Faculty Spotlight: Kathy LePard
Ph.D., Program Director, Biomedical Sciences
- IL - Downers Grove
Years at Midwestern University:
I have been on the faculty at Midwestern University since May 1999.
What are your research interests?
My lab is interested in characterizing the changes in pancreatic beta cell glucose sensitivity, as individuals progress from prediabetes to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. The goal of the lab is to identify potential new strategies to delay or prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
What is the most rewarding part of being a member of the Midwestern University faculty?
Being part of a team of faculty, staff, and administration whose common goal is the academic and professional development of students in their careers.
How do you engage students in the learning process?
Asking questions and having robust conversations about course content. Providing students with opportunities to organize and synthesize information to promote their understanding of how organ systems function in health and disease.
What do you hope students learn from your classes?
How to think their way through challenging or complex scientific problems or clinical cases. How to effectively and concisely communicate scientific and healthcare information to their patients and peers.
What lessons would you like students to take with them in their professional careers?
To use trustworthy sources of scientific and clinical information to stay current in their field. To have comprehensive and accurate knowledge about a clinical condition or disease process so they can clearly and concisely explain it to their patients using terms they will understand.
What about your profession should people know more about?
Faculty are dedicated to helping students learn how to learn.