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Karl Bishop, Ph.D.

Karl Bishop

Associate Professor, School of Science and Humanities


Karl Bishop graduated from high school in Ohio and moved west to attend college in the Rocky Mountains at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. Karl earned a double-major Bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics. After starting his graduate education in physics at the University of Maine, Karl moved to Syracuse, New York, where he earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics at Syracuse University. Karl then moved to San Francisco for a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of California. Upon completion of his academic training Karl has held a number of positions in industry and academia before returning to Maine to raise a family.

Karl has published articles in many scientific journals (Biochemistry, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, Nucleic Acids Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society) as well as several book chapters. His research program covers a broad range of topics ranging from nucleic acid structure and drug development to ceramic membranes used in sustainable energy development. A research program for undergraduates encompassing these areas is available in the Chemistry Program at Husson University in cooperation with Zeomatrix, LLC, a materials science company based in Orono, Maine. Karl is a co-founder of Zeomatrix and serves as its Chief Technical Officer. As the chemistry program at Husson University grows, summer internship opportunities will be available for students interested in a career in applying chemical principles to developing products for environmental remediation and alternative energy sources.

Personal Statement

Two of my favorite quotes are "Chance favors the prepared mind." by Louis Pasteur and "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." by Albert Einstein. These summarize my philosophy in my teaching and my research. I try to encourage my students to keep trying, keep preparing, and keep studying. My hope is that some of my enthusiasm for science and discovery is passed along to my students. I believe that when we stop learning, we stop growing. If we stop growing, we stop living.