Biochemistry

In tandem with rigorous classes like organic and inorganic chemistry and nanotechnology, biochemistry students can assist faculty on research projects, initiate their own research, and work on community service projects related to their studies. Biochemistry exposes students to real-world problem-solving through significant lab experience, long-term research projects and comprehensive classwork.

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Publish Research

Five Reasons to Study Biochemistry at JBU

Reason #1

Publish Research

Students work with faculty on their research – like Dr. Funk’s grant to research the Q virus – and have the opportunity to publish the final product in national scientific journals.

Tailor your Degree

Five Reasons to Study Biochemistry at JBU

Reason #2

Tailor your Degree

In their sophomore year, students may apply for our Pre-Health Professions Program for a course track specifically geared toward those going to medical school after graduation.

Use Trendy Tools

Five Reasons to Study Biochemistry at JBU

Reason #3

Use Trendy Tools

JBU students have access to labs with the latest technology and equipment including an aquarium, a greenhouse, radioisotope lab, tissue culture lab, research lab, anatomy and physiology lab.

Experience Innovative Labs

Five Reasons to Study Biochemistry at JBU

Reason #4

Experience Innovative Labs

Conduct experiments with human and animal organ systems, including surgical procedures and experimental manipulation of live non-human vertebrate specimens.

Work with Accessible Professors

Five Reasons to Study Biochemistry at JBU

Reason #5

Work with Accessible Professors

JBU lab classes are capped to 20 students so that professors can give student-specific guidance and recommendation.

Susan Newton

Faculty Profile

Susan Newton

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Newton loves to apply the principles of chemistry to things students see in daily life and create competition through drills that require students to recall information taught in class.

Ph.D., University of Arkansas
M.S., University of Arkansas
B.S., John Brown University

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Francis Umesiri

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Francis Umesiri

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Umesiri sees chemistry as a way to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation at the molecular level. His research is focused on development of small molecule anti-infective agents.

Ph.D., University of Toledo
M.S., Central Michigan University
B.S., University of Lagos, Lagos Nigeria

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Carla Swearingen

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Carla Swearingen

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Swearingen loves mentoring students on their educational and spiritual journey while teaching chemistry and physical science. Married with three daughters, she enjoys cooking and yoga.

Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
B.A., Hendrix College

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Brenden Hawk '13

Brenden Hawk '13

Pursuing his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Iowa State University, Brenden says that JBU prepared him well for graduate school, even making some of his classes seem easy in comparison. "In faith based respect, I was well prepared to enter into a intense evolution environment because of my time in the Natural Science department at JBU. It opened my eyes to see that it is fundamental that God created everything (a pillar to our faith) and that exactly how He did it is still up to us to find out. Because of this I can fully pursue whatever is before me in the scientific field and have no fear of losing my faith."