science, Law and Technology.

Merrilee Guenther, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Guenther's interests focus on the paleobiology, biomechanics, growth and development of hadrosaurid dinosaurs and their relations to modern birds and crocodylians.

Tamara Marsh, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Dr. Marsh focuses her research on the transformation of hexavalent chromium from aquifers by hot springs microorganisms.

Kimberly McClure, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. McClure is a behavioral geneticist using Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the response to both acute and developmental ethanol exposure.

Eve M. Mellgren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Mellgren uses molecular genetic techniques to study the pathogen Pseudomonas syringae and how it causes disease on plant hosts. She also studies the plant hormone auxin, and how it contributes to plant disease susceptibility.

Stacey L. Raimondi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Raimondi is a cancer cell biologist interested in determining the molecular mechanisms of tumor progression. Specifically, her research has focused on the study of genes and proteins capable of promoting tumor cell invasion and metastasis. Dr. Raimondi's hope is that a better understanding of these mechanisms will lead to the development of improved therapeutics in the treatment of aggressive cancers.  
 
 

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