Faculty Profile

John Henson

Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology (1989)

Contact Information

henson@dickinson.edu

West College (Old West) Room 8
717.245.1434
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/johnhenson

Bio

He teaches courses in cell biology, immunology, animal development, marine science, and health studies. His research program utilizes marine orgnisms as model experimental systems for studying basic aspects of cell structure and function, particularly how cells move, change shape, and divide.

Education

  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1979
  • M.S., Florida State University, 1983
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1989

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

BIOL 126 Infection vs. Immunity w/Lab
Given the variety and virulence of the hundreds of pathogens we are exposed to every day, it seems miraculous that any of us survives into adulthood. This course will consider the biology of pathogens and the immunological defense systems which help counteract them. Both a human-based and comparative approach will be employed. Lecture, discussion and lab segments will emphasize the application of knowledge, the interpretation of scientific and popular information, and the demystification of disease and immunity. Students finishing this course should have a new found appreciation of the molecular, genetic and cellular mechanisms underlying disease and defense. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.