Dr. Trott graduated from Atlantic Union College (AUC) in Massachusetts with a Bachelors
of Science in Biology and minor in chemistry in 1997. He was accepted to graduate
school, and immediately following graduation and a summer wedding to his best friend,
he entered the Cell and Molecular Biology program at the University of Vermont in
Burlington, VT. While in graduate school his research focused on describing the functional
contributions of a group of extracellular matrix proteins found in cell walls of guard
cells and pericycle cells of Arabidopsis thaliana.
After completing his doctoral work and receiving his Ph.D. in the spring of 2003, he accepted a teaching position at Atlantic Union College where he received the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008. While at AUC he also served as the director of the Honors Program for many years.
Dr. Trott and his wife Selena have three children, Brianna, Aliya, and Caleb. He enjoys spending time with his family, intramural sports, mountain biking, backpacking, home renovations, and just about any activity outdoors.
The Trott family joined Southern Adventist University in the fall of 2011 where Dr. Trott teaches Genetics, Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Issues in Science and Society. Dr. Trott is excited about Biology, loves advising students, and hopes to instill a genuine sense of wonder about the tremendous world the Lord has created. He says, “I have always loved virtually all aspects of Biology and am continually in awe of the amazing complexity and diversity in our world. I want our students to not only excell in their classes, but graduate with a life-long love for all things biological.”