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

John Lakanen; PhD Assoc Prof; Chemistry | Div Chair; Natural Sciences john.lakanen@indwes.edu Department - Chemistry Division - Natural Sciences


Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1987, Hope College
  • M.S., 1988, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., 1994, University of Michigan


  • Design and synthesis of new anti-malarial agents.

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