The Role of Biology in Christian Liberal Arts Education


Jonathan D. Eisenback
Virginia Tech
Jennifer Gruenke
Union University

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Jonathan D. Eisenback, Ph.D., Professor of Plant Pathology, Virginia Tech

Jon Eisenback received a B.A. in Biology from Bryan College and taught ninth grade science in Rhea County Consolidated High School.  He received a Ph.D. in plant pathology from North Carolina State University for his work on the morphology and taxonomy of the root-knot nematodes. Dr. Eisenback is currently a Professor of Plant Pathology at Virginia Tech where he serves as Director of the Virginia Tech Nematode Diagnostic and Assay Laboratory and teaches graduate courses in Plant Nematology and Seminar. Jon's research concentrates on nematode morphology and taxonomy, especially the root-knot nematodes, on which he has published numerous refereed research articles and book chapters. He has received international recognition for his award winning photomicrographs. Dr. Eisenback was honored by the Society of Nematologists with several awards for his scientific research, and is currently serving the society as President Elect. He is a Board Member of CAST, the N.A. Cobb Foundation, a representative of Society Presidents on the Board on Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences, and was selected as a EUMANE scholar by the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Jennifer Gruenke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Union University

Dr. Gruenke majored in biology from Bryan College and graduated in 1996. She studied the interaction between cells and the influenza virus in grad school, and earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Virginia in 2002.  Dr. Gruenke has taught at various institutions of Christian higher education over the past 10 years, and is currently a professor at Union University in Jackson, TN.  She also serves as the director of the Hammons Center for Scientific Studies at Union.  She is interested in science, philosophy, theology, and the intersection of the three.


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Dr. J. Daryl Charles, Director | Bryan Institute for Critical Thought & Practice  423.775.7265 |