Kristi McQuade

Associate Professor

Olin Hall 213
(309) 677-3022

Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Chemistry, McKendree College


Dr. McQuade has been a member of the Department since 2000. She graduated from McKendree College in 1991 with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. McQuade did post-doctoral research at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine from 1997 to 1999, then taught for one year in the Department of Chemistry at Grinnell College before coming to Bradley.


Dr. McQuade teaches both undergraduate and graduate level biochemistry courses for biochemistry, chemistry and biology majors. She also teaches general chemistry as well as an introductory biochemistry course for nursing and dietetics majors.


Dr. McQuade’s research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms of stress responses. She is currently collaborating with scientists at the USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research to explore stress response in the corn rot fungus Fusarium verticillioides, especially the role of trehalose. Dr. McQuade is also investigating the structure-function relationships of the stress response protein gp96.


Dr. McQuade serves as an academic advisor to biochemistry majors. She has served on several university committees and is currently a member of the Committee on University Resources. She maintains a professional membership with the American Chemical Society and is a member of the American Association of University Professors, serving on the advisory council for the Bradley chapter.