Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Biology-Chemistry - Faculty


Gregory W. Clark

Gregory W. Clark, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics
Coordinator of the Engineering Science Program 
Office:  Science Center 112
Phone:  (260) 982-5071
Email:  gwclark@manchester.edu
Course pages 
At Manchester since:  1992
Education:  Indiana University, South Bend, 1985 (B.A. Physics, minors in Mathematics and French); Indiana University, Bloomington, 1987 (M.S. Physics); Indiana University, Bloomington, 1992 (Ph.D. Physics, minor in Inorganic Chemistry)
Graduate Research Area:  Surface physics, UHV, STM, HREELS, AUGER, LEED, thin films
Courses Taught:  General Physics I & II, Analytical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Fields and Waves, Materials Physics, Electronics, Physical Geology, Making of the Modern Mind, Physical Science
Current Research Interests:  Surface physics, AFM, EFM-phase, nanowires
Memberships & Affiliations:  AAPT, SPS, Sigma Pi Sigma, Fulbright Alum, Audubon Society, ACRES Land Trust

Aron Costello

Aron K. Costello-Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 215
Phone:  (260) 982-5308
Email:  akcostelloharris@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  Fall 2010
Education:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2002 (B.S.); Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2005 (M.S.); Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2010 (Ph.D. Zoology)
Graduate research area: Female characteristics that influence male mate preference in house mice (Mus musculus).
Courses taught: Principles of Biology II, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, and Vertebrate Physiology.
Current research interests: influence of physical quality on mate choice by males and females, altruism and kin selection theory, dominance rank/social status, predator detection and avoidance, maternal behavior, and behavioral trade-offs.

Robison-Jennifer

Jennifer D. Robison, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 217
Phone:  (260) 982-5418
Email:  jdrobison@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  Fall 2018
Education:  Dickinson College, 2003 (B.S. Biology); University of Delaware, 2006 (M.S. Marine Biology and Biochemistry); Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, 2019 (Doctorate of Philosophy)
Graduate research area:  Thermal and light stress impacts on photosynthesis in marine algae, thermal stress impacts on gene expression and physiology in soybean. 
Courses taught:  Microbiology, Immunology, Cellular Biology
Current research interests:  Understanding molecular and physiological events that occur during abiotic stress in plants.

Memberships & Affiliations:  American Society of Plant Biologists, National Science Teachers Association, Indiana Academy of Science


Jeff Osborne

Jeffrey P. Osborne, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Program Director of Biology-Chemistry
Program Director of Global Health
Office:  Science Center 313
Phone:  (260) 982-5075
Email:  jposborne@manchester.edu
Personal web page
At Manchester since:  2004
Education:  Goshen College, 1992 (B.A); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999 (Ph.D.); University of Minnesota (postdoctoral)
Graduate Research Area:  Structure and function of integral membrane proteins.  Biodegradation of pollutants.
Courses Taught:  Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Medical Practicum to Guatemala (January Session)
Current Research Interests:  Enzymes that degrade environmental pollutants.


Kristen Short

Kristen H. Short, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 216
Phone:  (260) 982-5183
Email:  khshort@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  2011
Education:  Miami University, 2004 (B.S.); University of Cincinnati, 2010 (M.S.); University of Cincinnati, 2010 (Ph.D.)
Graduate research area: Population genetics of invasive geckos (Hemidactylus mabouia) during range expansion in Florida.
Courses taught: Principles of Biology, Introduction to Molecular Biology, DNA Science and General Biology.
Current research interests: landscape genetics, nonequilibrium genetic patterns, molecular ecology, dynamics of range expansion, urban ecology, invasive species behavior.
Memberships & Affiliations:  Indiana Academy of Science

Watson-Kyle

Kyle D. Watson '10, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: Science Center 315
Phone: 260-982-5091
Email:  kdwatson@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  2019
Education:  Manchester University, 2010 (B.A. Chemistry); University of Notre Dame, 2015 (Ph.D. Organic and Medicinal Chemistry)
Graduate research area:  The development of metal-mediated methodologies for the syntheses of monocyclic and bicyclic heteroatom-activated b-lactam antibiotics.
Courses taught: Introductory Chemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Medicinal Chemistry  
Current research interests: The synthesis and evaluation of small-molecule antibiotics
Memberships & Affiliations:  American Chemical Society, Counsel on Undergraduate Research, Kentucky Academy of Science, Manchester College Alumni Association Board