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Verna Case


Ph.D., M.S. Pennsylvania State University (Animal Behavior)
B.S. Pennsylvania State University (Zoology)


I revel in being an advocate for science education at Davidson as a professor and administrator. I teach courses in reproductive medicine, and in the study and treatment of human disease in Zambia, which is connected to the Davidson in Mwandi program.

During the sixteen years I spent as the chair of the biology department, the department became the largest academic department at Davidson in terms of the number of majors, the number of faculty and support staff, and the size of our facilities and budget.

I am currently Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Research where I guide the development of structures and programs that support faculty in teaching and research, including the Davidson Research Initiative (DRI).

Since the summer of 2000, I have been taking students to Mwandi, Zambia for a month-long experience that focuses on health care. Students go on rounds, rotating through various sections of a hospital. Each student also focuses on a specific project related to health care in Mwandi. Project papers are sent back to the hospital in hopes that they will be of value to the hospital staff. In addition, the students perform a service project for the hospital.


My current research interests include global health and fetal surgery.

I have done collaborative research with students on a variety of topics including:

  • Anti-retroviral Treatment Failure in Mwandi, Zambia
  • Methods used by health care workers to monitor patient adherence to HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy)
  • The Ethics of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for Non-medical Sex Selection
  • The Ethics of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for the Purpose of Creating Savior Siblings
  • Funding and Effectiveness in Africa's Struggle Against HIV/AIDS


BIO 368 Health Care Issues in Zambia