Mark Asnicar, MS, PhD
Dr. Mark Asnicar took a circuitous route to join the faculty at IWU in 2007. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Anderson University and soon thereafter entered the St. John’s School of Medical Technology. After successfully completing his training and earning his certification, he worked as a Medical Technologist in an ASCP-Certified clinical laboratory in Anderson, IN for 10 years. During the last two years of this experience he went back to graduate school at IUPUI and eventually attained a Master’s Degree and then a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology. Next, it was on to two Postdoctoral Fellowships; one 4-year position at Eli Lilly and Co. in the Endocrinology Division performing gene targeting and phenotype analysis of genetically altered mice; and one 5-year position at the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas coordinating the Director’s laboratory. At IWU, he teaches anatomy and physiology to students in pre-allied health programs, and Principles of Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Endocrinology, and Histology to science majors. The addition of Ott Hall of Science and Nursing to the IWU campus provided space specifically designed for housing mice and Dr. Asnicar is just launching his research using these mammalian models. He will be mentoring students as they investigate the activity of insulin secretagogues on insulin release during glucose challenges. Additionally his research group intends to further investigate the phenotype of the targeted mice he generated at Eli Lilly and Co.