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School of Science & Engineering

The biochemistry major at Anderson University is an interdisciplinary major that applies the principles and methods of both biology and chemistry to understanding the molecular basis of life. 

It is a major included in our pre-professional health program.

Program Overview


This program allows the student to select additional courses necessary to pursue certain career objectives. Students considering a biochemistry major should begin their study with General Chemistry I and Foundations of Modern Biology I.



  • Graduate with a BS in Biochemistry in 4 years
  • Graduate with a BS in Biochemistry and MBA with the 4+1 program
  • 16-hour minor in biology


The major (52 hours) requires a number of basic classes from each discipline with advanced courses in:

  • chemical instrumentation
  • cell and molecular biology
  • genetics
  • biochemistry


  • agricultural & food scientist
  • analytical chemistry
  • environmental chemist
  • food chemist or scientist
  • forensic scientist
  • science technician


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Michael Bailey

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey teaches in the department of biology at Anderson University. He joined the AU faculty in August 2000.

He previously taught at Bartlesville Wesleyan College, New Castle High School, and part-time at AU. His academic preparation includes a BS in biology and chemistry from Sterling College, two years at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, an MA in biology from Ball State University, and additional graduate coursework at Liberty University.

Michael’s primary teaching assignments are classes in human anatomy and physiology, bioethics, and cell biology. He is the advisor for and an instructor in the TeachScience program, a unique complementary teaching major for students seeking preparation for middle school and high school science teaching careers. Michael also serves as an advisor for students preparing for professional health science careers.

Michael’s research interests are diverse. He received a faculty development grant to understand the genetics of non-syndromic craniosynostosis and has had students do various projects investigating oral microbes, ocular physics, and taste receptors. He has also directed research projects studying topics in bioethics.

Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Brenda, who currently serves as Associate Director of Alumni Engagement at AU. They are the parents of five awesome children, Kayla, Grant, David, Parker, and Ian. Michael and Brenda enjoy quiet evenings by the firepit in their backyard, traveling, and gardening together. They love hosting students and alums in their home.


Contact Mr. Bailey:
Assistant Professor of Biology
A.B.D., Ball State University

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Dr. Katelyn Butler

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Dr. Katelyn Butler

Dr. Katelyn J. Butler received her B.A. in Biology from Judson University in Elgin, IL where she graduated Summa cum laude from the honors program and was the recipient of the President’s Scholar award.

She then proceeded to receive her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her graduate work, she investigated the genetic mechanisms behind plant resistance to soybean cyst nematode, the most economically significant pathogen of soybean. In addition, Dr. Butler was a Borlaug Fellow at the Borlaug Summer Institute for Global Food Security at Purdue University. She also completed a year-long program as a WISCIENCE Scientific Teaching Fellow where she received extensive training on research-based teaching principles. She joined the faculty at AU in 2018 and teaches non-majors biology, botany, and upper division molecular biology. Dr. Butler hopes to establish a student-run research program on plant-microbe interactions and engage in discipline-based education research.

Outside of the classroom or lab, Dr. Butler enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening. She likes to keep active by playing golf, ultimate frisbee, hiking, and yoga. She loves to travel to new places with her husband, Jackson, where they spend their time exploring the local cuisine and culture.

Contact Dr. Butler:
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

For more information about Dr. Butler's research and teaching, visit her website here.

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Dr. Scott R. Carr

Professor of Chemistry

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Dr. Scott R. Carr

Dr. Carr instructs courses mainly in chemistry, but also has taught courses under the physics caption and is involved in the freshman Liberal Arts Seminar courses.

In addition to course instruction, Dr. Carr has assisted students in undergraduate research projects. The work that has been completed in some of the endeavors has been presented at local American Chemical Society and national conferences. Opportunities for new areas of research exist, but the focus of what has been accomplished recently has utilized an in-house constructed x-ray fluorescence instrument. Research opportunities are also afforded to students through Aurum Consulting in which he is a partner available for scientific consulting.

Dr. Carr additionally serves as an advisor to pre-professional health and science students along with being a faculty mentor. As advisor he assists students wishing to pursue careers in health-related fields, such as those wishing to become doctors, dentists, therapists and the like. He has helped coordinate opportunities for science students to teach local homeschool children through Sigma Zeta, a national honor society for math and science.

In the summers, Dr. Carr has been teaching at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. For five weeks he instructs an environmental chemistry course in Northern Michigan where students get to experience and analyze God’s creation.

Dr. Scott Carr has served at Anderson University since 2001.

