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.

Russell Schwarte; PhD Asst Prof; Biology russell.schwarte@indwes.edu Department - Biology Division - Natural Sciences


Dr. Schwarte is an IWU alumnus. After graduating, he studied the effects of microgravity on jellyfish with the Second International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-2) aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. He completed his doctoral work at EVMS and ODU, where he investigated the role of the NO/cGMP pathway in agrin signaling at the neuromuscular junction. For his postdoc studies at WFU, he investigated the role of COX-1 dependent PGE2 production in postoperative pain.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1992, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Ph.D., 2006, Old Dominion University


  • Investigating the role of the NO/cGMP pathway in jellyfish behavior and agrin signaling at the developing neuromuscular junction.

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