Biology & Chemistry

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Ben Meyer on his travels to the Jordan River at Yardenit 

Ben Meyer: Gustavus Graduate, World Traveler, Future Doctor

Ben Meyer: Gustavus Graduate, World Traveler, Future Doctor      “I was born in Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.,” Ben Meyer, a recent Gustavus graduate, explained, “You know, the one where all the presidents were treated?” The son of a pharmacist and a nurse, Ben credits part of his interest in the health field to his […]

Professor Johnson with some of her students on a safari. 

Back from Tanzania: Professor Cindy Johnson’s Work as a Fulbright Scholar

While not able to transport the majestic Kilimanjaro Mountain she could see every morning from her backyard in Tanzania, Biology professor Cindy Johnson has brought back many other memorable experiences and fascinating stories from her two years in Tanzania as a Fulbright Scholar. Utilizing her skills and experience in administration, teaching, and research, Johnson helped […]

Biology / ES students, Dr. Joel Carlin, and biologist Alberto Blanco pose in the crater excavated by a mother leatherback sea turtle on the beaches of Petatlan, Mexico. 

Biology and Env Studies Students Learn to Serve in Mexico

Biology / ES students, Dr. Joel Carlin, and biologist Alberto Blanco pose in the crater excavated by a mother leatherback sea turtle on the beaches of Petatlan, Mexico. Eight Gustavus students spent spring break 2012 in Petatlan, Mexico.  This was the second “Learning to Serve” program spent in Saint Peter’s sister city.  In addition to […]

Ethan Degner with the fish he used as a predator stimulus 

To the Gulf and Back: A Research Journey Leads to Honors

Update:  Ethan successfully completed his research work, presented his work publicly (at the Sigma Xi symposium), and passed his thesis defense. Therefore on 17 May 2012 Biology Department voted unanimously to approve his receipt of the Honors distinction for his biology degree. In the spring of his sophomore year, Ethan Degner received several emails from […]

Chemistry Seminar Speaker Delaney Describes Inkjet Printing Technology for Chemistry and Biomaterials Research

The Department of Chemistry at Gustavus Adolphus College was privileged to host Dr. Joseph Delaney, Jr. on February 24, 2012 for a talk titled, “Reactive inkjet printing, rapid prototyping, and functional inks; a versatile route to new programmed materials.” A current researcher at Boston Scientific, Delaney was brought in to speak at the weekly chemistry […]

Steve Groskruetz in the lab of Professor Dwight Stoll where he got his start in research. 

Research Leads Back to His Roots

Steve Groskruetz had known for a while that he wanted to pursue a career in research. Growing up on a farm, the science involved in agriculture had always fascinated him. When he arrived at Gustavus, Steve set about trying to take advantage of the research opportunities, approaching Chemistry Professor Dwight Stoll about an independent study […]

Carrie Johnson presenting a poster of her research for a symposium at the end of the summer. 

A Change of Plans

Carrie Johnson discovers through a summer research position at a medical center that a career in research is where her passion lies. Coming into her freshman year at Gustavus, Carrie Johnson was planning on a career in pharmacy. Her experiences in lab hadn’t piqued her interest so a career in research wasn’t in her plans. […]

Maja Johnson presents her findings at a weekly Summer Research Meeting. 

Spotlight: Maja Johnson (’13)

"In my research, I pull a little bit out of everything I have learned at Gustavus...At a liberal arts college you not only learn technique, you learn how to communicate results to the outside world." Maja Johnson (Biology '13)

Even with years of experience, lab accidents still happen to the best of us! 

Spotlight: Xiu Xiao

Xiu Xiao, biology major (Class of 2012), has lived at Gustavus year-round every summer since completing her freshman year at Gustavus.

Faculty Spotlight: Mike Ferragamo

A Gustavus faculty member studies animals in order to understand Parkinson's disease and human deafness.