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Ryan Himes

School of Life and Health Sciences

Biological Sciences

Ph.D. (Cell and Molecular Physiology, 2015, Loyola University Chicago
B.S. (Biochemistry), 2006, Wheaton College

Dr. Himes joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2015. He teaches courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, as well as teaching in the Honors Program curriculum. His areas of interest include cardiac physiology, biochemistry and biophysics.

He recently represented the Biophysical Society at a lobbying effort in Washington, D.C., to increase federal funding for scientific research. “I'm interested in the field called ‘science policy,’” he says. “This is basically how science influences public policy-making.”

In 2015, Dr. Himes successfully competed for an American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowship with his project "Superinhibitory Phospholemman Mutants as Potential Therapeutics for Heart Failure." During his time at Loyola University Chicago, he co-authored several peer-reviewed publications. 

When he’s not in the classroom or lab, you are likely to find him listening to and playing music. In fact, he plays trombone, guitar and piano. He is an avid baseball fan and will be glad to tell you about his favorite team anytime. His denominational background is The Salvation Army.

He and his wife, Sarah — who is a nurse — have been married since 2008. They are the parents of Mallory and Briana.



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