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Biology Faculty

Name | Title | Contact Research | Teaching Interests Department | Center
Michael Akins
Assistant Professor
PISB 319
mra69@drexel.edu
215.571.4453
Experience-dependent plasticity in the mammalian nervous system; post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in neurons Department of Biology
Shivanthi Anandan, Phi
Associate Professor
PISB 320
anandans@drexel.edu
215.895.2631
My research program uses molecular genetic and classical microbial genetics to study signal transduction pathways in marine and freshwater cyanobacteria. Department of Biology
Dr. Joseph Bentz
Professor
PISB 416
bentzj@drexel.edu
215.895.1513
Biophysics of Cell Membrane Function - Membrane Transport by Multidrug Resistance Proteins, chanisms of Membrane Fusion, Peptide/Protein-Membrane Interactions
Department of Biology
Dr. John Bethea
Department Head, Professor
PISB 123.04
jrb445@drexel.edu
215.895.2624
Department of Biology
Valerie Bracchi-Ricard
Assistant Research Professor
PISB 413
vcb33@drexel.edu
215.571.3785
Spinal cord injury, Neuroinflammation Department of Biology
Laura E. Duwel, Ph.D.
Assistant Department Head, Teaching Professor
PISB 219
l.duwel@drexel.edu
215.895.2636
Undergraduate Education Department of Biology
Felice Elefant , Ph.D.
Associate Professor
PISB 317
fe22@drexel.edu
215.895.0220
Epigenetic regulation of higher order brain function. Department of Biology
Roman Fischer, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
PISB 413
roman.fischer@drexel.edu
215.571.3785

Protein engineering, immunology, neuroimmunology, neurology

Department of Biology
Denise Garcia
Assistant Professor
PISB 422
adg82@drexel.edu
215.571.4534
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology Department of Biology
Tali Gidalevitz
Assistant Professor
PISB 418
Tali.gidalevitz@drexel.edu
215.571.4219
Department of Biology
Mary Katherine Gonder
Director, Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program; Co-Founder, Central African Biodiversity Alliance; Associate Professor
PISB 420
mkg62@drexel.edu
215.571.4638
Genomics, evolutionary processes, tropical biodiversity, conservation science, educational capacity building Department of Biology
Cecilie Goodrich Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
PISB 316
Goodricc@drexel.edu
215.895.2626
Development of simple behaviors after birth in relation to known developmental events in the mouse brain Department of Biology
Susan Gurney
Assistant Teaching Professor
PISB 220
smg366@drexel.edu
215.895.5802

Evolutionary genetics (humans and equids), stem cell biology, forensic science

Department of Biology
Mesha Hunte-Brown , Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor
PISB 221 G
meh27@drexel.edu
215.895.2064
Stream Ecology, Food Webs Department of Biology
Jiu Jiang
Research Associate Professor
PISB 411
jiu.jiang@drexel.edu
215.895.0548

Aging and the mechanisms of impairment of specific CD8 T cell response in aged mice, the alteration of immune response in aged individuals.

Department of Biology
Karen Kabnick , Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor
PISB 221 B
ksk49@drexel.edu
215.895.6695
Department of Biology
Joy Little
Assistant Teaching Professor
PISB 221 A
joy.l.little@drexel.edu
215.571.4588
Undergraduate Education, Disease (Cancer) Biology Department of Biology
Robert Loudon , Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor
PISB 221 E
rpl25@drexel.edu
215.895.6936

Rho GTPases, regulation of actin cytoskeleton, regulation of G protein-coupled receptors by receptor kinases and arrestins

Department of Biology
Dr. Daniel Marenda
Associate Professor; Director of the Biology Graduate Program; Co-Director of the Cell Imaging Center
PISB 421
daniel.marenda@drexel.edu
215.895.2526
Developmental neurobiology and behavior. Modeling Alzheimer’s disease, CHARGE syndrome, and Pitt-Hopkins in Drosophila Department of Biology
Eric Morschhauser
Assistant Teaching Professor
PISB 221C
emm388@drexel.edu
215.895.4216
Paleobiology, systematics, biomechanics Department of Biology
Dean Donna Murasko, PhD
Dean College of Arts and Sciences; Professor
4020 MacAlister Hall
donna.murasko@drexel.edu
215.895.1892

Changes in immune response with increasing age, immune response to viruses, CD8 T cell response in virus infections

Department of Biology
Michael O'Connor PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 318
mike.oconnor@drexel.edu
215.895.2637

Physiological and biophysical ecology

Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Department of Biology
Sean O'Donnell, PhD
Associate Department Head, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Professor
PISB 321
so356@drexel.edu
215.571.4177

Animal behavior, neuroethology and brain evolution, social insects, tropical ecology

Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Department of Biology
Ryan Petrie, PhD
Assistant Professor
PISB 419
rjp336@drexel.edu
215.895.1476
Cell motility, three-dimensional extracellular matrix, cell-matrix interactions, cytoskeleton dynamics, and intracellular pressure Department of Biology
Jerome Ricard, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
PISB 413
jjr325@drexel.edu
215.571.3785
Department of Biology
Jacob Russell
Associate Professor
PISB 325
jar337@drexel.edu
215.895.1643
Molecular Ecology, Symbiosis, Metagenomics Department of Biology
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Nianli Sang, M.B., Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Cell Imaging Center; Associate Professor
PISB 417
nianli.sang@drexel.edu
215.895.6885
Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Bases of Major Human Diseases Department of Biology
Aleister Saunders, PhD
Senior Vice Provost for Research; Professor
104 Left Bank
Aleister.Saunders@drexel.edu
215.895.6772
Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular/Cellular Biology Department of Biology
Kevin Smith, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
PISB 221 A
kps43@drexel.edu
215.571.3469
Organismal Biology, Ecology, Herpetology, STEM Education Department of Biology
Elias Spiliotis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of the Cell Imaging Center
PISB 423
ets33@drexel.edu
215.571.3552
Cell biology, cytoskeleton (microtubules, actin, septins), neuronal and epithelial morphogenesis, spatial regulation of intracellular transport, cell motility and cell division. Department of Biology
Jennifer Stanford
Assistant Professor
PISB 425
jss75@drexel.edu
215.895.6180
STEM Education, Undergraduate Research, Cell Biology Education, Increasing Diversity in the STEM Pipeline Department of Biology
Monica Togna, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
PISB 221 F
mmt73@drexel.edu
215.895.2684
Organismal Biology (Physiology / Anatomy / Dev Bio), Microbiology Department of Biology