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Jennifer Busch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

On Faculty since 2002
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Dr. Busch's first word was "Whazzat?" This "What's that?" curiosity eventually homed in on physiology and molecular biology. It is a joy for her to teach others about these fascinating topics. Dr. Busch delights in learning about cellular machinery that makes our bodies work. She sees beauty in the complex ways living organisms are put together. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, visiting new places, and cycling.

Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Molecular Physiology and Biophysics 2003

Wheaton College
B.S., Biology 1996

  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Signal Transduction
  • Cell Biology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: member
  • The American Physiological Society: member
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society: member

Effects of varied ionic concentrations on the feeding ability of Cordylophora caspia, an invasive hydroid

Abstract. Presented at The Experimental Biology Conference San Diego, CA, April 2016

*Jessica D. Cruise, *Sarah J. Hofer, Jennifer L. Busch, and Nadine C. Folino-Rorem. *indicates undergraduate student

My research interests focus broadly on signal transduction. Signal transduction is the means by which extracellular or environmental chemical signals induce chain reactions of subsequent intracellular protein activations that eventually cause certain physiological changes. Kinases are an important class of proteins within these transduction pathways. Specifically, I study mechanisms by which specific kinases modulate cellular responses to stressors.

  • BIOL 241 Organization of Life: Genetics and Cell Biology
  • BIOL 242 Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany
  • BIOL 321 Human Physiology
  • BIOL 331 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 332 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 497 Biology Research Seminar

Catalytic site amino acids of PKGI-alpha influence allosteric cGMP binding, Frontiers in Biosci
Busch, Jennifer L., Thomas M. Bridges, Robyn Richie-Jannetta, Brian P. Hollett, Jackie D. Corbin, and Sharron H. Francis, 2013