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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.

NASA Project Donation

CCSJ’s project on Alzheimer’s Research was one of three projects nationally to win the Space Station National Design Challenge and will be used on the International Space Station. Led by Dr. Sandra Rogers and Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, students Elena Cortes, Jennifer Diaz, and Jake Hayes, and high school students David Gormley, and Merrick Jakelski are “over the moon” with pride and would love to be able to attend the launch.


Currently working with NASA, CASIS and ISS to send off our a project into space for the Space Station National Design Challenge.

Attending the following conferences:

  • PittCon
  • Gordon Conference
  • Applied Spectroscopy Conference
  • Analytical Chemistry Conference
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Biophysical Conference
  • Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Midwest Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Chemistry
  • IU South Bend Undergraduate Research Symposia
  • National Conference of Undergraduate Research
  • Butler University Research Conference
  • UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
  • American Chemical Society National Conference
  • Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & International Research Conference
  • Midwestern Universities Analytical Chemistry Conference
  • Midwest American Society of Biomechanics
  • Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference
  • Midwest Forensic Conference


Dr. Ahmed Lakhani
Dr. Ahmed Lakhani

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sport Science, and Kinesiology
Interim Program Director for Forensic Biotechnology
Assistant Professor
Room 333
(219) 473-4275

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. in Bio-Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. He is currently teaching the general science courses, physics, and anatomy and physiology.

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

Program Director, Mathematics; Program Director, General Education
Assistant Professor
(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. She has brought her passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to Calumet College of St. Joseph to support the growth of the Mathematics program, the growth of the Science programs and to support the growth of all other degree programs at CCSJ. Her experience includes creating and facilitating project based, integrated STEM learning environments, providing dual credit pre engineering programs in K-12 schools, and coaching professional educators on how to gather, disseminate, interpret and use data to drive best practice instructional decisions in K-12 schools.

Dr. Hutton teaches developmental mathematics courses, Statistics, and Calculus courses at CCSJ. She is also developing curriculum to expand the options, scope, and rigor of mathematics courses at CCSJ. She previously taught dual credit engineering technology courses and mathematics courses in K-12 schools. Dr. Hutton also coordinates the summer bridge program at CCSJ. 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, a member of the Retention committee, the Student Government faculty sponsor, and the Chair–Elect of faculty Senate.

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

Interim Department Chair of Biophysical Chemistry and Mathematics Department, Associate Professor of Mathematics
(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.

Tracy Stone
Tracy Stone, M.S.

Faculty Instructor
(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.

Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers
Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers

Associate Professor
Room 335
(219) 473-4268

Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers obtained her Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Nuclear Neurochemistry from the University of Illinois. She has brought her Alzheimer’s disease research to Calumet College of St. Joseph and is utilizing various high-tech bio-analytical techniques and orthomolecular compounds to find a preventative. Her experience and passion include encouraging students to present their research findings at various conferences from around the nation to around the world (from Brazil to France) and currently, even as far as the International Space Station.

As a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Chimon-Rogers has successfully published three papers in the top rated scientific peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature and JACS. Her contributions have changed the way the scientific Alzheimer community thinks about the disease. The focus has shifted from the fibrils or plaques to the soluble intermediates. With this knowledge, she has implemented her learning/research techniques and made use of the resources at CCSJ to carry out research with her undergraduate students. Due to the increased activity of her students at CCSJ, her results are in the process of leading to an extremely large number of presentations and publications. These findings are on their way to being collected and compressed into a few manuscripts to be submitted to peer-reviewed scientific journals.

As a faculty member, Dr. Chimon-Rogers is a contributing member to the institution, one who gladly steps up to the plate to help develop and revise curriculum, and provide various opportunities of interest to her students. Student opportunities include making them aware of various concentrations that exist in science and research. She also takes that extra step and discusses with them the various types of careers that are available to them based on their area of interest.

