Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Vanderbilt University at Nashville, ‘96
B.S. in Biology, Liberty University at Lynchburg, ‘88
Professor Offield came to Bluefield College in the fall of 2011 as Associate Professor of Biology. Prior to this, Prof. Offield had spent a year as Research Scientist at Vanderbilt University after completing his Ph.D. work, and then took a second research position at the University of Virginia. His research has involved many aspects of embryological development and the development of new technologies for studying development. Prof. Offield’s Ph.D. work led to the discovery of one of the chief genes, PDX-1, which directs the development of the pancreas—and later regulates insulin production. This work has been continued by others as a possible way to cure diabetes. After taking the Research Scientist post at UVa, Prof. Offield was part of a team of researchers who were interested in developing genetic technologies within the Xenopus laevis—clawed toad—so that it could enable them to enhance the research of developmental processes. Prof. Offield also served as Associate Professor of Biology at Liberty University for nine years, just prior to coming to BC—teaching General Biology, Molecular Biology, and Embryology, as well as other courses. Prof. Offield often shares from Psalm 19 how that the study of nature just shouts, “Glory to God!” Especially in the area of biology, the more we look into it, the more we are struck by awe and wonder at what God has made.