Todd Rainey

What excites you the most about teaching science?
I am interested in how animals live, how they are put together and how understanding humans solves medical problems.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a science professor?
I started seriously considering teaching science while in high school. I became interested in science when we started learning about dinosaurs in elementary school.

What was your favorite class to teach and why?Dr. Todd Rainey
Developmental Biology. I enjoy the course because it explores how we grow up as individuals, and compares the different kinds of animals and humans so we can see what they have in common as well as how they are different.

What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite location is the Riley Creek with all the trees and animal life along the creek.

When you are not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
I read a lot about history in general, specifically art history. I also enjoy going to history and art museums.

What was the first job you ever had?
My first two summer jobs were as a janitor. One of those I worked the graveyard shift in a factory. That is when I knew I needed to go to college because I couldn't do that the rest of my life.

What extracurricular activities were you involved in when you were a college student?
I was a managing editor for the college newspaper.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
There would be two. The first would be Christmas with my parents in Central Florida. The second would be visiting southern Ontario and other parts of Canada.

What are you currently researching?
One of my projects I am working on now is to understand the physiology of obesity and diabetes.

Someday I'd like to...
When I retire, I would like to spend some time drawing and painting.