Scientific service also entails encouraging female scholars to strengthen their passion in science and scientific careers/graduate school. As an active member of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), female scholars in the sciences are a minority. She strongly encourage ALL her students, especially the females scholars, to take full advantage of the various grants/scholarships and careers opportunities that present themselves (over 75% of my research students are women).

Dr. Chimon-Rogers’ idea of mentoring not only includes the above-mentioned aspects, but also entails providing a holistic mentoring for success, helping improve her students’ self-image by having them succeed at challenging tasks, become comfortable with the scientific background and discussing their research and scientific learning in a positive, effective manner. A new and innovative way to teach the science at CCSJ.

Lab & Equipment

We have well-equipped biology, chemistry and physics labs along with top-of-the-line instrumentation such as:

  • Ultra Violet/Visible Spectrometers
  • Infrared Spectrometers
  • Fourier Transform Infrared
  • Autoclaves
  • Inverted Microplate Reader
  • Lyophilizer
  • 96 Well Plate Reader
  • Analytical Balances
  • Visible Spectrometers
  • Cell Incubator
  • Sonic Dismembrator
  • -80 Fridge
  • Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Shakers
  • Bench Top Centrifuge
  • Vortex
  • Microvial Centrifuge
  • UV Trans Illuminator
  • Various Body Models
  • Adult and Child CPR
  • AED Trainer
  • Top of the Line Physics Experimental Kits


Biomedical Science (Bachelors of Science)

Career Options with this major include but are not limited to:

  • Work as a research scientist for petroleum based companies.
  • Work as a research scientist for pharmaceutical and Biotech company.
  • Work as a forensic scientist.
  • Work as a research scientist for a cosmetic company.
  • Work as a pharmaceutical sales representative.
  • Work as a medical science liaison.
  • Work as a scientific editor/journalist.
  • Preparation for application to graduate school, medical school, physical therapy school, occupational therapy school, nursing school, pharmacy school, veterinary medical school, and dental school.

Forensic Biotechnology (Bachelors of Science)

Career Options with this major include but are not limited to:

  • Crime scene investigation lab
  • Federal lab
  • State or local police crime lab
  • Work as a research scientist for pharmaceutical and Biotech company.
  • Work as a scientific editor/journalist.
  • Prepare for application to graduate school.
  • Become a biochemist or biomedical engineer.
  • Become a clinical research associate.
  • Become a quality control analyst
  • Become a senior research scientist.

Kinesiology (Bachelors of Science)

Career Options with this major include but are not limited to:

  • Work within the fields of corporate wellness
  • Work within the field of fitness training
  • Work within the field of clinical exercise physiology (i.e. cardiac rehabilitation)
  • Work within the research field
  • Work within the field of studying human performance
  • Prepare for application to graduate school in athletic training.
  • Work as a physical education instructor.
  • Work as a conditioning coach.
  • Work as a sports coach
  • Work as an exercise nutritionist or a representative for the nutrition industry.
  • Work as an owner of their own private practice or find occupation in fields that

Exercise and Sports Science (minor)

Career Options with this major include but are not limited to:

  • Fitness Industry: Fitness leader, personal trainer, fitness equipment, salesperson, or center manager.
  • Corporate/Employee Wellness: Wellness coordinator, exercise physiologist or fitness director.
  • University/College: Strength and conditioning coach, campus fitness director or laboratory coordinator.

Department Requirements

Incoming student applicants for all the majors within the Biophysical Chemistry and Mathematics Department will be required to have a 3.2 high school grade point average (GPA) and an ACT score of19 at a minimum or the consent of the program director. Incoming freshmen who do not meet the requirements for direct admission into the Biophysical Chemistry and Mathematics Department will have one academic year to meet the admission requirements. This approach will allow academically talented students who begin college without the proper academic background to demonstrate their potential and to retain eligibility into the department while academically becoming successful. Transfer students wishing to enter the biophysical chemistry department’s program shall maintain a 3.0 GPA in their science major classes and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or the consent of the program director.

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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