I'm Alyssa McRay.

I was born and raised in that downstate, cornfield-laden part of Illinois known to most as simply "not Chicago." The daughter of a truck driver and a baker, I spent my childhood running barefoot in the woods, swimming in lakes and catching fireflies.

As the first person in my family to attend university, I received my B.S. in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University (go Titans!) and my M.Ed. in science education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am now a (nearly-finished) neurobiology PhD candidate at UIC, where I use tiny electrodes to measure electrical signals in the mammalian brain.

In the fall of 2018, I began my dream job and joined the faculty at McHenry County College (go Scots!) as an Instructor of Biology. I teach a two-semester Human Anatomy & Physiology sequence (BIO263 & BIO264), as well as the Fundamentals of Biology (BIO157). This means I get to spend most of my days (and evenings!) exactly where I want to be- in the classroom with my students.

When I’m not in the classroom or sequestered in my office churning out dissertation pages, you can usually find me camping or hiking with my husband and 2 year old son. Please send me your camp site or trail recommendations!