Phone: (630) 829-6187| Email: email@example.com | Office: BK 119
Dean, College of Science
BenU Staff since 2011
Dr. Ng, comes to us after a 36-year career at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He graduated summa cum laude from St. Joseph's College in Rennselear, IN. Ng earned a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Chicago, completed postdoctoral studies at the Univ. of Toronto, and then began his tenure at IUPUI. He served as department chair at IUPUI from 1986-97, was appointed M. L. Bittinger Chair of Mathematical Science in 2004. In 2008, he was named acting dean for the School of Science, a position he held until joining Benedictine as the dean of the College of Science.
Phone: (630) 829-6519 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: BK 341
Department Chair (2011-present)
Network and Systems Biology; DNA Linguistics; Plant Molecular Ecology; Scientometrics and Philosophy of Science, Wittgenstein
Biology of Complex Systems, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Genetics
Network Biology: My research project this summer involves the application of network and systems biology techniques to the study of epidemiological models involving invasive plants. This is a continuation of work I and my students have done on Ailanthus altissima, the Tree of Heaven (TOH), in which we have studied its pollination ecology (with Dr. Heinz) and genetics, and more recently demography. Last summer I began work with Dr. Comar and students to establish a network-based national grid based on county-level connectivities using US highway and railroad information. This summer I will be collaborating with a multi-faculty research team (myself, Dr. Comar, Dr. Nadolski, and Dr. DeLegge) to model the stochastic spread of TOH and determine mechanisms of controlling the spread based on known population densities (in West Virginia and nationwide) and network connectivities. These methods have direct correspondence with many of the modern systems-level approaches used to study human disease. Experience Needed/Preferred: depends on the faculty with whom you will be interacting most, and may include calculus for some of the collaborators; my approach is based on discrete math methods, particular graph theory and computer programming — any prior knowledge of programming languages is a bonus, but no prior knowledge is assumed (most programming will be in Perl and Python). More about Summer Research
Phone: (630) 829-6525 | Email: email@example.com | Office: BK 340
Assistant Department Chair (2011-present)
BenU Faculty since 2004
Aging, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Drosophila, RNA Processing
Genetics, rDNA Lab, Neurobiology and Cell/Molecular Biology Lab
Phone: (630) 829-6560 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: BK 015C
Department Chair of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems and Mathematics
BenU faculty since 1987
Dan Nohl received his B.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Illinois in 1973, his M.S. in Computer Science Education from the University of Illinois in 1977, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1990. He was a mathematics teacher at Malta High School for two years and was a computer science professor at Jamestown Community College (3 years) and at Aurora University (7 years). He joined the faculty at Benedictine University in 1987.
Phone: (630) 829-6579 | Email: email@example.com | Office: BK 325
Department Chair of Chemistry and Physics (2011)
BenU faculty since 2003
radiation chemistry, spectroscopy, photophysics, electron-transfer processes, chemical and physical properties of water
Classical Thermodynamics, Quantum and Statistical Mechanics, Molecular Dynamics and Kinetics, Physical Chemistry Laboratory, General Chemistry, General Chemistry Laboratory, Computational Modeling of Physical and Chemical Principles
Phone: (630) 829-6527 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: BK 335
Assistant Department Chair>br />Associate Professor
BenU faculty since 2004
Scanning Probe Microscopy, Optical Tweezers, Physics Education, Outreach
College Physics Lab I & II, College Physics I & II, University Physics Lab I & II, Modern Physics, Modern Physics Lab, Electronics, Electricity and Magnetism
Phone: (630) 829-6585 | Email: email@example.com | Office: BK 322
BenU Staff since 1987
Medical Terminology, Practicum
Phone: (630) 829-6520 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: BK 327
Director, Science Content and Process Master's Program
Director, New Faculty Mentoring Program, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
BenU Faculty since (1997)
Cellular Physiology of Environmental Estrogens on Bone Cells
Endocrinology, Cell Biology, Physiology, Cell Labs Quantitative Biology Lab for Transfer Students
Osteoblasts and osteoclasts, bone-forming and bone-resorbing cells, respectively, mediate growth, modeling, remodeling, and repair of bone. The adult skeleton routinely undergoes remodeling in response to physical, hormonal, and metabolic stresses. In normal bone homeostasis, there is no net gain or loss of bone. However, uncoupling of the remodeling process by increasing osteoclastic activity without increasing bone formation to the same extent, can lead to bone loss.
The objective of my research program is to determine mechanisms by which cadmium causes bone loss. Animal studies indicate that bone loss responses occur at blood cadmium concentrations in the range of levels reported for persons who smoke cigarettes and for workers with low-level cadmium exposure in industry. Cadmium-induced bone loss is also more pronounced in animals that have experienced increased bone stress such as estrogen deficiency, suggesting that women exposed to cadmium are at increased risk for postmenopausal osteoporosis.
To investigate cellular mechanisms for the increased activity of the resident osteoclast population in response to cadmium exposure, cultured cell lines and primary bone cell cultures are used to study the motility, the signals for apoptosis, and the signal transduction involved with cytoskeletal reorganization that must occur when an osteoclast changes from a motile configuration to a resorbing configuration. Cell migration assays, chemotactic assays, cell viability assays, microscopic examination of immunohistochemically or fluorescently-labeled cells, gel electrophoresis, western blotting, and RT-PCR are some of the techniques used in these investigations.
Phone: (630) 829-6552 | Email: pHnelson@circle4.com | Office: BK 331
BenU Faculty since 2002
developing models of complex physical systems ranging from transport/reaction in zeolite catalysts to structural and thermodynamic properties of self-assembled polymeric and surfactant systems
Physiological Modeling, Biophysics, Physical Science, College Physics, University Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Biophysics Research
Biophysics Teaching Materials: As part of an NSF grant I'm developing new biophysics teaching materials. Topics include: oxygen, water, glucose, ion and drug transport; ion channel gating (neuroscience); motor proteins; DNA and RNA dynamics and more. I'm looking for research students to determine the current state of knowledge and to find the numerical data required for biophysical models. Right now I'm looking for students to help me investigate water transport through aquaporins. In the process, we learn some basic physiology, including such things as osmosis and homeostasis of erythrocytes (red blood cells) from a biophysics perspective! There are many other topics available — for more information visit the project web page http://circle4.com/biophysics.
Phone: (630) 829-6541 | Email: email@example.com | Office: BK 324
BenU faculty since 1985
Organophosphate ester synthesis; chemistry of rabbit muscle aldolase
Principles of Biochemistry; Biochemistry; Intermediary Metabolism; Protein Biochemistry Laboratory
Phone: (630) 829-6575 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: BK 338
Academic Program Director, M.S.C.E.P.
BenU faculty since 2012
Primary: Endocrinology and energy metabolism at rest.
Secondary: Endocrinology and energy metabolism during exercise; Preventive Medicine.
Current: Endocrinology and energy metabolism in humans with particular reference to exercise. Within this context, most interested in the HPA-axis as well as in substrate utilization and energy balance in health and disease populations (i.e., diabetes, obesity, adrenal disorders).
Phone: (630) 829-2171 | Email: email@example.com | Office: BK 337
Administrative Program Director
BenU Staff since 2007