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Kristen M. Amick

Associate Professor

Biology Faculty

(724) 946-7213

Campus Location:
   Hoyt Science Resources Center
Mailbox: 127

About Me

Associate Professor of Biology

The fall 2018 semester is my first at Westminster!  I'm very excited to be teaching introductory courses for biology majors and non-majors as well as teaching the Intro to Microbiology course for nursing students over the course of the year.  My research is in the areas of Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics, which means I use DNA sequences and computational analysis to study population genetic structure and change over time.  My current projects include looking at the genetic health of Pennsylvania's white-tailed deer population, assessing the genetic diversity of cats from several European countries to establish a database for veterinary forensic use, and trying to determine the closest extant relative of the nearly extinct Ventura Marsh Milkvetch plant to aid in recover efforts.

  • Ph.D. - Molecular Evolution & Bioinformatics, The George Washington University
  • B.S. - Biology, Penn State Behrend