If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the faculty member you wish to reach:

Jason Adams
Biology, Microbiology
(630) 942-2272

Shamili Ajgaonkar
Biology, Field Studies 
(630) 942-2123

Barbara Anderson
(630) 942-2347

Kathleen M. Finan, MD
Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology
(630) 942-3726

Julie Gibbs, Ph.D.
Biology, Microbiology
(630) 942-2262

Jor-El Hardy, Ph.D.

(630) 942-2127

Beth Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Biology, Botany
(630) 942-3387

Russ Kirt (emeritus)
Prairie reconstruction

Tara Leszczewicz, DPT
Anatomy and Physiology
(630) 942-2265

James Ludden
Biology, Anatomy and Physiology
(630) 942-4073

Karan Oliver-Tucci
Anatomy and Physiology
(630) 942-2274

Karen Persky
Biology, Microbiology
(630) 942-3932

Lynda Randa
Biology, Botany
(630) 942-2706

Thomas Ruehlmann, Ph.D.
Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology
(630) 942-3064

David Taylor

(630) 942-2517

Contact Information

Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331

Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Tara Leszczewicz

    Tara LeszczewiczBiology

    “My students leave knowing that our relationship together is not over, that my door is always open to support and mentor them along their academic journey. I hope the life skills my students have developed over a semester, coupled with a strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology, will provide them the solid foundation needed to be successful in future coursework and their chosen health care career as well as be able to effectively advocate for their own health care needs.”

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  • Spotlight: Jason Adams

    James AdamsBiology

    I want students to ponder life and how it works. I also want them to leave the class with more questions than they started with and have the desire to seek answers. I want my students to know that life is complex, so go find the answers to the tough questions and then change the world! I hope to give them the tools they need to form a foundation that they can build upon.

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  • Spotlight: Karan Oliver-Tucci

    Karan Oliver-TucciBiology

    I feel very comfortable and happy in the classroom. I love the classroom dynamic, interacting with students, getting to know them and helping them reach their goals. I hope some of my passion for science rubs off on my students. I also want them to leave the course knowing they are capable of reaching their goals.

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  • Spotlight: Karen Persky

    Karen PerskyBiology

    "My hope for my students is that they will finish their biology or microbiology class with a newfound interest in and respect for the natural world. I view teaching and learning as interchangeable and sometimes synonymous experiences. My students are the reason I love teaching."

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  • Spotlight: Julie Gibbs

    Julie GibbsBiology

    "I want students to walk away as more scientifically literate people. All of us need some background in biology to be able to take care of ourselves and other living things in our care, whether pets, plants or other people."

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  • Spotlight: Tom Ruehlmann

    Tom RuehlmannBiology

    "The sciences are constantly changing and, thus, we must constantly keep up with the new developments. I try to convey the idea that science isn't always black and white - there are gray areas."

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  • Spotlight: David Taylor

    David TaylorBiology

    "I hope students walk out of my class with a sense of satisfaction at having studied and understood concepts that were new to them. I hope this empowers them to become life-long learners and not be nervous about tackling 'difficult' subjects like biology and chemistry."

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