About the Current Chair

Carissa KraneDr. Carissa Krane is the first Schuellein Chair in Biological Sciences at the University of Dayton. She is a Professor in the Biology Department with a joint appointment in Bioengineering. She earned her Honors B.S. degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Marquette University and her Ph.D. degree in Molecular Genetics from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Krane was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine in the Program of Excellence in Heart and Lung Biology prior to joining the faculty in the Department of Biology in January 2001. Dr. Krane has secured significant and ongoing funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Lung Association for her work on Aquaporins, membrane proteins that control the water content of cells.

Dr. Krane has mentored scores of students and contributed to a number of industry-sponsored interdisciplinary research contracts and multidisciplinary teaching efforts. She received the College’s award for outstanding teaching in 2008, the George B. Noland Award for Research in 2014 (given by UD’s Chapter of Sigma Xi) and has been formally recognized by the American Physiological Society for her service as a research mentor to undergraduate student summer research fellows.

Outside the classroom and lab, Dr. Krane has brought significant leadership to a number of settings. She is currently serving a second term as President of the Academic Senate, and has also served as Associate Director of the University Honors Program where she supervised honors thesis research and developed the Berry Summer Thesis Institute. She is currently in the second year of a three year term of national service on the American Physiological Society’s Education Committee.

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