Steven W. Gorsich is serving as an Associate Professor in the Biology Department, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Mich, USA. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky, USA, in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Gorsich went on to earn his Ph.D. degree in biology from the University of Utah, Salt lake City, Utah, USA, in 2003. His dissertation was on mitochondrial dynamics during mitotic growth and meiosis/sporulation in the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Immediately, following graduate school, he served as a Molecular Biologist for the Agriculture Research Service with the USDA in Peoria, Ill, USA. At the USDA, Gorsich worked on engineering improved strains of yeast for bioethanol production. In 2006, he joined the Biology Faculty at the Central Michigan University (CMU). At CMU, Gorsich has continued his research using Saccharomyces cerevisiae to study cellular stress tolerance. More specifically, he investigates the cellular dynamics associated with environmental stresses found during the industrial fermentation of bioethanol and spore development. Gorsich teaches several courses in the Biology Department, which include introductory biology for majors and nonmajors, genetics, human genetics, advanced cell biology, cell dynamics of disease, cell communication, alternative energy, art of scientific communication, epigenetics, biology inquiry, and eugenics. In addition, he has developed an online human genetics course. Gorsich also serves as the academic advisor for premedical students; he is active in curriculum development in CMU's new medical school, and he is the President Elect for Michigan ASM.
Biography Updated on 26 December 2012