UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Lisa Kroutil

Lisa Kroutil

Lisa Kroutil

Professor
member of graduate faculty

Chemistry and Biotechnology
Office: 223 Centennial Science Hall
Phone: 715-425-4352

Email: lisa.c.kroutil@uwrf.edu

Education:

B.S. University of Missouri - Rolla, 1988 
Ph.D. Washington University, 1994 
Postdoctoral Fellow National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 1994-1997

Courses Taught:

  • CHEM 115 Concepts in General Chemistry
  • CHEM 120 Introduction to General Chemistry
  • CHEM 121/ CHEM 122 General Chemistry Lectures and Laboratories
  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I Online
  • CHEM 361/ CHEM 362 Biochemistry I and II
  • CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 495 Undergraduate Research
  • CHEM 480 Chemistry Seminar
  • BIOT 280, BIOT 380, & BIOT 480 Biotechnology Seminars
  • BIOT 295 Introduction to Biotechnology Research
  • BIOT 495 Biotechnology Research and Thesis
  • UNIV 200 Seminar in Academic Mentoring
  • UNIV 201 Practical Applications in Academic Mentoring
  • CHEM 708 DNA
  • CHEM 789 Special Topics in Chemistry – Life in Extreme Environments
  • CHEM 789 Special Topics in Chemistry – Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM 789 Special Topics in Chemistry – Teaching General Chemistry Online

Research Interests:

My current research interests focus on the study of western herbal medicinal preparations such as Artemesia vulgaris (mugwort) and rose petal tinctures. My students and I examine how the menstruum and methods of preparation influence the concentration of components and levels of activity. We are particularly interested in and studying the following:

  • Cell growth and antibacterial activity
  • Antioxidant and radical scavenging activity
  • Enzyme kinetics including xanthine oxidase inhibition
  • HPLC fractionation to identify active components
  • HPLC analysis of samples differing in levels of activity

Recent student grants funded:

  • Adrianne Bunn, UWRF Falcon Travel Grant to attend the American Chemical Society Great Lakes Regional Meeting in Fargo, ND June 27-30, 2017, $603.
  • Miranda Rang, UWRF Undergraduate Stipends and Expense (USE) Grant, “Exploration of Antioxidant and Radical Scavenging Activity of Preparations of Roses” $1,500, Fall 2017.
  • Wyatt Cook, UWRF Undergraduate Stipends and Expense (USE) Grant, “Exploration of Antimicrobial Activity and Bacterial Inhibition of Preparations of Roses” $2,000, Summer 2017.
  • Adrianne Bunn, UWRF Undergraduate Stipends and Expense (USE) Grant, “Isolation and Identification of Antimicrobials from Mugwort” $1,500, Spring 2017.


Recent and upcoming presentations (*presenters):

  • Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference June 2018 workshops Lisa Kroutil*
    • “Mugwort and Roses: Antibacterial and Antioxidant Herbs”
    • “Introductory Chemistry for Herbalists”
  • American Chemical Society Great Lakes Regional Meeting, Fargo, North Dakota, June 27-30, 2017, “Isolation and identification of antimicrobials from Artemisia vulgaris” Adrianne Bunn*, Brandon Kaufman, Daniel Marchand, and Lisa Kroutil
  • 16th Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, April 21, 2017, “Antibiotic and Antioxidant Activities of Herbal Preparations” Adrianne Bunn*, Miranda Rang*, Wyatt Cook, Brandon Kaufman, and Lisa Kroutil

 

Professional Activities:

Peer Led Team Learning Coordinator – In charge or hiring, supervising and training Peer Leaders as well as scheduling sessions and preparation of workshop activities in coordination with faculty teaching the courses.

UWRF Chem Demon’s Adviser – We have an active group of students that each semester puts on several shows and does hands on activities on campus and as outreach in the community.

Background:

I am a biochemist and the director of the interdepartmental Biotechnology Program. I teach introductory chemistry and biochemistry. My research focuses on understanding the processes that lead to replication errors in repetitive and structured DNA sequences.