Aurora University

Faculty

Julie Adams
Julie Adams, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology Office Phone: 630-844-6167
Email: jadams@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Organismal biology, invertebrate zoology, aquatic ecology, animal behavior Education: PhD, Biology, Bowling Green State University
BS, Ecology, Ethology and Evolution, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Favorite thing about AU: "Faculty dedication to meeting students where they are and taking them to where they need to be."

James Cain
James Cain, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology Office Phone: 630-844-7585
Email: jcain@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, biology of aging, exercise physiology, nutrition, metabolism Education: PhD, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
MSEd, Kinesiology and Food & Nutrition, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
BS, Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Favorite thing about AU: "The sense of community between faculty and students." View LinkedIn Profile

Chih-Chiun Chen
Chih-Chiun Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology Office Phone: 630-844-7560
Email: cchen@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Anatomy and physiology, cellular biology, molecular biology, health professions Education:

PhD, Molecular Genetics, The University of Illinois at Chicago
MS, Biochemistry, National Yangming University in Taiwan
BS, Human Nutrition, Fujen Catholic University in Taiwan

Jane Davis
Jane Davis, DVM

Professor of Biology, Chair of Human-Animal Studies Department Office Phone: 630-844-4579
Email: jdavis@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, public health, human-animal studies, veterinary sciences and medicine Education:

DVM, University of Illinois
MS, Veterinary Biosciences, University of Illinois
BS, University of Illinois


Favorite thing about AU: "Here, interdisciplinary isn’t just a concept; it is the way we work together for student success."

Alma Rodriguez Estrada
Alma Rodriguez Estrada, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology Office Phone: 630-844-5266
Email: arodriguezestrada@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, mycology and mushroom cultivation, plant pathology Education: PhD, Plant Pathology, Pennsylvania State University-University Park
MS, Plant Pathology, Pennsylvania State University-University Park
BS, Universidad Veracruzana-Cordoba Favorite thing about AU: "I feel passionate about teaching at AU and I truly enjoy learning along with students." View LinkedIn Profile

Ami Johanson
Ami Johanson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Office Phone: 630-844-5420
Email: ajohanson@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Biochemistry, organic chemistry, kinetics, spectroscopy, food chemistry, physical chemistry Education: PhD, Chemistry, Northwestern University
BS, Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Favorite thing about AU: "Being in the lab with students as they experience chemistry in action."

John Lloyd
John Lloyd, PhD

Professor of Biology Office Phone: 630-844-5620
Email: jllloyd@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Physiology, anatomy, biology of aging, health professions Education: BS, Kentucky State University
MS, Wright State University
PhD, Northern Illinois University Favorite thing about AU: "I can follow my true calling: teaching and being an advisor and mentor to students."

William Martin
William Martin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology, Chair of Biology Department Office Phone: 630-844-6841
Email: wmartin@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Botany, cellular biology, genetics, horticulture, physiology Education: PhD, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin
MS, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetic, University of Wisconsin
BS, Biology and Chemistry, St. Norbert College
Favorite thing about AU: "Class sizes that allow faculty to get to know students and help them towards their goals."

Kyle McElhoney
Kyle McElhoney, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Office Phone: 630-844-7588
Email: kmcelhoney@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: General chemistry, analytical chemistry, ion-selective electrodes, ion chromatography Education: PhD, Chemistry, Tufts University
BS, Chemistry, Siena College Favorite thing about AU: "Working closely with our faculty and students."

Carrie Milne-Zelman
Carrie Milne-Zelman, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology Office Phone: 630-844-5296
Email: czelman@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Evolutionary genetics, ecology, behavior, organismal biology, vertebrate zoology Education:

PhD, Genetics, Iowa State University
BS, Biology and Mathematics, Alma College

Favorite thing about AU: "I love seeing our students encounter a world of possibilities opened to them through their education." View LinkedIn Profile

Chetna Patel
Chetna Patel, PhD

Professor of Chemistry, Chair of Physical Sciences Office Phone: 630-844-5513
Email: cpatel@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: General chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical education, K–12 education Education: PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
BA, Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
BS, Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago Favorite thing about AU: "The university's commitment to student growth and creating a learning environment for all." View LinkedIn Profile

Todd Roach
Todd Roach, DC

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Office Phone: 630-844-6843
Email: troach@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, immunology, endocrinology Education: Doctor of Chiropractic, National University of Health Sciences
BS, Human Biology, National University of Health Sciences
BS, Neuroanatomy, Purdue University

Darius Wheeler
Darius Wheeler, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Office Phone: 630-844-5460
Email: dwheeler@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Nonlinear dynamics in granular materials, RNA sequencing, nonlinear waves, numerical methods

Mark Zelman
Mark Zelman, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology Office Phone: 630-844-5142
Email: mzelman@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Microbiology, immunology, cell biology, human biology Education: PhD, Loyola University Chicago
BS, Rockford College Favorite thing about AU: "Working closely with students as they find their place in the world."