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Faculty Profile

John Mullican

Associate Professor & Chair
College of Arts and Sciences
Stoffer Science Hall
Rm 202A
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Missouri Western St College, Bachelor of Science
Univ of Nebraska Medical Ctr, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

2009 to present, Chair, Department of Biology, Washburn University

2005 to present, Associate Professor of Biology, Washburn University

1999-2005, Assistant Professor of Biology, Washburn University

1998-1999, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Creighton University

1995-1998 Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Scholarly Interests/Activities

My main research interests focus on the biology of free-living amoeboflagellates of the genus Naegleria.  Current research projects involve examining Kansas freshwater sources for the prevalence of Naegleria sp., particularly those that are thermophilic.  Additional work examines the structure and function of the ribosomal DNA plasmids within Naegleria, particularly with respect to identifying DNA elements and factors involved in plasmid replication and maintenance.  Collaborating with Drs. Paul and Tracy Wagner, my lab is also examining the pH sensitivity of Naegleria potassium ion channels.  Dr. Matt Arterburn and I are collaborating on a pedagogical study that involves students watching laboratory technique videos prior to coming to the lab and monitoring students’ performances in lab when compared with students who did not view the videos ahead of time. 

Service Interests/Activities

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dental Student Advisor (1999-present)

American Medical Student Association Faculty Advisor (2006-present)

Faculty Athletic Representative (2007-present)

College Committee on Promotion and Tenure (2007-present)
  Chair, since 2008

Chair, VPAA Search Committee (2010)

Chair, Director of Admissions Search Committee (2012)

Career Accomplishments

2011 Named 1 of "5 Professors every student should meet" at Washburn University (Bod Magazine).

2011 Muriel D. Clarke Student Life Award (Washburn University)

2010 Student Life Achieving Excellence Award (Washburn University)

2006 Distinguished Alumni Award (Missouri Western State University)

2005 Distinguished Biology Alumni Award (Missouri Western State University)

2005 Phi Kappa Phi Inductee (Washburn University)

2002 Sagamore Society Honorary Member (Washburn University)

1998 Finalist for John F. Kennedy Teaching For Teaching Award (Creighton University)

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