Associate Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology
Office Location: 324 Olin Hall
Jerry E. Honts earned both his Bachelor of Sciences with Honors in Zoology at the University of Iowa. After working for a year as a research assistant, he enrolled in the graduate program in Biology and received his Ph.D. in 1991. He then continued with post-doctoral studies at the University of Arizona in the Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology and in Biochemistry. He joined the teaching staff at Drake in 1995, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Biology in 2001. He has occasionally served as chair of the Department of Biology.
His area of expertise is in the structure, function, and evolution of cytoskeletal proteins in eukaryotes. He currently has 18 published papers or book chapters listed in PubMed, and has given over 30 presentations at regional, national, or international conferences in the United States and in Europe. His research has been funded by the NASA and the National Science Foundation. He was in the first class of fellows inducted into the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine FUTURE program. He is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology, the Biophysical Society, and the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Honts primarily teaches courses in cell and molecular biology, including Cell Biology (BIO 165), Molecular Biology (BIO 186), Structural Biology (BIO 188), and Bioinformatics (BIO/CS 116). He has also offered elective courses on a variety of topics, ranging from cancer biology to astrobiology. He has also taken the opportunity to teach classes or short courses at Des Moines University, at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, China, and at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts. Dr. Honts received the Iowa Academy of the Sciences Distinguished Iowa Science Teacher Award in 2003.