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St. Louis College of Pharmacy Welcomes New Faculty

Published on 13 August 2015

Yvonne Burnett, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice
Burnett graduated from the University of Rhode Island and completed a PGY1 residency with Atlantic Health System in Morristown, N.J., and a PGY2 infectious diseases residency at South Texas VA in San Antonio, Texas. Her practice site will be in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis in the Division of Infectious Disease with the outpatient antibiotic team. This fall, Burnett will practice and teach in the areas of infectious diseases and outpatient antibiotic use.

Brett Craig, Ph.D., assistant professor of health communications
Craig earned his Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University. Craig comes to the College from Nazabayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, where he was an assistant professor of communication. He will teach professional communications.

Brittney Coats, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy
Coats earned her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Chicago. She has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, San Bernardino. She was a teaching assistant of endocrinology at the University of Chicago and a laboratory instructor of biology, anatomy, and physiology at California State University. She also taught anatomy to first year medical students at Western University of Health Sciences. This fall, Coats will teach anatomy.

Jean Escudero, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology
Escudero earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She has worked in the corporate world as a senior scientist and in academia as a research associate/lab manager. For the past eight years, she has taught biology, microbiology, and immunology and has most recently been an assistant professor in the biology department at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, Tex. This fall, Escudero will teach microbiology.

Danielle Giffort, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology
Giffort earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She also holds a master of arts in sociology from UIC, and a bachelor of arts in sociology from Roosevelt University. Her teaching and research interests include health, medicine and technology, deviance, drugs and society, and youth subcultures. She will be teaching principles of sociology this year.

Jessica Gross, Ph.D., assistant professor of english
Gross earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She holds a master of arts from there as well. Gross is a magna cum laude graduate of Grove City College. Her teaching and research interest in comparative literature and theory include narrative theory, the modern novel, comics and graphic novels, visual culture, writing and composition, French, and Southeast Asian literature. She will be teaching several sections of the effective writer and writer as advocate courses.

Jamie Kleine, instructor of mathematics
Kleine earned her master’s degree in computational mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She spent the first 10 years of her teaching career as a high school mathematics teacher. For the last five years, she has been an adjunct mathematics instructor of calculus, quantitative methods, and statistics at Vatterott College, Ranken Technical College, Southwestern Illinois College, Lindenwood University-Belleville, and Lewis and Clark Community College. This fall, Kleine will teach pre-calculus and statistics.

Dana Morrone, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry
Morrone earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He was a teaching assistant of molecular biology and biochemistry at Iowa State University and an adjunct professor of biochemistry at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota. For the past five years, he has been a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, researching synthetic biology and RNA engineering. This fall, Morrone will teach biochemistry.

Jeramia Ory, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry
Ory earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. For over 15 years, he has taught a variety of biochemistry, bioinformatics, molecular biology and genetics courses. Most recently, he was associate professor of biology and program director of biochemistry and molecular biology at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This fall, Ory will teach biochemistry.

Nicole Pinaire, Ph.D., associate professor of biology
Pinaire earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology and cancer biology from the University of Texas, Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Saint Louis University. She has eight years of experience in curriculum design and teaching a variety of biology, molecular biology, anatomy, and physiology courses. She was an assistant professor at Houston Baptist University, Texas, and an associate professor in biology at St. Charles Community College, Missouri. This fall, Pinaire will teach molecular biology and assist with the advanced physiology course.

Amy Reese, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology
Reese earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She has over 15 years of research experience, including post-doctoral research in the department of molecular microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She also has over 15 years of course design and teaching experience in microbiology, biology, science ethics, biology, and introduction to health professions. Most recently, she was associate professor and health professions advisor at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This fall, Reese will teach microbiology.

Joseph Van Tuyl, Pharm.D., BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice
Tuyl graduated from the University of Oklahoma and completed a PGY1 residency with University of Oklahoma and OU Medical Center and a PGY2 cardiology residency at the University of North Carolina. His practice site will be with St. Louis University Hospital. This fall, Tuyl will practice and teach in cardiology.

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