Biological Sciences

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Ph.D., 2016, University of Georgia
M.S., 2012, Texas A&M University
B.S., 2009, Pepperdine University
Associate Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Ph.D., 2012, Capella University
M.Ed., 1988, University of Florida
B.S.Ed., 1982, University of Florida
A.A., 1980, Edison State College

As a full-time professor and mother of four, Dr. Veld enjoys identifying teaching strategies that affect students' perception of biology to life. She is passionate about combining learning styles and current effective teaching strategies with her love for biology. She artfully blends her love for Olivet's students and the gift of life that God gave us to celebrate.

With more than 25 years of teaching experience, Dr. Veld teaches biological connections with everyday life. Courses include: general biological science, lecture and lab; and anatomy and physiology labs. She also serves as an advisor for biology and zoology majors.

She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and is the faculty sponsor for the student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association and the Equestrian club.

In her leisure time, she enjoys exercising, bicycling, cooking, gardening, the arts and watching the Chicago Blackhawks win! Travel is at the top of her agenda, trumped only by the arrival of her first grandchild in July 2013.

Dr. Veld has two sons, Noah and Jonah; two daughters, Naomi and Emma; and five grandchildren. They never never play practical jokes on anyone, without including her — it's a family rule.

Associate Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Post-doctoral studies (cardiovascular disease), The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. (Pathobiology), 2010, The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. (Biology), 2002, Calvin College

Dr. Sharda brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of tumor immunology and ischemia/reperfusion injury to Olivet's Department of Biological Sciences. He currently teaches biology, medical terminology, physiology and biology research courses.

His extensive background in biological research includes seven years in tumor immunology while earning his doctoral degree in pathobiology in the field of tumor immunology and three years in cardiovascular disease as part of his post-doctoral studies.

Dr. Sharda has co-authored several publications that have been published in Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods, The Journal of Immunology, and Journal of Virology.

One of his greatest intellectual pleasures is engaging in dialog that bridges faith and the sciences. In recent years, he has also pursued his interest in nutrition and the role it plays in numerous social justice issues, ranging from economic inequity to climate change.

When not in the classroom or lab, Dr. Sharda enjoys playing sports, especially Ultimate Frisbee and tennis. You may even see him at local Ultimate pick-up games on a fairly regular basis.

He and his wife, Jori, are the parents of son, Isaiah, and daughters, Acacia and Eliana. As a dad, he loves playing, being silly and telling stories with his children.

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Ph.D., 2016, University of Minnesota
M.A. (Higher Education and Student Development), 2009, Taylor University
B.S., 2006, Messiah College

Dr. Rosenberger joined Olivet's full-time faculty in 2016 and helps coordinate the Zoology program at ONU. He teaches courses in Invertebrate Zoology, Animal Behavior, Ornithology and Tropical and Arctic Field Studies. His research specialization is in conversation biology and the effects of food, habitat and environment on animal populations and community composition.

Dr. Rosenberger has worked in higher education since 2007 and has worked and taught courses at several universities. He also served as the Director of a creation care study abroad program in Belize, Central America, where he lived for several years. Dr. Rosenberger most enjoys getting students outside into the field and teaches field studies courses each summer, generally to the lowland and montane cloud forests of Cost Rica or the boreal forest and tundra of Alaska.

Many ONU Zoology students have worked in Dr. Rosenberger's lab on research projects including characterization of bumble bee communities and habitats in the Grand Prairie region, studying bark beetles communities in the critically endangered savannas of Illinois and the montane cloud forests of Costa Rica, and studying the habitat needs of declining woodpeckers. Dr. Rosenberger and his students have won awards for their research at regional and national conferences. They have also undertaken a tall grass prairie habitat restoration on Olivet's campus seeking to be agents of reconciliation with creation. 

Dr. Rosenberger has published numerous papers and presented at many regional, national and international meeting on the effects of new host plants on the behavior and ecophysiology of the mountain pine beetle in the Black Hills of South Dakota, on pedagogy and on the integration of faith and science, in addition to his more recent work. For more information on Dr. Rosenberger's research, check out the lab website.

Outside the university, Dr. Rosenberger enjoys birding and traveling with his family. He also loves reading books to his children, gardening and nature photography.

Dr. Rosenberger is married to Ashley Rosenberger, the Director of Missions at Olivet. They are the parents of three young boys, Isaac, Nehemiah, and Levi who love catching frogs, fish, bumble bees, salamanders or anything else they can find on their adventures!

Chair of Biological Sciences and Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Surgery Residency, 1983, Michigan State University at Grand Rapids
M.D., 1978, Indiana University School of Medicine
B.A., 1974, Indiana University at Bloomington

Dr. Michael Pyle is a board certified general surgeon who, in 2008, accepted an invitation to teach in Biology and currently serves as chair of the department. He continues to do surgery on a part-time basis and enjoys involving students on those occasions.

