Jennifer Metzler

Assistant Professor

CL 231e  Phone: 765-285-8848  

Department of Biology
Ball State University
Cooper Life Science Building, CL 121
Muncie, IN 47306

Academic Information

Purdue University, Indianapolis, BS in Biology 1996
Indiana University, Ph.D. in Microbiology/Immunology 2002

Research Interests:

My research interests lie in educational research. I am very interested in improving the long term retention of information for my students, as well as building their critical reasoning skills. I am a firm believer in student centered learning, where students actively participate in their own educational process. Therefore, I focus on studying new styles of teaching to reach these goals.


Jayne, J. A., S. Reid, S. E. Braun, and H. E. Broxmeyer. 1999. Differential in vitro maturation of hematopoietic stem cells from wild-type and immunoglobulin transgenic mice. Cytokines, Cellular and Molecular Therapy. 5:195-204.

Lich, J. D., J. A. Jayne, Zhou, D., J. F. Elliot, and J. S. Blum. 2003. Editing of an immunodominant epitope of glutamate decarboxylase by HLA-DM. Journal of Immunology. 171:853-859.

Houlihan, J. L., J. J. Metzler, and J.S. Blum. 2009. HSP90α and HSP90 α Isoforms Selectively Modulate MHC Class II Antigen Presentation in B cells. Journal of Immunology. 182(12):7451-8.

Metzler, J.A. and Melody J. Bernot. 2014. Comparative Case Study of Lecture Effectiveness in a Non- Majors Biology Course: Student Performance and Perceptions. Journal of College Science Teaching. 44(1):48-55.

Metzler, J.A. 2014. All Active Learning Activities. Bio-Principles with WileyPLUS Learning Space. Wiley.

Smelser, L. K., E. M. Burns, J.A. Metzler, S. A. McDowell, and H.A. Bruns. Short term, low dose Simvastatin pretreatment alters memory immune function following secondary Staphylococcus Aureus infection. Accepted at Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Metzler, J.A. 2016. AmpliFire review questions for Microbiology by Bauman. Pearson.

Metzler, J.A. 2016. Active learning modules for Mastering Biology program. Pearson.

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