Whether right out of grad school or after some years in the profession, IWU professors moved to the head of the class. Was it a passion for sharing the field of their dreams? Was it a divine prompting to make students their business? Or were they looking for a place where they could teach their profession and still share a profession of faith? No doubt it was all of these.

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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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