Dr. Ben Christmann received his PhDin Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from St. Louis University in2009. He joined the Lee University Faculty in 2013 as an AssistantProfessor of Biology and teaches Microbiology and Immunology.Before coming to Lee, Dr. Christmann taught at the University ofAlabama at Birmingham and worked for the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention as a research technician in the respiratorydisease branch. Dr. Christmann has been published in both theJournal of Immunology and the American Journal ofPathology.
Dr. Jonathan Cornett received hisPhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University. He isan Assistant Professor of Biology and teaches Genetics, Cancer andAIDS, Science and Scripture, and Physical Chemistry Research. Dr.Cornett served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Howard Hughs MedicalInstitute at Yale University School of Medicine. During this time,Dr. Cornett and his colleagues developed methods for transgenicstudies and forward genetic screens in mammalian model systems. Dr.Cornett is an active member of the Lee community and serves as anadvisor for the Biology Club Beta Beta Beta.
Dr. Michael Freake is an AssociateProfessor of Biology. He received his Ph.D. from FlindersUniversity of South Australia on lizard homing behavior andcontinued his research on animal navigation in as a post-doctoralresearch fellow at Indiana University. His research has beenpublished in Animal Behaviour, Journal of ExperimentalBiology, and Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology.His current research focuses on eastern hellbenders (giantsalamanders) and the potential role of pesticides in amphibiandeclines. This is conducted in collaboration with the Great SmokyMountains Institute at Tremont, the National Park Service, and theCherokee National Forest Service. Freake teaches biology coursesincluding Environmental Science, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology.He sponsors the Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society andthe Lee University Rugby Club.
Dr. John Hisey is an AssistantProfessor of Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences andMathematics. He earned his doctorate from the University ofMemphis. Before coming to Lee, Hisey taught college courses for 10years. Seven of those years were spent in China as professor andguest lecturer to several national and provincial institutions.Hisey helped to found and direct an internationally staffed systemof private schools in four Chinese provinces and was areacoordinator for University Language Services, an organizationplacing instructors on Chinese campuses.
Dr. Sherry Kasper is an AssistantProfessor of Biology. She has taught classes such as Principles ofBiology II, Cell Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. Dr. Kasperalso participates in research at the University of Tennessee eachsummer. She takes Lee students with her, providing them anopportunity to be involved in research as an undergraduate student,which strengthens their candidacy for graduate and medical schooladmissions. She was named by the American Physiological Society asthe 2006 recipient of the Mead Johnson Award in Endocrinology andMetabolism. Dr. Kasper holds a PhD from the Wake Forest UniversitySchool of Medicine.
Dr. Milton Riley received a PhD inBiology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Riley, a professor ofbiology, customarily teaches a wide range of biology classes,including Principles of Biology, Parasitology, Histology, and HumanPhysiology. He served as the department's chair from 1994 to 1996and was the recipient of Lee's Excellence in Scholarship Award in1996. Riley received the honor of System Educator of the Year(1999) for Lee University by the Tennessee Science TeachersAssociation. In 2009, he received the Charles W. Conn ServantLeadership Award. He is very active in the medical missions programand has helped lead 18 teams to various parts of Central and SouthAmerica. Over the past several years, he has developed skills inusing a Retinomax 3 autorefractor to evaluate vision needs ofpatients, Using this equipment, he has been able to supplyeyeglasses for hundreds of underserved people in third worldsettings.
Dr. Jeri Veenstra is a Professor ofHealth Science. She holds a DDS degree in dentistry from CreightonUniversity. Dr. Veenstra's special academic interests includepublic and international health, medical ethics, and healthprofession's research and education. She has been a tripcoordinator and practicing dentist for the Summer of Studies inMedical Missions Program since its inception.
Dr. Lori West, an AssociateProfessor of Biology, earned her PhD from the University ofTennessee at Knoxville in the Biochemistry, Cellular and MolecularBiology department. Following her PhD, she conducted post-doctoralresearch in the nutrition department at the University of NorthCarolina at Chapel Hill. She then returned to the University ofTennessee to as a visiting Assistant Professor. Dr. West has taughtMolecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biotechnology. Shesponsors Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society and has alsoparticipated in the local Science Olympiad as an eventcoordinator.
Dr. Robert West, Professor ofBiology, has taught Animal Biology, Microbiology, HealthPerspectives: Cancer and AIDS, Medical Terminology, and Entomology.West also serves as Coordinator for Biology and Health Sciences.Dr. West's greatest intellectual interest remains withentomology.
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