With the family in tow, he served the Church of the Nazarene for four years as a medical missionary to Swaziland in the late 80's and early 90's. He also covered short term needs in Haiti, Rwanda, Nepal, Uganda and Papua New Guinea. Since 2010 he and Nancy have taken teams of ONU nursing and pre-medical students to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea or Restoration Gateway in Uganda. Those trips combine service projects with observation time in the hospital and clinics.

Dr. Pyle established a new course in human anatomy using human donors. He also developed a relationship with Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, through which students shadow medical and dental practitioners. In 2013, this program won a national award for excellence from the American Hospital Association. In addition to Human Anatomy, he instructs Neurobiology Seminar Human Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology.

Dr. Pyle enjoys nurturing community partners and uses local experts as occasional guest instructors. He attends conferences at Riverside Hospital and enjoys an excellent relationship with the Osteopathic residency program which yearly offers mock medical school interviews to ONU students.

Through the biology club, Biophilic, he has helped establish a yearly campus bone marrow registration drive (Be The Match) and a Science Career Night.

Before coming to Olivet, Dr. Pyle served worked for 10 years as associate pastor and pastoral assistant at Parkside Church of the Nazarene in Avon, Indiana. He also served on the ONU Board of Trustees for five years prior to joining the faculty.

He married Nancy in 1979 after they came face to face during hospital rounds. Nancy earned her R.N. degree from Ball State University in 1978. In 2011, she completed a Master in Nursing Education degree at Olivet and is currently the director of campus traditional nursing track.

The Pyles are the parents of three children, Matt, Nathan and Katie — all ONU graduates. They immensely enjoy their latest assignment as grandparents! Laura Leigh and Lauryn Elizabeth arrived in 2012. Austin Mark and Easton James joined the posse in 2014 followed by Emma Kathryn in 2016. In 2017, the merry band expanded with the addition of Mykena Marie and Micah Anthony!

School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Ph.D., 1989, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
B.S., 1984, Olivet Nazarene University

At ONU since 1995, Dr. Long teaches toxicology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and research in biology. 

Dr. Long involves students in research in many different ways. Research is an integral part of many classes he teaches, including the research in biology course. Dr. Long also works with qualified juniors and seniors in Olivet's summer undergraduate research program, and serves as a research mentor for biology or biochemistry students in the university honors program. 

His personal research interests have included enzyme and protein chemistry and cell biology. He is currently interested in cell growth processes and understanding the role of these processes in the development of cancer. Recent work, with honors students, has involved manipulation of some of these processes by drug treatment or gene editing (utilizing CRISPR-Cas9 methods) of cells grown in culture. 

Dr. Long conducted research to determine the cellular mechanisms of lead and cadmium poisoning at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. for six years. He has numerous scientific publications from this work.

Faculty sponsor for the biology club, Biophilic, Dr. Long participates with students and other faculty in several events each year. Some of these include; bone marrow donor drives, Graduate school preparation seminars, Career/Graduate school fairs, and various social events for the biology majors at Olivet.

A year-round bicycle commuter, Dr. Long also enjoys computer programming, robotics, self-supported bicycle touring and playing the euphonium.

He and his wife, Meda, are the parents of three grown children. All three are college or graduate school graduates. Two of them are currently majoring in biology-related careers.

School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
D.A., 1983, Idaho State University
M.S., 1982, Idaho State University
B.A., 1976, Trinity College

A professor at Olivet since 1986, Dr. Johnson studied jackrabbits as part of his M.S. degree program in zoology/ecology at Idaho State University. For his Doctor of Arts degree, also from ISU, he focused on biology and teaching at the college level.

Dr. Johnson teaches botany, ecology, anatomy and physiology, environmental science and advanced botany. He is committed to helping students learn the amazing content of biology. He also works to encourage students in their faith by showing them the handiwork of God. His goal as a professor is to develop science professionals who are well-prepared for life, work and future education.

One of Dr. Johnson's greatest joys is providing his students with hands-on experiences — natural sites in Ill. and Ind., Costa Rica, Alaska. He is also the faculty sponsor for Going Green, the student environmental club.

Along with nine other science educators from across the U.S., Dr. Johnson studied conservation biology at Tiputini Field Station in the Amazon Basin. His work produced curricular materials for science teachers in secondary education.

Dr. Johnson and his wife, Peggy, not surprisingly, are lovers of outdoor activities and they have been blessed with three sons, all dedicated to biology. In 1994, he was chosen as Olivet's Faculty Member of the Year.

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