Biochemistry and Chemistry Faculty

Amy Clore
Associate Professor of Biology (941) 487-4543

Ph.D., University of Arizona
B.A., Kenyon College

Professor Clore received her Ph.D. in plant science with a minor in molecular and cellular biology. She is interested in how plant cells perceive extracellular signals and transduce these signals into intracellular changes in biochemistry, gene expression and cytoskeletal architecture.

Her current research focuses on early endosperm development in maize. Funding for the research is provided in part by a nearly $400,000 grant she received from the National Science Foundation as part of a national research team. In addition, Dr. Clore is also studying maize pulvini, specialized organs found along the maize plant stem that sense when the plant has been tipped and reorient growth, as well as how carpel epidermal cells redifferentiate during carpel fusion in Madagascar periwinkle.

Besides her recent National Science Foundation grant, Dr. Clore and two other New College professors in the natural sciences received a NSF grant in 2006 to further their research into animal and plant development and gene expression. Through that grant, New College became one of only a small number of undergraduate institutions in the U.S. to have a real-time PCR instrument to measure DNA and RNA levels in tissue samples taken from organisms.

Professor Clore teaches Cellular Biology (lecture and laboratory), Topics in Plant Development, Plant Physiology, Developmental Biology, Topics in Cell Signaling and General Biology: from Molecules to Organism.

Sandra L. Gilchrist
Professor of Biology (941) 487-4377 (office) or (941) 487-4596 (lab)

Ph.D., Florida State University
M.S., Old Dominion University
B.S., Florida State University

Professor Gilchrist has broad research interests in population biology of invertebrates.  She has focused her work on crabs and their interactions with other organisms, concentrating research questions about resource use.  Most recently, she has worked on questions about interactions between octopuses and hermit crabs in reef and seagrass environments.  She also works with terrestrial invertebrates such as mangrove tree crabs and land hermit crabs.  Her program in Honduras allows students to experience research abroad on a variety of organisms and systems.  She has worked with her students on genetics of coral diseases and of wound healing in marine invertebrates.

She teaches a variety of courses including invertebrate zoology, mangrove ecology, and oceanography. Her broad training in biology and oceanography allows her to support tutorials and internships from feeding behavior of octopuses to work aboard open water research vessels.  She and her students present their work regularly at professional conferences.
Biology professor Sandra Gilchrist was a part of a NOAA grant that brought enhancements to the marine center and helped support the beginnings of community outreach in marine studies.  She received grants from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for K-12 teacher workshops and a summer science program for underprivileged middle school students to learn about the marine environment.  She also spearheaded a gift from the AT&T Foundation to expand the College’s marine science program for elementary and middle school children from low-income families.


Paul H. Scudder
Chair, Division of Natural Sciences
Professor of Chemistry (941) 487-4275

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
B.S., Stanford University

Professor Scudder teaches the organic chemistry sequence and courses and tutorials in related areas. He regularly offers courses in advanced organic chemistry and in structure elucidation. His current research is in the synthesis of interesting organic compounds for electrochemical and spectroscopic studies, chiral catalysis and enzymatic model studies. Professor Scudder is the author of the text Electron Flow in Organic Chemistry.

Suzanne E. Sherman
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., State University of New York at Albany

Professor Sherman teaches inorganic and biological inorganic chemistry by means of courses, laboratories and tutorials. Her research interests span many areas of bioinorganic chemistry including interactions of metals with biological ligands and metals in medicine. She is currently working with students to develop synthetic structural and functional models of the active sites of metalloenzymes that contain manganese and magnesium.

Steven Shipman
Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry (941) 487-4450

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Rice University

Professor Shipman teaches courses, labs, and tutorials in physical chemistry. He is interested in spectroscopy of all types. His current research is in the area of rotational (microwave) spectroscopy, which he uses to study the structure and dynamics of small molecules at room temperature. In addition to revealing fundamental information about small molecules in general, these spectroscopic studies are also intended to aid radio astronomers in their search for complex molecules in interstellar space. As part of his research Professor Shipman also makes extensive use of modern methods in computational chemistry which he also incorporates into his teaching.

Katherine M. Walstrom
Associate Professor of Biochemistry (941) 487-4493

Ph.D., Cornell University
B.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Professor Walstrom teaches biochemistry and molecular biology courses, laboratories and tutorials. Her interdisciplinary research group studies RNA helicases and gene regulation in the model organism C. elegans, a small nematode. Students in her laboratory utilize techniques such as PCR, RT-PCR, microscopy, cloning, protein purification and enzyme assays. In 2006, Dr. Walstrom and two other Natural Sciences professors received a grant to further their research into animal and plant development and gene expression. Through the grant, New College became one of only a small number of undergraduate institutions to have a real-time PCR instrument to measure DNA and RNA levels in tissue samples taken from organisms.

[Did you know?]

The Division of Natural Sciences hosts a series of lectures throughout the academic year on a variety of topics. The lectures are held at the Heiser Natural Sciences Building's Soo Bong Chae Auditorium.

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5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

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