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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
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; 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. I focus on gene expression in cyanobacteria, and how this gene expression gives the organism an adaptive advantage. 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
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
Professor, Director of the Biology Graduate Program
PISB 317
fe22@drexel.edu
215.895.0220
Research & Teaching Interests

My research program is focused on understanding epigenetic mechanisms that govern higher order brain function via chromatin packaging in neurons.

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

My lab aims to understand the mechanisms that maintain healthy protein folding environment in the cell, and how they fail in neurodegenerative diseases and aging. We use genetic and live imaging approaches in a genetically tractable organism, C. elegans, as discovery tools, and apply the findings to mammalian systems.

Department
  • Department of Biology
Mary Katherine Gonder
Mary Katherine Gonder Contact
Director, Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program; Co-Founder, Central African Biodiversity Alliance; 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
Associate 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
Meshagae Hunte-Brown, PhD, Teaching Professor, Department of Biology, Drexel University
Meshagae Hunte-Brown, PhD, Teaching Professor, Department of Biology, Drexel University 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
Svetlana Khakhina, PhD
Svetlana Khakhina, PhD Contact
Assistant Teaching Professor
PISB 221C
svetlana.khakhina@drexel.edu
215.571.4216
Research & Teaching Interests Immunology & Virology, Cell Signally & Cell Death, Microbiology Department
  • Department of Biology
Kari Lenhart, PhD
Kari Lenhart, PhD Contact
Assistant Professor
PISB 420
kari.f.lenhart@drexel.edu
215.895.6772
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 Dean of Research, Associate Professor
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
Professor

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
Interim Department Head (Biology), Professor
PISB 321
so356@drexel.edu
215.571.4177
Research & Teaching Interests

Animal behavior, neuroecology, social insects, tropical ecology, thermal physiology

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, cancer metastasis, 3D matrix, cytoskeleton dynamics, and mechanobiology 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
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; Co-Director of the Biology Graduate Program ; 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
Associate Professor, Department of Biology; Co-Director of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE)
PISB 425
jss75@drexel.edu
215.895.6180
Research & Teaching Interests STEM Education, Discipline-Based Education Research, Biology Education Research, Authentic STEM Learning Experiences, Evidence-Based Education, Undergraduate Research Experiences, Increasing Diversity in the STEM Pipeline, Faculty and Future Faculty Pedagogical Development 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