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Matthew Jones-Rhoades

Chair & Associate Professor of Biology

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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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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Top Employers of Biology Alumni

  1. Knox College
  2. The Association of The United States Army
  3. AbbVie Inc.
  4. Abbott Laboratories
  5. Carl Sandburg College
  6. University of Illinois at Chicago


Biology Alumni Working in Related Field

Top Occupations of Biology Alumni

  1. Chief Executives
  2. Postsecondary Teachers
  3. Personal Service Managers
  4. Medical & Health Services Managers
  5. Operations Managers
  6. Natural Sciences Managers
  7. Family Medicine Physicians


Estimated Salary of Alumni with Biology Degrees

Top Job Titles of Biology Alumni

  1. Physician
  2. Business Owner
  3. Biology Faculty
  4. Athletic Trainer
  5. Professor
  6. Science Teacher
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Printed on Sunday, June 23, 2024