The Chemistry faculty at IWU have diverse backgrounds, coming with industrial, government, and even seminary experience. The many years of experience represented by the faculty listed below offer students a variety of viewpoints on how chemistry can be used and why chemistry is important. Active research projects involve everything from the discovery of new antimalarial drugs to development of fiber optics to environmental and forensic chemistry. Research is seen as such a vital part of the education process that all students are required to become involved in at least one of the projects for a part of the time they are at IWU.

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Benjamin Linger; PhD Assoc. Prof. Chemistry ben.linger@indwes.edu


Benjamin Linger is an assistant professor of Chemistry in the School of Physical and Applied Sciences. He completed his B.S. in Chemistry at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1999 and received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University in 2005. Following graduate school, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Cancer and Cell Biology Department at the University of Cincinnati before starting at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2010.


Professor Linger’s primary research interest is the functional analysis of telomeres, protective complexes at the ends of linear chromosomes in eukaryotic organisms. His specific focus is functional characterization of the telomere proteins in the model organism Tetrahymena thermophila. He is also interested in the development of molecular tools to study protein function and gene expression in T. thermophila.

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