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Dustin Buntrock

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484A Burrill Hall


I was born and raised in a small town in central Wisconsin where my father and grandfather still run the family farm raising cattle. I may not look the part anymore, but I've been driving tractors, milking cows, and birthing calves for more of my life than I've been pipetting at the bench. I graduated with my Bachelor's of Science in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and I taught middle and high school science in rural Wisconsin at Iola-Scandinavia Middle and High School. Before applying for graduate school, I took a few more classes at Stevens Point to finish up a Biochemistry degree before applying and being accepted into the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate program at the University of Illinois where I've been since the summer of 2017.


2015: BS in Natural Sciences: Life Option, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

2017: BS in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

2019: MS in Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Professor Satish Nair

Awards and Honors

UIUC Teacher Rated as Excellent by Students: Summer 2023, Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2021, Spring 2020

2019 Switzer Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Courses Taught

BIOC 455: Techniques in Biochemistry and Biotechnology; SP20, SP21, SP22, SP23, FA23

MCB 450: Introductory Biochemistry; SU20, SU21, SU22, SU23

MCB 297: Honors Discussion; SP21, FA21, SP22, FA22, SP23, FA23

MCB 354: Biochemical and Physical Basis of Life; FA22

MCB 199: Biology Engagement; FA22