Cynthia Ochsner

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.S., Northern Michigan University 
M.S., Washington State University 
Ph.D., Washington State University 
Postdoc., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Programs: Chemistry

I am a northern girl raised in central Minnesota and the UP of Michigan. Loving the cold, snowy winter I went to Northern Michigan University and majored in biochemistry. As an undergraduate I spent six months studying British history and culture in the Duke of Northumberland’s castle, made famous as the setting for the Harry Potter movies. I also spent a summer in China.

Upon graduation I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I applied to and was accepted as the first graduate student in the new Master of Chemistry program at Northern Michigan University. This gave me my first experience as a teaching assistant. I loved teaching and decided to get a Ph.D. So I went off to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and earned my Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry at Washington State University working with Jim Schenk.

I continued my education with a three-year post doc in the physiology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working in the lab of Edwin Chapman. Eager to finally make some money, I took a job at a biotech company in Madison. After a year I decided it was time to teach. I came to St. Norbert College four years ago and love teaching. At St. Norbert College I teach biochemistry I and II and quantitative and instrumental analysis. I am married and have two daughters, Audrey and Violet. I love any outdoor activity.

Courses
CHEM 211 Quantitative Analysis 
CHEM 312 Instrumental Analysis 
CHEM 350 Biochemistry 1 
CHEM 351 Biochemistry 2