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Biology Department

Dr. Liza Mohanty


​Department of Biology Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of courses from the Department of Biology:     

  • Students will be able to read, understand, and critically evaluate scientific information and apply it to their personal and professional lives.     

  • Students will be able to utilize the scientific method and apply scientific principles to solve problems.     

  • Students will be able to understand essential biological principles.      

  • Students will be able to communicate scientific information in both oral and written formats.     

  • Students will be able to analyze the relationships between science and society, recognizing the role of science in global dynamics.     

  • Students will be able to exhibit proficiency in operating scientific equipment.     

  • Students will be able to identify reliable sources of scientific information.     




Faculty & Staff

1) Dr. Ahmad Kamal
Educational background: Ed.D. (Northern Illinois University), M.S. (University of Kansas)
Office: Room 3130 ** Phone: 773-291-6727 ** Office hours: Monday-Friday, by appointment
Courses taught: Biology 114,120,121, 226, 227
Interests: HIV/AIDS education

2) Prof. Jacqueline M. Krueger
Educational background: MS in Biological Sciences (University of Illinois at Chicago), BA in Psychology (Cornell University)
Office: Room 3410 ** Phone: 773-291-6503 ** Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 pm;Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30AM- 1:00PM
Email: ** Websites:
Courses taught: Microbiology 233, Biology 107
Interests: Assisting underrepresented students gain admission to graduate-level programs, standardized test preparation

3) Dr. Liza M. Mohanty
Educational background: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (University of Illinois at Chicago), BSc  in Biological Sciences (University of Alberta)
Office: Room 3123 ** Phone: 773-291-6505 ** Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30PM- 4:30PM
Courses taught: Biology 114, 115, 121, 227 and Microbiology 233
Interests: environmental and occupational health, infectious diseases, nutrition and wellness, neuroscience

4) Dr. Maretha E. Roberts
Educational background: Ph.D. in human Genetics (Howard University) ** Office: Room 3415 ** Phone: 773-291-6499
Courses taught: Biology 107, 115, 116, 121
Interests: glucose metabolism, cellular respiration

5) Dr. Oliver Pergams
Educational background: Ph.D. and MS in Biological Sciences (University of Illinois at Chicago), Post-doctoral fellow (University of Illinois at Chicago), University of Chicago (BSc)
Office: Room 3411 ** Phone: 773-291-6502 ** Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-6 pm
Courses taught: Biology 114, 119, 121, 122, 299
Interests: conservation biology, evolutionary biology, conservation sociology, conservation economics. Please see for research information and for downloads of papers

6) Prof. Stephen A. Smith
Educational background: MBA and MS (Biology), PhD in Science Education (in progress)
Office: Room 3226 ** Phone: 773-291-6529 ** Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11AM-6PM

​Courses taught: Biology 114, 115, 121, 121, 116
Interests: technology development, translational research, sports (all kinds)

7) Dr. Jacqueline Witherspoon
Educational background: MD (Rush University), Residency (Cook County Hospital)
Room: 3116 ** Phone: 773-291-6356
Courses taught: Biology 107, 120, 121, 226, 227 and Pharmacology 103

Related Services

Some of what we have to offer:      

- “SMART” classroom technology to provide an interactive learning experience for students
- opportunities for research with faculty members
- the Healthcare Professions Student Organization to help you network and obtain career information
- workshops and seminars on a variety of topics including study skills and test preparation, science and society, environmental science, nutrition and wellness

Contact Information

(773) 291-6544
10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Suite 3324
Chicago, IL 60628
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