Dr. Chantal Koechli Named Assistant Professor of Biology at USciences

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on October 1, 2019

Chantal KoechliChantal Koechli, PhD, has been named assistant professor of biology at University of the Sciences. She comes to USciences with experience as a microbiologist studying the impact of land management on microbial communities.

Dr. Koechli’s research is focused on understanding the role of soil microbial communities in carbon cycling. Differences in soil carbon cycling can impact soil fertility, as well as greenhouse gas emissions from soils.

Dr. Koechli will teach microbiology-related courses, including Microbial Sciences and Microbial Physiology. She is an advocate and practitioner of student-centered and inquiry-driven learning.

Dr. Koechli worked previously as a quality assurance microbiologist at Northstar Medical Radioisotopes, a private company in Beloit, Wisconsin, that specializes in nuclear medical technology. 

She has previous experience as a visiting assistant professor of biology at Beloit College  and adjunct lecturer in the department of biology at the State College of New York Cortland. Dr. Koechli has been published in various microbiology journals, including Environmental Microbiology and Soil Biology and Biochemistry.

Dr. Koechli earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the College of Wooster and a PhD in microbiology from Cornell University. Dr. Koechli is a resident of Stratford, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband David Flannelly.

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