Matthew Borcherding Biology Instructor


(218) 736-1592
Fergus Falls


Employee bio

Ed.D. – Higher Education (In Progress), St. Cloud State University
M.A.T. – Biology Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato
B.S. – Microbiology (Major), Chemistry (Minor), Minnesota State University, Mankato

Courses Taught:
BIOL 1107, 1108 – Environmental Science Issues (with lab)
BIOL 2202 – Principles of Nutrition
BIOL 2260, 2261 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab)
BIOL 2262, 2263 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab)
BIOL 2267, 2268 – Medical Microbiology (with lab)

Research Interests:
Central nervous system depressants and their effects on learning and memory
Epistemology and learning theory
Student development theory

Research Experience:
Department of Educational Leadership & Higher Education 2014
St. Cloud State University
• I was a co-author of a research study that used a descriptive, qualitative interview design to obtain in-depth information from 11 faculty members from various Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions regarding their perceptions of crisis management.
• The themes identified concern the perceived risk on campus and types of crises on campus, institutional and individual preparedness, communication, and stakeholder involvement. Analysis revealed a shared overarching faculty perspective of personal unpreparedness and the desire for additional crisis policy and procedural information, training, and access to crisis planning discourse.

Department of Educational Studies: K-12 Secondary Programs 2010
Minnesota State University, Mankato
• I conducted a research study using a sample of 466 students from a mid-sized four-year university in the Midwest. The goal of the research was to determine, if any, the correlation between marijuana use and academic performance. The results indicated that 144 of the 466 (30.9 per cent) participants identified themselves as users of marijuana. Of the 144 users, 11.4 percent of the entire population polled was identified as chronic users. Comparison of the GPAs of the chronic users versus the non-users found that 42.4 percent of chronic users had GPAs less than 2.9 (on a 4-point scale) whereas only 19.8 percent of non-users had GPAs less than 2.9.

Department of Biological Sciences, Cell Biology Laboratory 2009
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
• The primary goal of this research was to determine the functional differences between the β1 and β2 isoforms of actin capping protein within murine cardiac tissue.
• I aided the Principle Investigator in extracting cloned yeast plasmid DNA.
• Plasmid DNA was then transformed in E. coli, and extracted.
• PCR was later used to amplify the transformed DNA, and later segregated by agarose gel electrophoresis.

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