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Su Li Lee recently finished her Psy.D. at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA.  She is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training at IPS.  You can visit her website here.

Su Li Lee graduated from AMU in 2006 with degrees in Biology and Philosophy and was the class valedictorian.

Students and Graduates

Joe Embry (2013) will be studying veterinary medicine at Texas A&M.  Joe was accepted into three schools of veterinary medicine.

David Hallenbeck (2013) was accepted into dental school at NYU.

Levi Embry (2012) is enrolled in Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Monica Walstein (2012), class valedictorian, is attending medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine.

Duy Nguyen (2012), finalist in the AMU President's award is attending medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine in England. 

Erica Derks (2012) is enrolled in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Maine.

Andrea Suazo (2012) is attending medical school at UNIBE Costa Rica school of medicine.

Mthabisi Moyo (2011) is pursuing his Ph.D at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Makandiwana Shoniwa (2011)
is pursuing her Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  She was accepted into medical school for the upcoming year.

Matthew Mullally (2011)
is attending the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

Josephine Vowels (2011)
is attending law school at the Catholic University of America.

Caroline Pierotti (2010) is studying nursing at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

William Guarno (2010) teaches high school science in Estero, Florida.

Andrew Mullally (2009) is attending the Michigan State College of Human Medicine MD program.   

Phillip Buckley(2009) is attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry starting in the fall.  He is a recipient of a prestigious  US Army Dental Health Professions Scholarship.

Dan Ade (2009) is attending Indiana School of Dentistry.

Laura Ascenzo (2009)
is an engineer at Newell Rubbermaid.

Anthony Jay(2008), is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry ay Boston University. 

Mary Selkey (2008) works at Allergan in Waco Texas.

Joreen Belocura (2008) attended AMU School of Law.

Rebecca Moses (2007) attended West Virginia School of Medicine.

Su Li Lee (2006), received her doctorate in clinical psychology and is currently a faculty member at IPS in Washington D.C.

Michelle Winter (2006) received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Kaitlyn Tutwiler (2006) received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Jacob Blanchard (2006) is finishing his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Western Michigan University.


Faculty dedicated to the total education of the student
Rigorous courses in the biological sciences
Modern, well equipped teaching and research labs

The best way to learn science is to do science.








The Biology major at Ave Maria University affords the student with a rigorous introduction to the biological sciences.  The department features a faculty that is broadly trained in different sub-disciplines in biology.  This breadth allows the student to design a distributed  biology curriculum, or to include an emphasis in environmental science, biochemistry, or molecular biology  

Broadly, our goal is to provide pre-professional training to those interested in pursuing graduate studies or embarking on a career in the biological or medical sciences.  While this is an important practical goal, we also recognize that the biological sciences are not simply technological disciplines, but are truly liberal arts with which we seek to know truth for its own sake.
 Fostering a proper appreciation of the role the sciences play in our understanding the world around us, while providing students with the practical skills for a future career is at the heart of our educational philosophy.  

The program faculty are dedicated teachers and scholars, each with their own independent research programs in areas ranging from ecological studies to molecular & cellular biology to mechanistic biochemistry.  Serious students are provided with the opportunity to participate in these research efforts alongside the faculty mentor.  The department is well equipped to handle the demanding needs of the teaching and research labs.  Students are exposed to hands-on experience and leading edge techniques in the biological sciences.

Please browse our website and see what opportunities are available to you in the biological sciences at Ave Maria University.  If you have any questions concerning our program, or would like to visit our labs, feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.

James A. Peliska, Ph.D.
Department of Biology and Chemistry

Contact:  William Guarno, Lab Coordinator



Department of Biology and Chemistry
Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria Boulevard
Ave Maria,  FL  34142