Stephen Gallik





Stephen Gallik, Ph. D.
Professor of Biology
331 Jepson Science Center
University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Office: (540) 654-1419

Education and Training

I received my Ph. D. from The Pennsylvania State University. My dissertation research was a study of the effect of experimentally-induced diabetes mellitus on aortic histamine metabloism. After receiving my degree, I took an Instructor position at the University of Lousiville School of Medicine, where I team-taught human / mammalian physiology. I then moved on to Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, to pursue post-doctoral research work on endothelial cell-leukocyte interaction. I accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mary Washington College in August, 1987. I was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1992, and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2003.


I teach three courses in the biology major prgram: Cell Biology (Biol 211), Histology (Biol 331), and the Biology and Biochemistry of Proteins (Biol 443).

Cell Biology is an introduction to the structure and function of the cell (with lab). I’ve taught the course for 20 years. Over that period, the course has undergone changes in content, lab activities and enrollment. Just recently, I introduced an experimental on-line laboratory manual in the laboratory portion of my sections of the course.

Histology is a study of the structure and function of mammalian / human tissues. In other words, it is a study of tissue anatomy and physiology. The course is an undergraduate version of the histology courses taught in medical and dental schools. The laboratory portion of the course involves the classic microscopic study of tissue slides. The lab employs an online laboratory manual I first implemented in the Sporing of 2000. Implementation of the manual made the laboratory portion of this course completely dependent on this full-featured on-line digital resource to guide students through their traditional microscope-based study of the structure of animal tissues. Implementation of the manual also spawned a number of other firsts for this course. This course was the first at UMW in which seach student used a labtop computer in lab and the course was the first to test the use of a wireless network in a working teaching lab.

Biology and Biochemistry of Proteins is a new course. First taught in 2004 as an experimental topics course, the course was first taught as a permanent part of the major curriculum in the Spring of 2007.

 Development of Web-based Instructional Tools

I am active in the development of web-based instructional materials. His current biological research interests are blood, blood flow, and biomechanics. He is currently concentrating his research efforts on the study of the kinetics of osmotically-induced hemolysis.