Contact Dr. Carr:
Professor of Chemistry
B.A. Chemistry, Taylor University
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Miami University

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Dr. Dan Ippolito

Professor of Biology

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Dr. Dan Ippolito

Dr. Ippolito received his B.S. in Biology from Yale University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. His doctoral research focused on competition between an invasive species and native bass in a power plant reservoir in East Texas.  After a four-year stint teaching marine biology at the University of New England in Southern Maine, Dr. Ippolito took his present position with Anderson University, where he has taught for the past 26 years. While on the AU faculty, Dr. Ippolito has developed interests in the fields of ecology and philosophy of science. He has conducted long-term monitoring of the White River in Anderson using benthic macroinvertebrates as indicator organisms and currently shares his data with the Anderson Stormwater Department. Several of his students have presented their findings at the Butler undergraduate conference. Dr. Ippolito also teaches an upper division seminar on the integration of faith and science and is currently investigating the question of how to reconcile Divine action and special Providence with the insights of modern science.

Dr. Ippolito is also a member of the summer faculty of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona, Michigan. He has taught either fish biology or aquatic ecology at Au Sable for all but one of the past twenty-one summers. Dr. Ippolito has also taught stream ecology for the Creation Care Study Program (CCSP) at both their Belize and New Zealand campuses.

Dr. Ippolito is married to Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, also a member of the Anderson University Biology faculty. Together they have five children, three of whom have received or are in the process of achieving advanced degrees in their respective disciplines.

Dr. Ippolito enjoys reading, traveling, and classical music. He is also an accomplished martial artist, holding a rank of fourth-degree black belt in Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, as well as lesser belts in three other styles. He was the 2003 AAU black belt senior champion for the Midwest region.

B.S.; Yale University
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

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Dr. Scott B. Kennedy

Professor of Physical Sciences and Engineering

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Dr. Scott B. Kennedy

During his tenure at Anderson University, Dr. Kennedy has taught a broad range of courses in chemistry and physics and maintains an active research program studying the antimicrobial properties of polymer solutions and polymeric coatings.

In 2009 Dr. Kennedy began consulting for a start-up company that formulates and distributes unique antimicrobial products to a wide variety of markets. In 2010, Dr. Kennedy partnered with his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry and Physics to form Aurum Consulting, a scientific consulting firm that provides services to small businesses and educators in central Indiana. In addition to meeting the needs of its clients, Aurum Consulting also provides exciting internship and research opportunities to Anderson University students.

While on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Kennedy earned his M.B.A. His primary motivation for pursuing this degree was to better understand the demands that are being placed on young, professional scientists and engineers as they enter a work environment that is very different from the environment encountered by previous generations.

Dr. Kennedy is married to his wonderful wife Melinda, with whom he has three daughters: Cassandra, Jadyn, and Amber. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, teaching and playing tennis at the local racquet club, and playing intramural sports.

Dr. Scott Kennedy has served at Anderson University since 2005.B.S. Materials Science Engineering, University of Illinois

M.S. Polymer Science Engineering, University of Massachusetts
M.B.A. Anderson University
Ph.D. Polymer Science Engineering, University of Massachusetts

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Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito

Professor of Biology; Allied Health Advisor

Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito speaks about expressing her faith in the classroom.
Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito

Dr. Kimberly G. Lyle-Ippolito is Professor of Biology at Anderson University. Dr. Lyle-Ippolito received her BS in Biology from Wright State University in 1980 and her MS and PhD in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University in 1985.  She completed a post-doctoral research position at Case Western Reserve University in vaccine development before moving to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a virologist.  She then accepted the position of Chief of Virology at the Dayton (Ohio) VA Hospital and taught as an adjunct professor for Wright State University College of Medicine. Dr. Lyle-Ippolito joined the AU faculty in the fall of 2000. She received the Nicholson Award for outstanding teaching (awarded by the students) in 2002 and again in 2004.  She is currently completing an MTS at the Anderson University School of Theology.

She maintains an active undergraduate research program in genetics and microbiology, studying gut microflora in mice, anaerobic bacteria and spore formation, and bacterial/fungal alpha-amylase activity.  Her students have presented their work at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference and at the national Alpha Chi Convention.

Dr. Lyle-Ippolito is the author of several best-selling textbooks, including Inquiry into Life, with McGraw-Hill.  She currently serves as science editor for Wiley, Inc. working on microbiology textbooks.  Dr. Lyle-Ippolito is married to Dr. Dan Ippolito, another professor in the biology department, and together they have five children.  She is also a member of the Anderson Symphonic Choir and is the music director at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anderson.

