Biology

Dr. David H. Much, Professor of Biology

A.B. Biology 
Temple University

M.S. Medical Microbiology 
Jefferson Medical College

Ph.D. Medical Microbiology 
Jefferson Medical College

NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow in Immunology 
New York University Medical School

 
Biology Department Faculty

224 Shankweiler
Telephone 484-664-3256
Fax 484-664-3002
E-Mail: much@muhlenberg.edu

Mailing Address:
Biology Department
Muhlenberg College
2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18104
 

 

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COURSES TAUGHT:

Microbiology 225

The morphology, physiology, and genetics of bacteria as well as the structure and replication of viruses are studied. The laboratories stress aseptic technique, microscopic observation, bacterial physiology, and identification of unknowns. Three class hours plus three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Bio 152 or permission of the instructor.

Review 2 Review 3 Review 4

Bacterial Meningitis

Immunology 335

The study of the immune system and its role in maintaining the physiological integrity of multicellular organisms against infection, malignancy and transplantation. Specifically, the following concepts are studied: structure and function of antibodies and antigens, biology of lymphocytes and their interaction, immunoregulation, and immunopathology.  Three class hours plus two recitation hours per week. Prerequisites: Biology 152 and any 200 level course..

From Bubonic Plague to AIDS - A History of Infectious Disease 109

Infectious disease has and continues to have a profound influence on man and his environment. Bubonic plague, smallpox, syphilis, typhus, polio, malaria, TB and AIDS will be studied as specific examples of infectious diseases. The biology of the microbes involved, their epidemiology, resulting pathology and control will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the historical, political and social consequences of the infectious disease. A Muhlenberg's Scholar Seminar.
 

Medical Microbiology 326

The relationship of microorganisms to human disease. Concepts of pathogenesis, oncogenesis, chemotherapy, epidemiology and diagnosis are presented. The laboratories stress aseptic technique, microscopic observation, and the biochemical and serological identification of medical unknowns. Three class hours plus three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Biology 225.
 

Publications:

  • Much, D.H. and J. Martin. 2001. Health and Education Outreach Project for Pennsylvania Migrant Farm Workers. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science.  Vol. 75.
  • Much, D.H., J. Martin and I. Gepner. Incidence of Tuberculosis among Migrant Farm Workers in Pennsylvania. 2000. Journal of Immigrant Health.  Vol 2, No. 1.
  • Much, D.H. and J. Martin. Proyecto GUA-PA. Videotape. 1995.
  • Much, D.H. and J. Martin. Enfermedades Vigilentes. Videotape. 1995
  • Binational Migrant Health Task Force. 1996. "Binational Health Care for Migrants: The Health Data Exchange Pilot Project and the Binational Health Data Transfer System" in Children of La Frontera: Binational Efforts to Serve Mexican Migrant and Immigrant Students, ed. Judith Flores and published by ERIC and the U.S. Department of Education. ISBN: 1-880785-12-9.
  • Much, D.H. and J. Martin. 1994. Relationship Between Substance Abuse and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 68(3):146-147.
  • Much, D.H. and J. Martin. 1992. The Use of Dual Therapy to Treat Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Infections. May, 1992, Vol. 95, No 2.
  • Much, D.H. and J. Martin. 1992. Dual Therapy for the Treatment of Gonorrhea and its Effect on the Incidence of Chlamydiatrachomatis Urogenital Infection in a Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic Population. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 66(1):18-20.
  • Much, D.H., and S. Yeh. 1991. The Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in Prenatal Woman and its Association with Neonatal Infection. Public Health Reports. 106:490-493.
  • Much, D.H., and J. Martin. 1988. Sexually Transmitted Diseases In Prison Woman. Pennsylvania Medicine. 91:40-42.
  • Martin, J. and D.H. Much. 1988. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Women Inmates: Recommendations for Better Health Care. Correct Care. 2:2.
  • Much, D.H. 1987. A Comparative Study of Neisseria gonorrhea, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Ureaplasma urealyticum isolated from a Sexually Active Population. Proc. Pa. Acad. of Sci. 61:44-46.
  • Much, D.H., W. Hilliard, and S. Yeh. 1987. The Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in Prenatal Woman. Soc. of Perinatal Obstetricians. Seventh Annual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Abstract # 372.

TOP TEN REASONS TO STUDY MICROBIOLOGY

10. Methane production

9. Contamination of food and petroleum

8. Food production: dairy products (cheese, yogurt and buttermilk); sauerkraut, pickles, some sausages; baked goods,   alcoholic beverages, fructose, aspartame and citric acid

7. Biological warfare

6. Genetic engineering

5. Ruminant digestion in cattle and sheep - no bacteria, no cattle or sheep

4. Plant and animal diseases

3. Nitrogen fixation, oxygen production and the geo-chemical recycling

2. The only example of procaryotes

1. Human diseases:

colds, flu, pneumonia; AIDS; cancers; food-poisoning

World annual mortality in millions:

All infectious diseases (mostly children)     over 20

Respiratory tract infections                         4

Diarrheal infections                                     2

TB                                                             3

AIDS                                                         2-3

Malaria                                                       2-3

Hepatitis                                                     2

Measles                                                     1.5

Last Update: 10/22/02