- Carthage College
Professor Dan Choffnes joined the Carthage faculty in 2006. He teaches classes in genetics, plant physiology, developmental biology, and experimental design. He also developed a course on the relationship between people and medicinal plants and guides a seminar on Chinese traditional medicine. Students interested in Asian agriculture and medicine might consider joining one of his J-term travel courses in China or Vietnam.
Dr. Choffnes supports an active research program that encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary questions of economic botany and ethnomedicine, domestically and abroad. Recent projects have been funded by grants from the Carthage College Summer Undergraduate Research Experience and ASIANetwork/Freeman Foundation.
To learn about the roles of plants in diverse cultures, Dr. Choffnes has traveled extensively in South America and Asia. He regularly visits China to conduct fieldwork on traditional medicine and plant-human interactions in Beijing and Fujian province.
Former students have been awarded Fulbright fellowships and National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships. They have pursued training in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and pharmacognosy, law, scientific research in biology and chemistry, medical anthropology, translation-interpretation and religion.
Students interested in participating in research are encouraged to contact Dr. Choffnes. Examples of recent projects include:
- “Traditional Medicine in Contemporary Beijing”
- “Characterization of Qi in Modern and Classical Traditional Chinese Medical Discourse”
- “Reinventing Tradition in the Chinese Tea Industry”
Professor Dan Choffnes joined the Carthage faculty in 2006. He teaches classes in genetics, plant physiology, developmental biology, and experimental design. He supports an active research program that encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary questions of economic botany and ethnomedicine, domestically and abroad.
Director of Student Fellowships; Associate Professor of Biology and Asian Studies
- Ph.D. — University of California-Berkeley
- B.S. — University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
- BIO 1100 Biodiversity and Evolution
- BIO 200T Topics in Biology: Medical Ethnobotany
- BIO 2400 Genetics
- BIO 3050 Plant Physiology
- BIO 4100 Experimental Design
- BIO 4120 Senior Seminar
- BIO 4310 Developmental Biology
Student Fellowships at Carthage