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Virtual Advisor

Mark Osterlund

Contact Information

Associate Professor, Biology
B.S. Clemson University
M.Phil., M.S., Ph.D. Yale University
Phone: 406.238.7382
Office: Bair Science Center 101C

Mark Osterlund


Dr. Osterlund attended Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., where he earned a bachelor's of science degree in biological sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology in 2000 from Yale University, concentrating his research on seedling development in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Following graduate school, Dr. Osterlund was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., where he studied the movement of unique pieces of DNA called transposable elements. In 2004, he began working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Quantico, Va., developing molecular techniques for their forensics and counterterrorism unit. Dr. Osterlund began teaching at Rocky Mountain College in 2008. 

Courses Taught

  • BIO 111: General Biology I
  • BIO 143: Introduction to Research I
  • BIO 203: Genetics
  • BIO 344: Molecular Genetics
  • Genetics for the Master Physician Assistant Studies Program