Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor of Biology for Excellence in Advising and Mentorship

B.S., National Taiwan University; M.S. and Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
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Areas of expertise: molecular biology, molecular evolution, genome structures and bioinformatics

Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology, has written or co-written several professional articles in Gene, Protist, Molecular Biology and Evolution and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. During his postdoctoral work at Princeton University, Chang studied gene evolution and genome organization in unicellular organisms. He joined the Hamilton faculty in 2006. Chang earned a bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University and his master’s degree and doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Andrew Jones, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.S., M.S., Mercer University; Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Andrew Jones focuses his research on using synthetic biology and metabolic engineering practices to develop microbial strains for high-value chemical production. Specifically, he is interested in the development of new tools and techniques to simplify the strain optimization process in bacteria. At Hamilton, Jones teaches Principles of Chemistry and Biophysical Chemistry. He received his bachelor's of science engineering degree, with specialization in biomedical engineering, and his master's degree in environmental engineering from Mercer University. He earned his doctorate in chemical and biological engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his spare time, Jones enjoys vegetable gardening, Atlanta Braves baseball and the occasional beer with friends.

Herman Lehman, Professor of Biology

B.S., University of West Florida; Ph.D., Florida State University
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Areas of expertise: cellular neurobiology and neuroethology; measurement and detection of neurotransmitters; isolation and identification of novel chemical messengers; cellular metabolism in the nervous system

Herm Lehman's research is focused on the development and function of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are molecules released by neurons and mediate communication throughout the nervous system; thus, the proper expression and maintenance of neurotransmitter levels is a critical, yet largely unknown, aspect of the metabolism of the neuron.

Mike McCormick, Chair, Associate Professor of Biology

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University; M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan; Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
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Areas of expertise: environmental geomicrobiology, specifically cell/mineral interactions; fate of environmental contaminants; solid-state respiration by bacteria; and molecular microbial ecology

Mike McCormick's current research focuses on the microbial ecology of geochemical gradients in Antarctic sediments and meromictic lakes, electron transfer processes between bacteria and solid surfaces, and the transformation of environmental contaminants by biogenic minerals. He has published in the journals Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Chemistry, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Journal of Physical Chemistry B and Water Resources Research. McCormick is a member of the Biology Department with a shared teaching commitment in the Geosciences Department. He came to Hamilton after he completed a doctorate and post-doctoral fellowship in environmental engineering at the University of Michigan.