Dr. Allan Ayella Ph.D.Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., Biochemistry/Chemistry, Makerere University, 2001
M.S., Grain Science (Grain Protein Chemistry), Kansas State University, 2004
Ph.D., Human Nutrition (Genetic Engineering/Phytochemicals), Kansas State University, 2007
Dr. Ayella began teaching for McPherson College in 2007 after spending five years as a Graduate Student Researcher at Kansas State University.
Dr. Ayella currently teaches courses in Biochemistry, Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Nutrition. Dr. Ayella is also involved in student and professional scholarly research opportunities. Dr. Ayella is also a Rotarian and serves as an advisor to the McPherson College Rotaract Club. Dr. Ayella is also involved in Service-Learning and was named the 2012-2013 Kansas Compact Fellow. Dr. Ayella continues to serve the college in different campus-wide committees.
Dr. Ayella is married to Julia, and they have two sons aged five and seven and a daughter who is currently one year old.
Dr. Allan Ayella
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: Melhorn 211
Office Phone: 620-242-0554
Cell Phone: 620-386-6292
ADVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES – WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME
- Advise you about your academic program, your co-curricular activities, and your post-graduate plans
- Assist you in completion of a four-year plan and enrollment
- Have Advising appointment sign-up sheet posted on my door during the advising period.
- Serve as an interpreter of college regulations and academic requirements
- Act as a referral service for academic or personal issues that may arise
- E-mail or phone calls if you are on academic probation
- Response within 24 – 48 hours if you e-mail, call me or text me.
- Delayed response after 6:00pm. If life threatening, please contact your on-campus assistance immediately.
ADVISEE RESPONSIBILITIES – WHAT YOU ARE EXPECTED TO DO
- Schedule regular appointments with me during the semester (at least once each semester). I expect you to show up.
- Come prepared for enrollment appointment by having completed your course selection online
- Come prepared to each appointment with questions or material for discussion
- Ask questions if you do not understand an advising issue or concern
- Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals
- Organize official documents that enables you to access them when needed
- Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures by being familiar with college catalog
- Accept responsibility for decisions
- Set an appointment with the Registrar both junior and senior year to determine progress toward graduation.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Biochemistry advisor, Health science advisor and Biology advisor
I have over 10yrs experience in advising students going into medical school, pharmacy school, veterinary school and any of the allied health professions. I also teach both biochemistry and biology courses. My bachelors is in biochemistry and chemistry, my masters in protein chemistry and my PhD is in human nutrition. My PhD thesis was more towards biochemistry and biology (genetic engineering) and less towards human nutrition. I teach all the health related courses. Those include medical terminology, human anatomy, human physiology and pathophysiology.
EXPERIENCES AND HOBBIES
- Science research, service-learning, and family man
I love science research and continue to do whatever I can. I have a natural inclination towards service hood. I have been a recipient of service-awards in the past. My freshman biology course has a service-learning option for students. I am also a Rotarian of the McPherson rotary club and advise the Rotaract club of McPherson College. I am have been a member of the McPherson Church of Brethren for the last 10 years. I will most likely be home with my wife and children if I am not at work. We love to travel especially during the summer months.