Professor of Biology Mark Kainz was profiled Wednesday, July 22, on WLUK-TV, Fox 11 News. Kainz has been working over the summer as a contact […]
Meet Mark Kainz
- Postdoctoral scientist (plant virology), University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Postdoctoral fellow (bacteriology), University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (biochemistry, molecular and cell biology)
- M.S., Washington State University, Pullman, Washington (plant pathology)
- B.S., University of Portland, Portland, Oregon (biology)
I have been a faculty member at Ripon since 2008 and I love my job. I am interested in molecular biology and virology. My research students and I study the mechanics of how RNA is synthesized in bacteria and the factors that control how new virus particles are assembled in a virus infected cell. I teach Genetics and Microbiology every year and Molecular Biology and Virology every few years. I am also a member of the staff that teach our Introductory Biology and our Scientific Writing & Communication classes. I am a mentor for the Applied Innovation Seminar that is the capstone of our Catalyst curriculum. I teach another Catalyst class called “Bring out your dead: Infectious disease through history” that Professor Matzke from our history department and I developed together. I am part of the team that oversees the Catalyst curriculum, Ripon’s skill-based general education curriculum.
What is something your students would be surprised to learn about you? I didn’t own a TV for over 20 years.
What book or article has shaped your work as a teacher in your field? The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett and Natural Obsessions by Natalie Angier.
What’s the best advice about teaching you’ve ever received? Not to be afraid to show how interesting you think the subject you are teaching is.
Recent News Updates
Faculty, staff and students of Ripon College were honored at the College’s annual Awards Convocation. Faculty honorees were: Faculty/Staff Mentor Award: Mary I. Unger, associate […]
In the midst of the recent flu season, Mark Kainz, professor of biology at Ripon College, presented on this year’s influenza before the Communicable Disease […]