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Carol Fischer, Ph.D.

Biology | Assistant Professor Biology/Phyisology

Ph.D. in Oral Science (2013) – University of Iowa
B.S. in Biology (2007) – East Central University
Dr. Carol Fischer has been at Waldorf University since August of 2016. Her background is in microbiology, immunology, lipid biochemistry and cancer research. She previously taught classes at the University of Iowa and as an adjunct at Kirkwood Community College. As a professor and mentor, she is dedicated to providing dynamic and challenging learning experiences, facilitating the acquisition of skills conducive to life-long learning, helping students discover their own passion and excitement in their respective fields and providing caring and compassionate mentoring.

Carol is the faculty advisor for TriBeta, the National Biological Honor Society established in the spring of 2018, faculty advisor for Waldorf’s Love Your Melon Crew, co-advisor for the Biology Club and has previously served as co-advisor for Waldorf’s Alpha Chi College National Honor Society.

Carol’s professional activities include 22 peer-reviewed scientific publications, many of which include students, more than 25 oral presentations at state, local, and national meetings and active participation as a peer reviewer for multiple scientific journals. She serves on the Faculty Senate, the Assessment Committee, and the HLC Assurance Argument Team.

Carol and her husband, Scott, enjoy living in Forest City and participating in community events and church activities. Scott works in maintenance at Winnebago. Spending time with family is one of her favorite things; she really enjoys when they all the kids come home and make music, play video games or “puzzle” together. Other favorite things include cooking, cleaning house, reading, gardening, playing the piano and spending time at football games, basketball games or fishing with her husband.

Courses Taught:
BIO155 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO250 Medical and Scientific Terminology
BIO290 Intermediate Biological Literature and Experimental Methods
BIO350 Comparative Chordate Anatomy
BIO352 Vertebrate Physiology
BIO446 Histology
HON200 Philosophy (co-taught with other faculty)

Research interests:
Activity of antimicrobial lipids endogenous to the skin and oral cavity – specifically against biofilms and MRSA infections
Prediction of cellular responses to immunotherapeutic treatments using co-culture simulation models of cancer and immune cells
Identification of single nucleotide polymorphisms that directly influence risk for non-syndromic orofacial clefting
Assessment and teaching effectiveness

Select Professional Honors:
Invited speaker: “What TRiO Graduates Tell Us About the Role of Faculty in Fostering an Inclusive Campus”, Council for Opportunity in Education, 35th Annual Conference: Making Equity and Inclusion Real, San Diego, Calif. (9/2/2016)
Testified (by invitation) before the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, topic: the importance of college access programs – specifically the collection of TRiO programs, House of Representatives on Capitol Hill, Washington DC (3/19/2015)
Keynote speaker for Student Leadership Conference, TRiO and Upward Bound Student Support Services, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (10/30/2015)
TRiO Achiever Award, Representative of the TRiO program for the state of Oklahoma, Invited speaker at the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance Conference, Oklahoma City, Okla. Conference, Dallas, Texas (11/10/2014)