Dr. Elizabeth Heeg ’01 Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Northwestern University
B.A., Northwestern College
Dr. Heeg completed her Ph.D. in the department of BMBCB (biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology) at Northwestern University. She has published several articles in journals such as Current Biology and Developmental Biology.
As a graduate student, Elizabeth received training grants from the National Institutes of Health for her research. She was also a teaching assistant at Northwestern University, earning the 2003 Teaching Assistant of the Year Award. Her dedication to education continues and she was recognized as Northwestern College's Teaching Excellence Award winner in 2010.
As a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Pre-Health professions (NAAHP) and having advised pre-med majors for over 12 years, Dr. Heeg has paired with AptarePrep to create an affordable MCAT preparation software. This software is unique to other prep materials that are commercially available in that it gives students feedback on their progress and is designed to build their confidence through a practice-based learning software system. To learn more about AptarePrep, use the following link https://www.aptareprep.com/MCAT. Northwestern College pre-medical students are able to access this software for free when working with Dr. Heeg.
Other research that Dr. Heeg is working on or has participated in includes 1) utilizing PCR to identify phage cluster members early on in the SEAPHAGES process, 2) collaboration with the University of Iowa to investigate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in northwest Iowa. The study was being funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; 3) examining the presence of MRSA in athlete and non-athlete populations on campus; 4) examining water metabolism in two rat lines that have been selectively bred for low renin and high renin activity; and 5) utilizing PCR as a Possible Means for Sex Determination of Eastern Redcedar (*Juniperus virginiana*).
A study of the morphology and physiology of microorganisms with special emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Those organisms that have an economic or medical importance will be highlighted, and basic laboratory techniques will be stressed.Prerequisites: BIO115, 116 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112.(4 credits)
- Special Topics
Courses and topics which are of special interest to faculty and students but which are not offered on a regular basis may be assigned this number. Examples of such offerings would be developmental biology, cardiovascular physiology and virology. Extended field trips for which credit is offered also fall into this category. Prerequisites: appropriate 200-level biology courses. (2-4 credits; non-yearly, consult department)
AAMC Advisor – Association of American Medical Colleges
NAAHP -- National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
CAAHP -- Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
AAS – American Association for the Advancement of Science
NABT -- National Association of Biology Teachers
Faculty Advisor for Future Physicians Club.
Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 2010
Teaching Assistant of the Year, Northwestern University, 2003