Andrew Whipple

Faculty & Staff


Dr. Andy Whipple




Professor of Biology & Research Advisor

Office Location: Euler 306
Phone: (765) 998-5333

Specialties: Microbiology, Bioethics, Cell Biology, Cell Tissue Cultures, Azalea research, Faith and Science Integration, Senior Capstone



Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cell Biology, Sidney Farer Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School, 1979-81
Ph. D., Cell Biology, State University of New York, 1979
M.S., Biochemistry, State University of New York at Albany, 1974
B.S., Microbiology/Biochemistry, Ohio State University, 1971
B.S., Biblical Literature, Taylor University, 1999

Why I came to Taylor:

Taylor University combines serious commitments to both higher education and to the lordship of Jesus Christ, as reflected in the goal of successful integration of learning and faith.  This level of commitment is unexceeded within the world of Christian colleges, and I am pleased to be part of this commitment and institutional effort on behalf of our students.


Readings:  Science, Nature, Scientific American, Discover, The Scientist, The Azalean, The Journal of the American Rhododendron Society, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (all periodicals), many field guides to wildflowers, trees, ecosystems (what is all this stuff here in the mountains?), various papers on plant physiology and horticulture.

Activities:  In addition to the various research activities (following), lots of walks and hikes in the mountains of western North Carolina, enjoying the views and trying to be better at botanizing as I go along.  Renewing old friendships and making many new ones here in NC.

Research: Using tissue culture to promote various horticultural goals here at The Mountain Horticultural Crops and Extension Center, Mills River, NC.  Thus doing tissue culture of deciduous azaleas (to preserve through micropropagation, establish cultures for future tetraploidization of diploids for breeding purposes, establish best culture media parameters), of elepidote rhododendrons (preserve through micropropagation, separate out into pure cultures the two or more cell types of chimeras/mixoploids so as clean up and stabilize these plant types), and of several other plant types/species (magnolia, dogwood).  Flow cytometry studies of interspecific deciduous azalea hybrids as their presumed parental species to assess the ploidy states and thus derive an understanding of the role of ploidy levels in azalea evolution.  Determining ploidy levels of deciduous azaleas by means of root tip squashes.