Dr. Michael Gresock

Teaching Area(s): Biology

Job Title: Instructor of Biology

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Finding My Passion
While completing undergraduate studies, I had several influential professors who stimulated my interest in microbiology and molecular biology. At first glance, studying biomolecules and cells is not something that appeals to many people. However, when one considers that biomolecules and cells are common to all living organisms, then understanding the nature of these entities becomes significantly more meaningful.   

Proudest Professional Accomplishment
It would have to be publishing my dissertation research in scientific journals. I have several peer-reviewed, original research publications in microbiology-based research journals, and another manuscript has recently been accepted for publication at the Journal of Bacteriology. It will be officially published sometime during the fall 2015 semester.

Courses Taught
I previously taught Bio 200 Foundations of Medical Microbiology lecture and lab in the spring 2015 semester. It was my first time teaching a lecture-based course. I am looking forward to expanding my teaching repertoire as a full-time faculty member at Mount Union.

My Teaching Style
When I taught medical microbiology in the spring 2015 semester, I utilized medical case studies in which I split students into groups and had them solve a scenario involving lecture topics. Many times, the case studies involve patients displaying symptoms, and the students have to identify the causative agent (could be a type of bacterium, virus, fungus or parasite) and suggest an optimal treatment method. I also hold “moderated discussion sessions” during class in which students criticize news articles pertaining to medical microbiology and share their findings with the class. This helps the students make connections between classroom topics and “real-world” events. I will also be teaching Unity of Life this upcoming fall semester, and I look forward to doing similar activities with the students in that course. 

Best Part of the Job
I enjoy interacting with the students and helping them understand difficult concepts.

Research Interests
For my dissertation research, I explored functional mechanisms of iron siderophore acquisition in Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli. Bacteria that cannot acquire iron becomes less pathogenic because iron is important for bacterial growth. Specifically, I studied how a bacterial protein known as TonB interacts with other cellular proteins to facilitate iron uptake. 

Favorite Building
Of course, Bracy Hall because it is my work place and where I spend the most time, but Chapman Hall is interesting as well because of its unique architecture.

The Mount Union Difference
Mount Union puts emphasis on student-centered learning and dedication to student improvement.

A Mount Union Education
The University gives students plenty of opportunities to conduct student research and engage in a variety of internships. The alumni network is also very good at securing job opportunities for students and is highly active.

Why Biology
The biology program is an excellent place to learn from outstanding faculty and become prepared for a variety of exciting careers in medicine, scientific research, industrial applications or science journalism.

Liberal Arts
A liberal arts education gives students a broad perspective of the world around them and makes them more responsible citizens.

The University gives students plenty of opportunities to conduct student research and engage in a variety of internships. The alumni network is also very good at securing job opportunities for students and is highly active.

Fun Facts

If you could teach one class outside of your discipline, what would it be?
Ancient or Medieval History
What is one thing most people would be surprised to find out about you?
I have a keen interest in ancient Mediterranean civilizations and Egyptology.
If you weren’t a professor, what job would you have?
Either pharmacist or archaeologist
What is your favorite movie?
“Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”
What are your hobbies and interests?
Golf, fishing and tennis
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