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Michael Akins

Michael Akins, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 215.571.4453
Office: PISB 319
Specialization: Experience-dependent plasticity in the mammalian nervous system; post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in neurons
Department(s): Biology
Shivanthi Anandan , Ph.D.

Shivanthi Anandan, PhD

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 215.895.2631
Office: PISB 419
Specialization: My research program uses molecular genetic and classical microbial genetics to study signal transduction pathways in marine and freshwater cyanobacteria.
Department(s): Biology
Dr. Joseph Bentz

Joseph Bentz, PhD

Title: Professor
Phone: 215.895.1513
Office: PISB 416
Specialization: Biophysics of Cell Membrane Function - Membrane Transport by Multidrug Resistance Proteins, chanisms of Membrane Fusion, Peptide/Protein-Membrane Interactions
Department(s): Biology
Dr. John Bethea

John Bethea, PhD

Title: Department Head, Professor
Phone: 215.895.2624
Office: PISB 123.04
Department(s): Biology
Laura E. Duwel, Ph.D.

Laura Duwel, PhD

Title: Assistant Department Head, Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.895.2636
Office: PISB 219
Specialization: Undergraduate Education
Department(s): Biology
Felice Elefant , Ph.D.

Felice Elefant, PhD

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 215.895.0220
Office: PISB 317
Specialization: Epigenetic mechanisms of gene control in neurodevelopment and disease
Department(s): Biology
Denise Garcia

Denise Garcia, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 215.571.4534
Office: PISB 422
Specialization: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Department(s): Biology
Tali Gidalevitz

Tali Gidalevitz, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 215.571.4219
Office: PISB 418
Department(s): Biology
Mary Katherine Gonder

Mary Katherine Gonder, PhD

Title: Director, Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program; Co-Founder, Central African Biodiversity Alliance; Associate Professor
Phone: 215.571.4638
Office: PISB 420
Specialization: Genomics, evolutionary processes, tropical biodiversity, conservation science, educational capacity building
Department(s): Biology
Cecilie Goodrich Ph.D.

Cecilie Goodrich, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 215.895.2626
Office: PISB 316
Specialization: Development of simple behaviors after birth in relation to known developmental events in the mouse brain
Department(s): Biology
Susan Gurney

Susan Gurney, PhD

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.895.5802
Office: PISB 220
Department(s): Biology
Dr. Gail Hearn

Gail Hearn, PhD

Title: Professor
Phone: 215.895.1476
Office: PISB 320
Specialization: African biodiversity conservation; African primates
Department(s): Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Biology
Mesha Hunte-Brown , Ph.D.

Meshagae Hunte-Brown, PhD

Title: Associate Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.895.2064
Office: PISB 221 G
Specialization: Stream Ecology, Food Webs
Department(s): Biology
Jiu Jiang

Jiu Jiang, PhD, MD

Title: Research Associate Professor
Phone: 215.895.0548
Office: PISB 411
Department(s): Biology
Karen Kabnick , Ph.D.

Karen Kabnick, PhD

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.895.6695
Office: PISB 221 B
Department(s): Biology
Joy Little

Joy Little, PhD

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.571.4588
Office: PISB 221 A
Department(s): Biology
Robert Loudon , Ph.D.

Robert Loudon, PhD

Title: Associate Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.895.6936
Office: PISB 221 E
Department(s): Biology
Dr. Daniel Marenda

Daniel Marenda, PhD

Title: Associate Professor; Director of the Biology Graduate Program; Co-Director of the Cell Imaging Center
Phone: 215.895.2526
Office: PISB 421
Research Focus: Marenda Lab
Specialization: Developmental neurobiology and Behavior. Modeling Alzheimer’s disease, CHARGE syndrome, and Pitt-Hopkins in Drosophila
Department(s): Biology
Eric Morschhauser

Eric Morschhauser

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.895.4216
Office: PISB 221C
Specialization: Paleobiology, systematics, biomechanics
Department(s): Biology
Dean Donna Murasko, PhD

Donna Murasko, PhD

Title: Dean College of Arts and Sciences; Professor
Phone: 215.895.1892
Office: 4020 MacAlister Hall
Department(s): Biology
Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor, PhD, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 215.895.2637
Office: PISB 318
Specialization: Physiological and biophysical ecology
Department(s): Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Biology
Dr. Sean O'Donnell

Sean O'Donnell, PhD

Title: Professor
Phone: 215.571.4177
Office: PISB 321
Department(s): Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Biology
Jacob Russell

Jacob Russell, PhD

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 215.895.1643
Office: PISB 325
Research Focus: Russell Lab
Specialization: Molecular Ecology, Symbiosis, Metagenomics
Department(s): Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Biology
Nianli Sang, M.B., Ph.D.

Nianli Sang, PhD

Title: Co-Director of the Cell Imaging Center; Associate Professor
Phone: 215.895.6885
Office: PISB 417
Specialization: Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Bases of Major Human Diseases
Department(s): Biology
Aleister J. Saunders, Ph.D.

Aleister Saunders, PhD

Title: Interim Senior Vice Provost for Research, Director of the RNAi Resource Center; Associate Professor
Phone: 215.895.6772
Office: PISB 424
Specialization: Biochemistry, Genetics, Biology
Department(s): Biology
Elias Spiliotis, Ph.D.

Elias Spiliotis, PhD

Title: Associate Professor; Director of the Cell Imaging Center
Phone: 215.571.3552
Office: PISB 423
Research Focus: Spiliotis Lab
Specialization: Cell biology, cytoskeleton (microtubules, actin, septins), neuronal and epithelial morphogenesis, spatial regulation of intracellular transport, cell motility and cell division.
Department(s): Biology
Jennifer Stanford

Jennifer Stanford, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 215.895.6180
Office: PISB 425
Specialization: STEM Education, Undergraduate Research, Cell Biology Education, Increasing Diversity in the STEM Pipeline
Department(s): Biology
Monica Togna, PhD

Monica Togna, PhD

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.895.2684
Office: PISB 221 F
Specialization: Organismal Biology (Physiology / Anatomy / Dev Bio), Microbiology
Department(s): Biology