The faculty in the Biology department are exceptional teachers and excellent scholars. Below, you can see each of the full-time faculty and understand a bit more about what they teach and the research they are conducting. Several research projects are funded by internal grants and a few by external funds, such as those from the National Science Foundation and the Templeton Foundation. There are seven biologists - all of whom have PhDs - and two full-time lab instructors who assist with Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that individual.

W Matthew Sattley; PhD Assoc Prof; Biology matthew.sattley@indwes.edu Department - Biology Division - Natural Sciences


Born in rural south-central Illinois, Matthew Sattley obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After completing a two-year postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, he served as a biology faculty member for two years at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. He joined the Department of Biology at Indiana Wesleyan University as an associate professor in 2010.

Educational Background:

  • B.A., 1998, Blackburn College
  • Ph.D., 2006, Southern Illinois University


Dr. Sattley studies the ecology, physiology and genomics of extremophilic prokaryotic microorganisms. His current research projects include the genomic characterization and analysis of photosynthetic bacteria that thrive in hot, cold and alkaline environments, and the culture and characterization of cold-adapted, carbon- and sulfur-cycling bacteria from Antarctic lakes.

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