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Stephen Cessna

DEPARTMENT: Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science

POSITION: Professor of Biochemistry

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SSC 026H

PHONE: (540) 432-4403


Steve received his BA in chemistry and biochemistry in Colorado in 1991 and then taught middle school math and science in Lesotho in southern Africa. After returning to the US in 1995, getting married and moving to Indiana, Steve finished a PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2000. At EMU, Steve teaches courses in introductory biology, chemistry, biochemistry, plant physiology and sustainable agriculture.

Dr. Cessna’s research interests include:
- STEM student retention
- Teaching the nature of science
- Assessing means of teaching through course-embedded research projects in college settings
- Measuring terpenoid, oxidant and anti-oxidant content in plants responding to stresses
- Comparing photosynthesis, terpenoids, antioxidant content, and growth of various plants in different stress conditions


BA, University of Colorado at Boulder (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
PHD, Purdue University (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

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