Matthew Schau

Matthew Schau
Professor of Biology

At North Park since: 2004

Dr. Matthew Schau’s own undergraduate experience at a small liberal arts college formed his desire to teach at one too. At North Park, he enjoys getting to know his students and engaging with them in and out of the classroom and laboratory. “Helping these students accomplish their goals is very rewarding,” he said.

Dr. Schau helps students in different ways. Through his collaborative research with Dr. Drew Rholl and Dr. Jeffrey Nelson that focuses on using molecular techniques to detect and characterize tick-borne disease, he boosted the undergraduate research program to increase the number of students who participate. Since then he has seen students in his lab present posters at the American Society for Microbiology National Conference, land undergraduate research positions in other labs, and gain acceptance into various graduate programs.

In his classes, he uses media articles to engage students in conversations about the ethics of new technologies in the genetics and molecular biology fields. “My hope is to give them both a fundamental understanding of the problem and a sense of how their own faith can help them in addressing these questions,” he says.

Dr. Schau is a member of the American Society for Microbiology.


  • PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BA, Biology, Carthage College

Recent Publications

  • A. Puri-Taneja, M. Schau, Y. Chen, F.M. Hulett. "Regulators of the Bacillus subtilis cydABCD Operon: Identification of a Negative Regulator, CcpA, and a Positive Regulator, ResD." Journal of Bacteriology vol 189 (2007): 3348-3358.
  • M. Schau, A. Eldakak, and F.M. Hulett. "Terminal Oxidases Are Essential to Bypass the Requirement for ResD for Full Pho Induction in Bacillus subtilis." Journal of Bacteriology vol 186 (2004): 8424-8432.