Associate Professor of Biology; Director of the Pre-Professional Health Sciences Program
Office: Eaton 102
Education: BS, University of Notre Dame, 1982; PhD, Duke University, 1987. At SPU since 2004.
Charlotte Pratt has always wanted to be a biologist, exploring nature in Michigan and Massachusetts, where she grew up. After taking as many biology and chemistry courses as she could in college, she decided to pursue a doctorate in biochemistry, reasoning that all the really interesting questions in biology had answers that were about molecules.
In graduate school at Duke University, she studied blood proteins and afterward conducted laboratory research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During that time, she became intrigued by the challenges of presenting biochemical information to college students and began writing textbooks. Following a cross-country move to Seattle, she returned to the classroom to teach in the Biology and Chemistry departments at SPU. She continues to enjoy thinking about biological molecules and showing students how these molecules work.
In addition to her teaching interests, Dr. Pratt has been active as an advisor in the Pre-Professional Health Sciences (PPHS) program, and now serves as the Program Director for PPHS.
- Pratt, C.W.; and Cornely, K.C., Essential Biochemistry, 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons (2014).
- Voet, D.; Voet, J.G.; and Pratt, C.W., Fundamentals of Biochemistry, 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons (2012).
Please see Dr. Pratt’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.