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Matthew Jones-Rhoades

Associate Professor of Biology; Chair of Biochemistry

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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5 (Of the Many!) Ways Our Grads Are Finding Success After Knox

Some are pursuing their education...

  • Ph.D. Student in Biomolecular Sciences, Boise State University. Sarah Kobernat '16. Boise, Idaho.
  • Ph.D. Student, Indiana University. Marty Salazar '16. Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Medical Student, University of Arizona College of Medicine. Aleksandra Schribner '15. Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Master's Student in Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University - Jena. Mina Kemmisaki '15. Jena, Germany.

Some have gone into healthcare...

  • Receptionist/Medical Assistant, Family Medicine Associates. Chase Skarda '16. Oak Park, Illinois.
  • Optometrist, Vision Care Associates. Jonathan Ottino '99. Springfield, Illinois.
  • Medical Director, Avant Healthcare. Sarah Blink Polakow '98. Carmel, Indiana.
  • Medical Doctor, Radiology Medical Group of Napa. Richard Waters '97. Napa, California.
  • Podiatric Foot and Ankle Specialist and Surgeon, Foot and Ankle Specialty Group. David Soomekh '96. Beverly Hills, California.

Some work in research and development...

  • Biologist, Monsanto. Amber Simon '16. Florissant, Missouri.
  • Laboratory Assistant, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Nicholas Wagner '15.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Missouri. Patrick Cavins '09. Columbia, Missouri.
  • Senior Research Scientist, Halozyme. Benjamin Thompson '04. San Diego, California.
  • Research Scientist, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Christopher Mill '02.

Some go into education...

  • Assistant Professor of Health Policy, The London School of Economics and Political Science. Huseyin Naci '06. London, England.
  • Assistant Professor of Hematology, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Eric Pietras '01. Aurora, Colorado.
  • Assistant Professor, University of Alabama. Adam Wende '00. Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Professor of Biology, Richland Community College. Jill Sharp Feinstein '96. Decatur, Iowa.

And many have found success in other fields...

  • Youth Group Director, New York Bethel United Methodist Church. Young Kim '07. Huntington, New York.
  • Director of Health Protection, Knox County Health Department. Samuel Jarvis '09. Galesburg, Illinois.
  • Account, AMICULUM. Lei Zhang '06. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Senior Manager of Technical Application Management, HNI Corporation. Brett Barnhart '96. Muscatine, Iowa.
  • Forensic Scientist, Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Sarah Custis '98. St. Louis, Missouri.

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Biochemistry Alumni Working in Related Field

Top Employers of Biochemistry Alumni

  1. Knox College
  2. Washington University in St. Louis
  3. EMD Millipore Corporation
  4. AbbVie Inc.
  5. Pfizer Inc.


Estimated Salary of Alumni with Biochemistry Degrees

Top Occupations of Biochemistry Alumni

  1. Postsecondary Teachers
  2. Natural Sciences Managers
  3. Market Research Analysts
  4. Medical Scientists
  5. Science Technicians
  6. Medical Assistants
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Printed on Monday, May 23, 2022