ResPAC Faculty Representatives

Representing Students in Biology, Chemistry, Math and Computer Science

Katherine Robertson, Ph.D., ResPAC Co-Chair
Associate Professor, Biology

Dr. Robertson has a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from the University of London. She has done post-doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University, PA, and has taught at Duquesne University, PA. Her research focuses on learning and memory in social insects.

Karen Resendes, Ph.D., ResPAC Chair
Assistant Professor, Biology

Dr. Resendes has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry from Brown University. She has done post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego and has taught at San Diego State University. Her research focuses on nuclear mRNA and protein transport.

David Offner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Math and Computer Science

Dr. Offner earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and joined the Mathematics and Computer Science faculty in 2009. His research interests are in combinatorics, graph theory, theoretical computer science, and optimization. Aside from teaching a wide variety of classes, he enjoys mentoring undergraduate researchers and future mathematics educators. e-mail

Larry Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University. His research interests include enzyme kinetics and chemistry education.


Sarah Kennedy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Kenendy has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is interested in studying protein structure at the amino acid level to understand biochemical reactions. Current research in her lab focuses on understanding the inhibition of glucosidase with naturally occurring xanthone derivatives. e-mail

Deanne Buffalari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychology Neuroscience

Deanne Buffalari has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has done postdoctoral work at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Pittsburgh.  Her research focuses on the interactions of stress and reward in animal models of addiction. e-mail

Contact Information

Information regarding ResPAC can be obtained from

The Department of Biology
214 Hoyt Science Center
Westminster College

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