Patrick A. Thorpe, Ph.D.


Professor of Biology and CMB

3390J KHS

Phone: (616) 331-2470 

Email: [email protected]


B.S. (Biology, summa cum laude) Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas

M.S. (Biology) University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas

Ph.D. (Biology) University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah


Courses Taught:

BIO 120 (Introductory Biology)

BIO 311 (Biological Basis of Biology)

BIO 405 (Cell and Molecular Biology)

BIO 406 (Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory)

BIO 414 (Molecular Biology of the Gene)

BIO 495 (Evolutionary Biology)

CMB 506 (Advanced Molecular Biology)

PSM 650 (Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Science)


Research Interests:

I am interested in the evolution of genes and also their effect on the evolution of behavior. With my colleague in the Biology Department (Professor M. Lombardo) my students and I have been using DGGE technology to look at the effect of microbial communities on behavior in Tree Swallows ( Tachycineta bicolor).

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