Dr. Celine Santiago Bass

Dr. Celine Santiago Bass has been the Science Department Chair in the School of General Education at Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University) since 2009. Prior to joining the University, Dr. Santiago Bass enjoyed a diversified career spanning over 25 years that has included teaching (both on-ground and online), scientific research, environmental consulting, and working in the corporate sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in biology from Rutgers University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also completed her PhD in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University where her research focused on estuarine ecology, specifically parasite communities of fish and the physiological and behavioral impacts they have on their hosts. This and other research has been published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals. In addition to her chair duties, Dr. Santiago Bass is still an active researcher. She currently volunteers at an entomology lab at Rutgers University where she is studying parasites of cicadas, and assists graduate students with the genetic analysis of various species of dragonflies, damselflies, and other insects.