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James Mountjoy

Associate Professor and Chair of Biology

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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A Knox biology education opens doors to many possible futures for our graduates. 

Some are pursuing their education...

  • Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Klara Mendrisova '17. Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Graduate Student - DVM, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Caitlin Hemby '16.
  • Graduate Student, PhD Program in Ecology and Evolution, University of Pittsburg. James Lichtenstein '14. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Graduate Student, PhD Program in Molecular Biology, Washington University. Cheng Cheng '13. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Graduate Student, PhD Program in Epidemiology, University of Arizona. Stephanie Lashway '12. Tucson, Arizona.
  • Medical Student, George Washington University. Shaunak Mulani '12. Washington, D.C.

Some are researchers...

  • Field and Research Assistant, Massey University. Sarah Martin '14.
  • Microbiologist, Nanosphere. Erik Smoy '14.
  • Assistant Scientist, Pfizer, Inc. Ruth Olech '98. Groton, Connecticut.
  • Wildlife Biologist. Sean Kahrhoff '97. Portland, Oregon.

Some go into medicine (for you or your pet!)...

  • Medical Technologist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital H S. Wanessa Garcia '16. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Physical Therapist, Rock Valley Physical Therapy. Emiley Brand '14.
  • Optometrist, Illinois College of Optometry. Sasha Murphy '11. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgeon. Alison Snyder-Warwick '00. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • VP Marketing, Shire Pharmaceuticals. Gregory Bradley '90.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Deming Primary Care Clinic. Kathleen Cathey '90. Deming, New Mexico.
  • Veterinarian, Stephenson Veterinary Hospital. Steven Etheridge '83. Rockford, Illinois.

Some go into education...

  • Biology Teacher, Wethersfield High School. Logan Willits '11.
  • Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Sandwich High School. Joshua Hamer '00. Sandwich, Illinois.
  • American History Teacher, School District 205. Chris Carpeneter, '00.
  • Lab Instructor, Grand View College. Erma Selser '89. Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford University Medical School, and Member, National Academy of Sciences. Denis Baylor '61. Stanford, California.

And some have found success in other fields...

  • Software Engineer, GroupSense. Katarina Whittenburg '17.
  • Mason, Tabiques Masonry. Carlos Garcia Ayala '15.
  • Associate Director, Early Development and Project Management, Office for Janssen: A Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson. Nyerere Billups '99. San Francisco, California.
  • Principal Business Analyst, General Dynamics Information Technology. Paul Crawford '96.
  • Attorney/Partner, Feldman, Wasser, Draper & Benson. J. Randall Cox '88. Springfield, Illinois.
  • Portfolio Specialist, Investment Insights, Inc. Joan Masover '74.

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