Liesl McCormick

Assistant Professor, Biology


UC Box: A121

Office: Strain 205


PhD in Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR in 2012.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN in 2007.

PUBLICATIONS (as Liesl Van Ryswyk)

Van Ryswyk, L., Simonson, L., Eisen, JS. The role of inab in axon branching of an

identified zebrafish motoneuron, in review.

Seredick, SD., Hutchinson, SA., Van Ryswyk, L., Talbot, JC., Eisen, JS. Suppression of Kolmer-Agduhr interneuron characteristics within axial motoneurons by zebrafish Lhx3 and Lhx4, submitted.

Seredick, SD., Van Ryswyk, L., Hutchinson, SA., Eisen, JS. (2012). Zebrafish Mnx proteins specify one motoneuron subtype and suppress acquisition of interneuron characteristics. Neural Development, 7:35.

Wilkes, DE., Bennardo, N., Chan, CW., Chang, YL., Corpuz, EO., DuMond, J., Eboreime, JA., Erickson, J., Hetzel, J., Heyer, EE., Hubenschmidt, MJ., Kniazeva, E., Kuhn, H., Lum, M., Sand, A., Schep, A., Segeeva, O., Supab, N., Townsend, CR., Van Ryswyk, L., Watson, HE., Wiedeman, AE., Rajagopalan, V., Asai, DJ. (2009). Identification and characterization of dynein genes in Tetrahymena. Methods Cell Biol 92, 11-30.


Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.


Biology 160: Special Topics: The Biology of Iron Man


Biology 170: Human Genetics

Biology 204: General Biology II


Biology 350: Developmental Biology

Biology 360: Special Topics: Neurobiology