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  • Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Eastern Mennonite University

Academic Programs

  • BS Biology

Assistant Professor of Biology


Dr. Shank was born and raised in Mechanicsburg, PA. He attended Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, majoring in biochemistry and minoring in mathematics. Dr. Shank was a graduate student at the University of Virginia, where his dissertation research focused on the mechanisms of transport of the androgen receptor across the nuclear envelope in mammalian cells.

He taught in the chemistry department of Greenville College (Illinois) before moving to Louisiana College in 2010, where he teaches freshman biology, genetics, and biochemistry.

Dr. Shank is fascinated by the tremendous complexity observed at the molecular level within the cells of living organisms. Whether in the three-dimensional structures of polypeptide chains, the precise complementarity of the molecular players involved in transcription and protein translation, or the fascinating array of ordered chemical reactions needed for catabolism within human cells, the molecules of living organisms display engineering and synchrony that attests to the supreme genius and majesty of our Creator.  Dr. Shank counts it a privilege to interact with these topics as part of his daily work.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Shank enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Leanne, and their three children. He also enjoys reading, listening to music (classical, choral, and Christian rock and rap), and following professional sports (Go, Steelers!). Most important to him is seeking to follow Jesus Christ, without Whom “was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3).

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Biology (BI 101-102)
  • Principles of Biology (BI 113-114)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (BI 234)
  • Genetics (BI 311)
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BI 421-422)