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Associate Professor of Biology
PhD - Biochemistry - University of North Dakota School of Medicine
BS - Biochemistry - University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Dr. Thomas Wiese teaches chemistry and biology courses at the college, in addition to responsibilities to other areas of the University. After completing his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, he graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 1990. Prior to joining Ottawa University he held positions in the Pathology Department at Washington University School of Medicine and Internal Medicine Department at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He taught for 19 years at Fort Hays State University where he was a tenured Professor of Chemistry.
Dr. Wiese’s primary research interest is in the metabolism of L-fucose. In his career he has received nearly one million dollars in funding from both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). He has worked with more than
65 undergraduate and high school students as well as chairing two graduate student committees. He and his students have authored 27 abstracts, 14 full length manuscripts and one book chapter.
A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Wiese has also lived in North Dakota, Missouri and Iowa before landing in Kansas. In his spare time he enjoys walks with his wife and golden retriever. He has a variety of hobbies including woodworking, gardening, leather work and reading. Professionally he is involved with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Chemical Society, where he has held a number of leadership positions.