Biochemistry faculty at Augustana know their students and help them achieve their goals through careful advising and mentoring.

The biochemistry major utilizes faculty from biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Mark Larson

Dr. Mark Larson
Associate Professor, Cell Biology & Co-Director, Biochemistry Major
Froiland Science Complex #237

Dr. Larson teaches Introductory Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Cell Biology, and co-leads a capstone class on race and representation with Dr. Lindsay Twa, assistant professor of art. His research focuses on platelets, platelet function, and platelet biogenesis. He is also the pre-professional advisor for occupational therapy and clinical lab science. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at Concordia College and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Birmingham (U.K.).

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Dr. Jared Mays
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry & Co-Director, Biochemistry Major
Froiland Science Complex #325

Dr. Jared R. Mays joined the Augustana faculty in 2009 and teaches courses in General Chemistry, Survey of Organic and Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry/Medicinal Chemistry. He received his bachelors degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College. His doctoral work in pharmaceutical sciences was completed at The University of Wisconsin, where he worked toward the development of prodrug histone deacetylase inhibitors under the direction of Scott R. Rajski. He completed a postdoctoral appointment with Brian S. J. Blagg in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas, working on C-terminal Hsp90 inhibitors. His multidisciplinary research program at Augustana bridges the boundaries between chemistry and biology and is focused on the medicinal chemistry of glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, anticancer natural products found in broccoli.