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Dr. Crystal Walline Joins Biology Faculty

Dr. Crystal Walline

Assistant Professor Crystal Walline received her Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from Millikin University (IL). She then earned her PhD degree in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology from Purdue University. Additionally, she completed the requirements for the Integrated Program in Neuroscience. For her graduate research, Dr. Walline used molecular biology and neuropharmacology techniques to investigate the structure and function of the serotonin transporter (SERT), the protein target in the brain for antidepressants (e.g. Prozac) as well as drugs of abuse (e.g. cocaine and amphetamines).

For her postdoctoral studies, Dr. Walline wanted to gain experience in translational research, where experiments seek to translate basic scientific findings into therapeutic interventions and to increase understanding of important disease processes. Having acquired an interest in understanding the immune system, she completed two postdoctoral fellowships in immunology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The first studied the involvement of various cells and chemicals in the development of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disorder where immune cells attack the myelin sheath that protects the brain and spinal cord. The second postdoctoral fellowship investigated the way in which the innate and adaptive branches of the immune system work together to regulate pulmonary (lung) inflammation associated with asthma and how respiratory viral infections aggravated signs and symptoms of asthma.

While Dr. Walline enjoys working in the lab, her passion is teaching and mentoring students. She taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Monmouth College from 2013-2016. Feeling the need to escape the brutal midwestern winters, she sought refuge in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Dr. Walline loves her cats (Asha, Connie & Baldur), using her hand and power tools to repair and build household items, and doing genealogy research. Additionally, she enjoys traveling, photography and learning about Viking history.

Dr. Crystal Walline (right) and studentDr. Crystal Walline (right) and student.

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Web manager's note: Dr. Walline joined the Biology faculty in fall 2016.  She is currently teaching undergraduate courses in Immunology and in Anatomy & Physiogy I.

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