B.S., Wright State University
M.S., Ph.D. The Ohio State University

Dr. Richard Pottorf

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Richard Pottorf

After more than 25 years of industrial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Pottorf felt the calling to “pay back” for his education in chemistry.  His experience in Drug Discovery involved medicinal chemistry studies in cardiovascular, CNS, anti-inflammatory and cancer therapeutic areas.  He was involved in the discovery of an antihypertensive drug, Cozaar, and similar compounds.  Additionally, he was involved in the discovery of preclinical compounds to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and as anti-tumor agents.  Dr. Pottorf is a co-author on more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and co-inventor on several issued patents.

Dr. Pottorf and his wife reside in Indianapolis and have three grown sons, Brad, Ryan and Andrew.  They also recently welcomed their first grandchild, Arabella, to their family.

Dr. Pottorf has served at Anderson University since 2015.

B. A. Chemistry, University of Northern Colorado
Ph.D. Biochemistry, Indiana University
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Recent publications:

Wagner, J.; Kline, C. L.; Pottorf, R. S.; Nallaganchu, B. R.; Olson, G. L.; Dicker, D. T.; Allen, J. E.; El-Deiry, W. S.; The angular structure of ONC201, a TRAIL pathway-inducing compound, determines its potent anti-cancer activity. Oncotarget20145, 12728-12737.

Ekins, S.; Pottorf, R.; Reynolds, R. C.; Williams, A. J.; Clark, A. M.; Freundlich, J. S.; Looking back to the future: Predicting in vivo efficacy of small molecules versus Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J. Chem. Inf. Model.; 201454, 1070-1082.

Zhu, J., Pottorf, R. S.; Player, M. R.; Solid-phase synthesis of 4-biaryl-piperidine-4-carboxamides. Tetrahedron Lett200647, 7267-7270.

Pottorf, R. S.; Player, M. R.; Process technologies for purity enhancement of large discovery libraries.  Curr. Opin. Drug Disc. & Develop. 2004, 7, 777-783.

Vergnon, A. L.; Pottorf, R. S.; Winters, M. P.; Player, M. R.; Solid-phase synthesis of a 4-substituted g-lactam library. J. Comb. Chem. 2004, 6, 903-910.

Recent patents:

Stogniew, M.; Allen, J. E.; Pottorf, R. S.; Nallaganchu, B. R.; Olson, G.; 7-benzyl-10-(2-methylbenzyl)-2,6,7,8,9,10-hexahydroimidazo[1,2-A]pyrido[4,-3-D]pyrimidin-5(3H)-one, salts thereof and methods of using the same in combination therapy. US 9,265,765 (Issued Feb. 23, 2016).

Tomczuk, B. E.; Olson, G. L.; Pottorf, R. S.; Wang, J.; Nallaganchu, B. R.; Zhang, Y.; Arginase inhibitors and methods of use thereof. US 8,894,970. (Issued Nov. 25, 2014).

Schuster, V. L.; Chi, Y.; Wasmuth, A. S.; Pottorf, R. S.; Olson, G. L.; Prostaglandin transporter inhibitors and uses thereof.  US 8,952,150. (Issued Feb. 10, 2015).

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Dr. Chad E. Wallace

Dean, School of Science and Engineering; Professor of Chemistry

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Dr. Chad E. Wallace

Dr. Wallace was an undergraduate student at Anderson University. He loved AU so much; he returned to join the faculty in the fall of 2000. Because of his background in organometallic chemistry, he teaches organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and several other advanced chemistry courses.

His research at Anderson University has been mostly in the area of chemical synthesis. He has investigated the synthesis and efficacy of chemotherapy drugs to fight lymphoma cancer cells. His most recent work involves the synthesis of 3D organometallic frameworks and pyrene-based fluorescent sensors.

In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Wallace has spent the last several years developing a small organic chemistry textbook to simplify the sometimes difficult-to-understand concepts in that subject.

Dr. Wallace has a heart for the gospel. He invests well in the lives of his AU students. For example, he has taken several trips with AU students to rural Honduras to do medical missions. The worked with doctors (some who were AU alumni) to provide health care in remote mountain villages.

Dr. Wallace is married to his wonderful wife Amy, with whom he has three ridiculously cute children; a daughter, Ally, and two sons, Carson and Mason. He loves Jesus, his family, and his friends. He enjoys basketball, camping, and driving around the U.S. with his family over summer breaks.

Dr. Chad Wallace has served at Anderson University since 2000.

Contact Dr. Wallace:
Professor of Chemistry
Dean, School of Science and Engineering
B.A. Chemistry, Anderson University
Ph.D. Chemistry/Organometallics, University of Kentucky