Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Northwestern University
Research Areas: Protein chemistry, physical biochemistry, biomolecular NMR, enzyme kinetics
Dr. Johanson, joined the Elmhurst faculty after spending a year teaching at Saint Xavier University in Chicago following the completion of her doctorate. Her research interests lie in the field of protein motions, protein function, and enzyme kinetics. Undergraduate students work with her on research projects related to mushroom tyrosinase and develop laboratories for freshman students about soap. In addition to her research, Dr. Johanson is passionate about developing programs to make science accessible for the public at large, continuing the work she started at the Marion Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. She has worked with Dare to Dream program introducing science to middle and high school aged Latina girls in the Chicagoland area. She teaches courses in biochemistry, spectroscopy and General/Organic/Biochemistry courses for prenursing students. She has also developed classes related to the chemistry of food for first year students, non-science majors and chemistry majors.
Dr. Johanson received her Ph.D.in Chemistry from Northwestern University and her B.S. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.