Professor Kristopher Koudelka’s interests lie at the molecular level. He teaches courses in biochemistry, genetics, general chemistry, and senior seminar. By giving students a firm foundation in how chemical structure gives a molecule function and reactivity, his students have the basis to understand any biological system. Prof. Koudelka's research centers on the chemical modification of plant and bacteria viruses for use as drug delivery vehicles. His students specifically engineer viral nanoparticles to efficiently transport drugs to sites of disease.
Prof. Koudelka came to Carthage in 2010 after two years at the University of San Diego, where he taught general chemistry, non-majors chemistry, and molecular biology. He completed his post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego, and earned his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in chemical biology from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. His Bachelor of Science degree came from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.