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.

We invite you to come to campus and ask students what they think.

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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