Sharon Keller is a lifelong resident of Madison County. She received an AS in Biotechnology from Athens Technical College, a BS and PhD from the University of Georgia in Cellular Biology. Her graduate work involved studying the inositol phosphate/diacylglycerol signaling pathway in Trypanosoma brucei, the etiological agent of African sleeping sickness. Her graduate work was supported by two different NIH fellowships and an award from the Atlanta chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) foundation. She has 2 years of teaching experience in biology to various student populations and loves to share her passion of science. She received an UGA Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012. Sharon is married and has a daughter, Brooklynn, who will be a freshman at the University of Georgia this coming year.
Dr. Karen Pasko earned a B.S. in medical technology at Penn State University. She received a Ph.D. in immunology and microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. Her graduate work focused on the effects of diabetes on cellular immune function. Hospital laboratory diagnostic work and science teaching in Christian institutions filled the years between graduate school and arrival at Emmanuel College in 2000. Emmanuel College provides the opportunity for her to teach science from a God-centered perspective. Her courses include biology for non-majors, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and molecular biology. Teaching science and mentoring students as they find God’s plan for their lives is very rewarding for her.
Dr. Sherry Story holds a B.S. in chemistry from Fort Valley State University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in biochemistry & molecular biology from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation was titled Biochemical and kinetic characterization of metallopeptidases from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus. Her research has led to publications in Journal of Bacteriology and Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids. Dr. Story is also a professional photographer.
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Jeremiah N. Winter received his B.S. in biology from Cornerstone University, where he gained a deep appreciation for Christian colleges, and his Ph.D. in molecular medicine from Penn State University College of Medicine. Following his undergraduate work, he worked as a research assistant at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. At Penn State he studied the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway, which is involved in multiple processes, including muscle hypertrophy. His research has led to publication in the American Journal of Physiology – Cell Physiology (August 2010). Dr. Winter counts himself blessed to be at Emmanuel College, and gives God all the glory for bringing him to Franklin Springs.
Ashley Exendine earned her B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology with an emphasis in conservation education at Missouri State University. Her graduate work involved the critiquing and testing of a rangeland curriculum in elementary schools throughout the South Texas area. Her graduate work was supported by a fellowship through The Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation located in Sinton, Texas. Prior to joining Emmanuel College in 2013, she worked with the Welder Wildlife Foundation as a Conservation Educator for all age groups. She enjoys sharing her passion for science with students through the Christ-centered atmosphere at Emmanuel College.
Ashley Exendine and her husband, Mike, attend Faith Baptist Church in Missouri where they are active in leading the youth group. They have one little girl by the name of River.