Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Microbiology
Associate Biology Department Chair
Office Location: 415 Olin Hall
David Senchina is a lifetime Iowan who joined Drake University in 2006. Whether in the classroom or laboratory, education is his passion. Dr. Senchina teaches classes in both exercise science (such as Bio 133 Kinesiology and Bio 134 Exercise Physiology) and human disease (such as Bio 108 Emerging Infectious Diseases and INTD 087 Disease, Dialogue, and Democracy), as well as general biology, special topics, and FYS classes. He mentors students in a variety of exercise science research projects, most focusing on the ankle and foot. Apart from the students' work, his current personal research projects involve exercise immunology and herbal supplements used by athletes, as well as the science of teaching.
Dr. Senchina has a diverse academic background. He holds two bachelor's degrees (biology and elementary education with secondary endorsements) from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Health & Human Performance at Iowa State University. Education is a lifelong endeavor and he has continued to take classes since coming to Drake, including earning his coaching endorsement.