BS, Providence College; PhD, University of Notre Dame
(Dr.) Richard Kurker, Jr., is a biochemist who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Writing Minor from Providence College (Liberal Arts Honors Program) in Providence, RI. He earned his doctorate in Biochemistry with a specialization in protein biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, working with the bacterial oxygen-producing protein chlorite dismutase. Since completing his terminal degree, he has taught chemistry, biology, and graduate biochemistry at Manchester Community College, Quinnipiac University, and the University of Baltimore. He has also tutored online in chemistry and writing, as well as at a high school in the English Language Learner (ELL) program. In addition, he completed a postdoc at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), working on the virology and vaccine development of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV).