Maren Blohm, Ph.D.
Maren Blohm, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, teaches genetics, botany, and plant physiology in her courses, where she encourages her students to ask research questions. Blohm, who grew up in Orem, Utah, has taught at Loyola since 2006. Blohm earned her bachelor’s degree in biology education with an emphasis on botany from Brigham Young University and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from the University of Arizona. Her scholarship and research focus on how plants respond to stress, such as water availability and water quality, and environmental stresses including heavy metals and herbal supplements. Blohm enjoys the smaller class size at Loyola, which allows her to really get to know her students, and she believes the liberal arts experience helps them develop human connections to their biology education. Her favorite time of the academic year is during the undergraduate scholarship and research symposium, because she enjoys helping students prepare for their presentations and becoming familiar with what other students on campus are working on.
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Unlike a big research university, every faculty member in the biology department at Loyola is invested in both teaching and research, which work to strengthen each other.