Mary Christine Huber


Associate Professor of Biology

PhD, Plant Patholoty, University of Missouri
MS, Science Education, Indiana University

Courses Taught

BIOL 209, Cell Biology
BIOL 304, Principles of Genetics
BIOL 210, Introduction to Scientific Techniques
BIOL 326, Seminar: Inorganic, Organic, and Cultural Evolution
BIOL 407, Molecular Genetics
GSCI 104, Biology and the Natural World
GSCI 108, Environment of Planet Earth.


Lab Manuals for GSCI 104, BIOL 120, and BIOL 210.

Additional Info

As a scientist I am interested in cellular biology, molecular genetics, botany, and ecology. My doctoral degree is from the University of Missouri in Plant Pathology, which includes information not only on plant pathogens, but also the interaction of microbes with plants. To this end I worked with soybeans and its microsymbiont, Bradyrhizobium japonicum, a nitrogen fixing bacteria. The topic of my dissertation was an electron microscopic study of effective and ineffective strains of B. japonicum in root nodulation and nitrogen fixation. Finding effective strains of nitrogen-fixing bacteria is important in that nitrogen fertilizer, which has detrimental effects on the environment, can be limited in use for agriculture.

Another role that I have at Holy Family is that of being the advisor for students aspiring to our Medical Technology program,in which the clinical year is at St. Christopher's Hospital.

Before I completed my graduate work in biology and plant pathology, I taught science in the elementary and middle school levels for fifteen years. I also have a Master's Degree in Science Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. I still maintain an interest in this area, as well as development of effective strategies of teaching at the college level. To this end I have written several laboratory manuals for the classes I teach.

I also am a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and served as the Formation Director for the St. Katharine Drexel region for five years. Being a Franciscan is very compatible with my interest in the environment, as St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Ecology. This also fits in with my role at Holy Family University as chair of the Committee on the Environment.

Mary Christine Huber
Office: HFH 406D
Phone: 267-341-3268