Assistant Professor of Biology at Anderson University, Indiana. Motivated by student-centered instruction and cultivating scientific inquiry. Curious about innovative teaching practices, plant-microbe interactions, and all things molecular biology.

Career Status:
PUI: Pre-Tenure

Research Areas:
Biotic Interactions


Butler, K.J. Green Design: How do leaf structures optimize photosynthesis and promote survival? (In Press). CourseSource

Butler, K.J., Chen, S, Smith, J.M., Wang, X,  Bent, A.F. (2019) Soybean Resistance Locus Rhg1 Confers Resistance to Multiple Cyst Nematodes in Diverse Plant Species (2019). Phytopathology, 109 (12), 2107-2115

McPheron, B.D. & Butler,  K.J.. (2019). “Writing Children’s Stories to Improve Engineering Student’s Communication with Non-Engineering Audiences.” Proceedings of the 2019 ASEE Illinois-Indiana Section Conference, March 22-23, 2019.  (DOI: 10.5703/1288284316906)

Horgan, K. & Henderson, J. (2015). Resistance genes of Oryza sativa for protection against Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, the causative agent of bacterial leaf blight. Journal of Student Research, 4(1), 12-17.

Horgan, K. & Henderson J. (2015). miRNA mediated post-transcriptional gene regulation in response to abiotic stress in plants. Journal of Student Research. 4(1), 21-28.

Volunteer Activities

Butler, K. & Marks M. (2017). Imposter syndrome and you: a discussion of a little-discussed phenomenon. MPMI Interactions Newsletter. 

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education