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Biophysical Chemistry & Mathematics Department

Attention Doctors, Scientists, Researchers, Nurses, Physical Therapists and other Allied Health Science Specialists:

Our department is dedicated to excellence in research, hands-on skills training, and education as are we are involved in the cutting edge of scientific discovery. We pride ourselves in training our students with experiential learning as a forefront for the design model of active education. Our department provides a warn, collegial, and welcoming environment for budding scientists and establishing investigators alike.

The departmental offerings include core courses to help relay the fundamental topics in biophysical chemistry, macromolecular structures, structure determination methods, forensic studies, biotechnology, kinesiology, muscle movement, current health and medical related topics, and nutritional well-being, to name a few.


Full-Time Faculty:

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sport Science, and Kinesiology
Interim Program Director for Forensic Biotechnology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Room 512
(219) 473-4275
Dr. Lakhani's Faculty Member Page

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) in 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2011. His primary expertise is in chemistry, although he teaches across the curriculum at CCSJ in three science programs and is the Program Director for Bachelor of Science programs in Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Kinesiology.

Carrie Hutton

Dr. Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E., Ed.D

Program Director, Mathematics; Program Director, General Education
Assistant Professor
Office: Room 302
(219) 473-4284

Dr. Hutton earned a M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Purdue University, a M.S.E. in Engineering from Purdue University, and an Ed.D in Leadership from American College of Education.

Dr. Hutton teaches developmental mathematics courses, Statistics, and Calculus courses at CCSJ. She previously taught dual credit engineering technology courses and mathematics courses in K-12 schools. Her research interests include quality and competitive K-16 STEM education for underrepresented populations in STEM careers, the successful implementation of inquiry K-16 STEM learning, and the successful implementation of project-based integrated K-16 STEM learning.

Dr. Hutton is an active member of the community as a City of Hammond Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission. She is also an active member of the CCSJ community as the General Education Director, the Student Government faculty sponsor, and the Chair of faculty Senate.

Br. Benjamin Basile

Br. Benjamin Basile, C.P.P.S, M.S.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office: Room 303
(219) 473-4280

Brother Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S. is a member of the Precious Blood Missionaries, the founding religious order of Calumet College of St. Joseph. A native of New Jersey, Brother Ben joined the Missionaries in 1969. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He also has done graduate study in Education at the University of Akron and in Computer Science at DePaul University. After 8 years in high school teaching and 3 years as a high school principal, he was appointed to the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in 1981, teaching computer science and mathematics. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Registrar of the College, and as Mathematics Coordinator from 2003 to 2015. Currently, he enjoys teaching "all math, all the time." In 2015 he oversaw the installation, in the Bernard Gallery of the College, of a Kimball pipe organ from 1898, which he had saved from destruction.

Doctor Draper

Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Room 514
Phone: (219) 473-4268

Dr. Draper received his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University, an M.S. in Biology from Purdue University, and a PhD. in Biology from The University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Draper is most interested in molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetics. He will be teaching courses throughout the biology curriculum. Dr. Draper uses the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study how cells detect and respond to extracellular signals.

Tracy Stone

Tracy Stone, M.S.

Faculty Instructor of Kinesiology
Office: Room 520
(219) 473-4357

Tracy started her career in fitness in 1997 as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her love of health and wellness led her to earn a B.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Mrs. Stone is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2003, she was given her first opportunity to teach in the classroom setting as a Graduate Assistant at UIC. From there she went on to serve as the Lead Instructor for the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Chicago for 12 years.

Adjunct Faculty:

Michael Keiderling

Dr. Michael Keiderling, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty of Physics

Dr. Michael Keiderling is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary expertise is in Physics though he also teaches general science.

Nicole Griffin

Nicole Griffin, M.L.S., ASCP, SM

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Nicole Griffin is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. She received her B.S. in Biology from Purdue University in 2002. She is currently pursuing her M.A. degree in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University. Nicole has over 15 year’s clinical experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Her primary expertise is in clinical Microbiology.​

Mary Wallace

Mary Wallace, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Mary Wallace is Program Director of the Community Healthcare System School of Medical Laboratory Science. She received her B.S. in biology at Purdue University West Lafayette, IN. She completed the School of Medical Technology at St. Mary Medical Center in Gary IN and has worked at Community Hospital Laboratory for many years. She taught in the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Indiana University Northwest for three years before participating in the establishment of the MLS program at CHS. She achieved her MS in Biology at Purdue Calumet and more recently a Specialist in Hematology from ASCP. Mary teaches Hematology, Blood Bank, Immunology, Urinalysis and Body Fluids.

Student Success

Career Placement:

  • Teaching in science and mathematics at local school within the Midwest region
  • FBI systems analyst
  • Forensic Biotechnologist at the Illinois State Police, Division of Forensics Services.
  • Coaching at various schools/high schools.
  • X-ray Technician
  • Veterinary Technician

Placed into these Graduate Programs:

  • Accelerate masters degree at Rush University's nursing program
  • Accelerate masters degree at DePaul University's nursing program
  • PhD at University of Michigan Pharmaceutical Science and Biomedical Engineering Program
  • PhD at University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Science Program
  • Doctorate at National University of Health Sciences
  • Physical Therapy doctorate program at Governors State University
  • Occupation Therapy doctorate program at Bay University
  • Medical School

Student Awards and Recognition:

