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

Protein engineering, immunology, neuroimmunology, neurology

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

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

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

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

Department
  • Department of Biology
Karen Kabnick , Ph.D.
Karen Kabnick , Ph.D. Contact
Associate Teaching Professor
PISB 221 B
ksk49@drexel.edu
215.895.6695
Research & Teaching Interests Department
  • Department of Biology
Robert Loudon , Ph.D.
Robert Loudon , Ph.D. Contact
Associate Teaching Professor
PISB 221 E
rpl25@drexel.edu
215.895.6936
Research & Teaching Interests

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

Department
  • Department of Biology
Dr. Daniel Marenda
Dr. Daniel Marenda Contact
Associate Professor; Director of the Biology Graduate Program; Co-Director of the Cell Imaging Center
PISB 421
daniel.marenda@drexel.edu
215.895.2526
Research & Teaching Interests Developmental neurobiology and behavior. Modeling Alzheimer’s disease, CHARGE syndrome, and Pitt-Hopkins in Drosophila Department
  • Department of Biology
Dean Donna Murasko, PhD
Dean Donna Murasko, PhD Contact
Dean College of Arts and Sciences; Professor
4020 MacAlister Hall
donna.murasko@drexel.edu
215.895.1892
Research & Teaching Interests Changes in immune response with increasing age, immune response to viruses, CD8 T cell response in virus infections Department
  • Department of Biology
Michael O'Connor PhD
Michael O'Connor PhD Contact
Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 318
mike.oconnor@drexel.edu
215.895.2637
Research & Teaching Interests

Physiological and biophysical ecology

Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Department of Biology
Sean O'Donnell, PhD
Sean O'Donnell, PhD Contact
Professor
PISB 321
so356@drexel.edu
215.571.4177
Research & Teaching Interests

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

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