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."

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."

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

Juan A. Colón Santana
Juan A. Colón Santana, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physics Office Phone: 630-844-7833
Email: jsantana@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Condensed matter physics, material science, physics education, electronics Favorite thing about AU: "The collegial atmosphere and the strong support for engaging students in hands-on, meaningful experiences in the field."