  • Students have presented over 120 research posters at various local and nationwide conferences
  • NASA project involving the development and engineering of a new instrument and a possible prevention for Alzheimer's disease which is to be tested on the International Space Station
  • Early acceptance into medical schools and graduate schools
  • Multiple year and student recipient winners recognized by the American Chemical Society for their research in Analytical Chemistry
  • Multiple year and student recipient winners recognized by the University of California for Neuroscience Division
  • Multiple students recognized and recipient winners of the Atlantis Fellowship
  • Student winner of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of the Midwest
  • Student awarded the SROP fellowship for the University of Michigan
  • Student awarded a summer fellowship in Biomedical Neuroscience at the University of Illinois through the college of pharmacy
  • Student awarded entrance into the Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
  • Students awarded the MCORE fellowship
  • Student awarded for achievement of honor from the Applied Spectroscopy Society.
  • Student awarded at Midwest conference for best presentation.

Student Accomplishments

For 2017-2018:

  • Graham Federico was accepted into medical school
  • Ciara Carmichael has been present the 2017 Undergraduate in Analytical Chemistry award from the American Chemical Society for her outstanding contribution to our "Alzheimer's Disease Prevention by the Use of Orthomolecular Compounds " research over the 2016-2017 year.

For 2016-2017:

  • Kristen Ashby was accepted into the doctorate Occupational Therapy program at Bay University after obtained her exercise and sports science degree.
  • Rebecca Dill was accepted in the doctorate Physical Therapy program at Governors State University after obtained her exercise and sports science degree.
  • Nicole Gill was hired by the FBI as a forensic chemist/analyst after obtained her biomedical science degree.
  • Ramiro Rojas was accepted into the accelerated MSN program at DePaul University after completing his biomedical science degree.
  • Jessica Compton was accepted into the MSN program at Rush University after obtained her biomedical science degree.
  • Nicole Henry was accepted into the doctorate program at National University of Health Sciences. Currently completing her BS in biomedical science.
  • Under my supervision, two students in our Science Program Jennifer Salczynski and Matthew Jackson were accepted into the Atlantis Fellowships. This highly competitive pre-med summer program enables students to shadow doctors in local hospitals in Spain, Italy, and Greece.
  • Ciara Carmichael was selected to go to University of California to present her research findings for a preventative for type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease to the Neuroscience department. She was selected out if 600 applicants and only 30 were accepted. This will be a fully funded event sponsored the University of California.
  • Elena Cortes was just accepted into the transition to PhD program known as PREP (Penn research program) at University of Pennsylvania in the biomedical science program. She was recognized for her outstanding Research and scholarship and was awarded a tuition waiver and stipend of $30,000.
  • Jennifer Diaz was awarded an early acceptance into the PhD program at University of Michigan in Pharmaceutical Science and Biomedical Engineering Program. Not only was she accepted into this program, but she also received a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship, the Rackham Merit fellowship which sustains the academic excellence and inclusiveness of the graduate community. Jen has acquired a full fellowship for the duration of her PhD and a $30,000 annual stipend.

For 2015-2016:

  • Lucy Neaves was just hired by the State of Illinois Forensic Science Laboratory.
  • Elena Cortes and Jennifer Diaz were awarded an all-expense paid trip (flight, stay, food, and a football game) to go to University of Michigan for the MCORE program.
  • Jennifer Diaz was accepted into the summer fellowship at UIC in Biomedical Neuroscience. She will be working on continuing her research on Alzheimer’s disease at the College of Pharmacy and was awarded a stipend, room and board, and access to the colleges’ facilities.
  • Jennifer Diaz was also just recognized by the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois and awarded membership into the Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
  • Nicole Gill was accepted into the FBI’s Intelligence Analyst summer internship.
  • Elena Cortes was accepted into the SROP summer fellowship at University of Michigan. This includes a stipend, room and board, access to their facilities, waivers for graduate programs fees, networking and professional development workshops.
  • Jennifer Diaz was awarded a monetary scholarship from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of the Midwest (only 6 winners).
    • 1 student from U of Wisc
    • 1 student from Purdue – West Lafayette
    • 2 students from U of Chicago
    • 1 student from Northwestern University
    OUT OF 225 applicants!!!

For 2014-2015:

  • 16 scientific research posters we accepted and to be presented at Michigan State University (only 62 were accepted across the Midwest ~26%) at the Midwest Research Symposium on the Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Became members of CAURS along with University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Chicago, Loyola University, Roosevelt University, and DePaul University.
  • 29 CCSJ students out of 93 presented at CAURS (~31%).
  • Logan Cole was awarded the best poster in institute.
  • For excellent academic standing, merit, and scientific research in the neuroscience category, the following students were awarded a full paid trip to visit University of California at Davis neuroscience program.
  • Out of 600+ applicants, only 23 were selected nationwide, and 4 were from CCSJ: Jessica Compton, Elena Cortes, Jennifer Diaz, and Mariana Portela.
  • For excellent undergraduate research, Allen Walker has been awarded an achievement of honors from the Applied Spectroscopy Society.
  • Britney Bowers was selected to be one of the very few, and the only one from CCSJ, to join Indiana University’s School of Medicine International Human Cadaver Prosection Program
  • 1 out of 3 programs nationwide to collaborate with the Boy Scouts of America, the International Space Station, CASIS and NASA to send out our Alzheimer’s research into space and developing a small spectrometer to obtain the data.
  • Met an astronaut, have weekly conference calls with NASA, Texas A&M and CASIS.

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