Major in Biology

Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Biology Faculty

The biology faculty of Utica College is noted not only for the quality of its teaching but also for the depth and breadth of its scholarship. Research conducted by faculty members involves students. These students earn research credit, gain valuable field and lab experience, and publish their research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This student research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Geographic Society, The Alden Trust, The Community Foundation, and the New York Energy and Development Authority. Many biology professors have been honored with the college's awards for distinguished teaching, research, or both.

Note: For a listing of adjunct faculty, click here >

Members of the biology faculty and their research interests are:

Mrs. Jessica G. Redmond , M.S.

Assistant Professor of Biology/Physiology & Nutrition

Jessica Redmond
Phone: (315) 792-3124
Office: UC Institutional Review Board
Academic Affairs


I received my undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where I double-majored in nutritional sciences and human development. In order to become a Registered Dietitian, I then completed a dietetic internship in Prescott, Arizona, which included rotations in Phoenix, Tucson, and on the Hopi Reservation. Following this, I began my nutrition career working at the Food Bank of Central New York as the CookShop Director and Nutrition Resource Manager. As my nutrition interests shifted more towards sports nutrition, I decided to attend graduate school, earning a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior, from George Washington University’s School of Public Health. During this time, I worked as an outpatient oncology dietitian at the Washington Cancer Institute.

Recognizing my desire to teach in a collegiate setting, I pursued a PhD in Science Education, through the Department of Exercise Science at Syracuse University. My dissertation research focused on fetal programming, which refers to the effect that the intra-uterine environment can have on your lifelong health status. Specifically, I am interested in how fetal programming impacts an individual's physical activity levels, dietary preferences, body composition, and various physiological variables. I hope to continue research in this area at Utica College. Separately, I also have research interests in sports nutrition and exercise during pregnancy.

I am actively involved in many professional dietetic organizations and currently serve as the secretary for the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group. In 2016 I was selected as the Emerging Dietetics Leader for the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and also earned the credential Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Outside of academics, I have experience providing one-on-one and group nutrition education to high school, college, and recreational athletes through my private practice, Major League Wellness. I also enjoy teaching fitness classes (yoga, Pilates, spinning).


Dr. Daniel Kurtz
Chair of Biology

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