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  • John Jungck, Professor

    Biological Sciences and Mathematical Sciences
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716


    John R. Jungck is Director of the Dupont Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory at the University of Delaware. He is a tenured full professor of Biological Sciences and holds joint appointments in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Bioinformatics/ Computational Biology Program, and the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN). He is a national leader in biology education reform, a mathematical molecular evolutionary biologist, and a computer software developer of biological simulations, tools, and databases. His research interests are in mathematical and theoretical biology (bioinformatics, genetic codes, image analysis and simulation of patterns in nature, and evolutionary analysis of complex data sets), art and science, and interdisciplinary education.

    Dr Jungck is the former editor of four different journals: Biology International; BioQUEST Library; Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching; and the American Biology Teacher. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals including the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Evolutionary Bioinformatics, CBE Life Science Education, and the American Journal of Undergraduate Research.

    He is the immediate past vice president of the International Union of Biological Sciences, immediate past president of the IUBS Commission on Biology Education, former chairperson of the U. S. National Academy of Science’s National Committee of IUBS, former chairperson of the Education Committee of the Society for Mathematical Biology, and former president of the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE).

    His international commitments include long-term relations with NECTEC in Thailand, the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Evolution and Ecology in New Zealand, and BIOMAT – a consortium of primarily South American mathematical biologists. He is the founder of the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium (, and the principal investigator (PI) of several major funded initiatives: BEDROCK (Bioinformatics Education Dissemination: Reaching Out, Connecting, and Knitting-together), Cyberlearning at Community Colleges, the SELECTION Working Group of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), and of a subcontract for NUMB3R5 COUNT! (Numerical Undergraduate Mathematical Biology Education …) from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

    His service on numerous boards include NIMBioS (National Institute for Mathematical Biology Synthesis Center), CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning), EBICS (Emerging Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems – MIT, Georgia Tech, and the University of Illinois), and the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education. His awards/honors/offices include AAAS Fellow, Honorary Doctorate from the University of Minnesota, American Society for Cell Biology Bruce Alberts Award, American Institute of Biological Sciences Education Award, Honorary Life Membership in the Society for Integrative and Comparative EDUCOM Educational software and curriculum awards, Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, and a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand.



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