Faculty Profile

Dr. David W. Scupham

Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chair

NSC 301


A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) - The University of Chicago 1975
Ph.D. - Indiana University 1985

Research Interests

Molecular Biology
David Scupham and his students have been studying the effects of naturally-occuring suppressors of immune responsiveness in vitro. Since proliferation of murine lymphocytes is inhibited by the molecules under study, research in this laboratory is now focused on the molecular mechanism by which suppression occurs. Some of the techniques used in these studies include cell culture, agarose gel electrophoresis, and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). In addition, he is interested in pedagogical research for the teaching laboratory.


  • Meeting Abstracts,  
  • A.A. Westrick and D.W. Scupham (2011) Life After Expiration III: A Qualitative Comparison of Expired Restriction Endonucleases and Taq Polymerases to Their Unexpired Counterparts., Indiana Academy of Science, Programs and Abstracts 126, 50.,  
  • J.A. Egge and D.W. Scupham (2009) Life After Expiration II: A Continuation Study on Effective Long-term Use of Biotech Reagents for the Teaching Laboratory., Indiana Academy of Science, Programs and Abstracts 125, 131-132.,  
  • J.R. Foelber, H.S. Moebs, and D.W. Scupham. (2001) Life after expiration: Effective Long Term Use of Biotech Reagents in the Teaching Laboratory., Indiana Academy of Science Programs and Abstracts, 117: 100.,  
  • D.W. Scupham. (1993) Differential effects of oxysterols on interleukin-2 receptor expression and proliferation of murine splenic lymphocytes., The FASEB Journal 7 (4), A682.,  

Professional Affiliations

  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • Indiana Academy of Science (Vice-Chair, Science Education Section, 2011-2012)
  • Indiana College Biology Teachers' Association (Past President; Steering Committee Member)