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
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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.

David Hicks

David J. Hicks, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 212
Phone:  (260) 982-5309
Email:  djhicks@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  1986
Education:  Colgate University, 1974 (B.A.); Cornell University, 1978 (M.S.); Cornell University, 1982 (Ph.D.)
Graduate Research Area:  Plant ecology
Courses Taught:  Non-majors Biology courses, Ecology, Botany (Ethnobotany, Plant Taxonomy and Plant Physiology), and Genetics.
Current Research Interests:  Structure and function of temperate forest plant communities.
Memberships & Affiliations:  Botanical Society of America, Southern Appalachian Botanical Society


Susan Klein

Susan J. Klein, Ph.D. 

Professor of Chemistry
Office:  Science Center 312
Phone:  (260) 982-5319
Email:  sjklein@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  1998
Education:  Franklin and Marshall College, 1989 (B.A, minor in Ancient Greek Civilization); University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994 (Ph.D.)
Graduate Research Area:  Rates of organic reactions.
Courses Taught:  Organic Chemistry, Intro to Organic and Chemical Science, Development of Modern Scientific Thought in Great Britain (January Session).


Jeff Osborne

Jeffrey P. Osborne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Program Director of Biology-Chemistry
Office:  Science Center 313
Phone:  (260) 982-5075
Email:  jposborne@manchester.edu
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, Medical Practicum to Nicaragua (January Session)
Current Research Interests:  Enzymes that degrade environmental pollutants.


Rachel Polando

Rachel Polando, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 217
Phone:  (260) 982-5107
Email:  repolando@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  2009
Education:  Hillsdale College, 2004 (B.S.); University of Notre Dame, 2009 (Ph.D. Immunology and Infectious Disease)
Graduate research area: The role of pattern recognition receptors in host cell signaling and phagosome maturation during infection with Leishmania.
Courses taught: Human Biology, First Year Seminar, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Parasitology, Virology, Science and Culture in Australia, and Immunology.
Current research interests: cell signaling during phagocytosis and phagosome maturation, effects of serum components on cell signaling and phagocytosis, cytokine effects and regulation during phagocytosis, and host-parasite interactions.
Memberships & Affiliations:  American Association of Immunologists, American Society for Microbiology, Consortium of Medical Laboratory Educators, Indiana College Biology Teachers Association, Beta Beta Beta, and Pi Beta Phi (Alumni board).