Full-Time Faculty

Joel K. AbrahamOpens in new window

Associate Professor
Research: Biology education, student learning, educational technology, plant ecology

Catherine Brennan Opens in new window

Assistant Professor
Research: Innate immunity, phagocytosis, genetic approaches to cell biology, blood cells, Drosophila

Jennifer Burnaford Opens in new window

Associate Professor
Research: Marine community ecology, species interactions, abiotic factors influencing species distributions

Merri Lynn CasemOpens in new window

Professor and Vice-Chair 
Research: Biology education, spider silk 

Carol Chaffee 

Full Time Lecturer and Elements of Biology Coordinator
Research: Population biology, migration, science education

Esther ChenOpens in new window

Associate Professor
Research: Molecular biology of microbe-host interactions; genes and signals in the symbiosis between Sinorhizobium meliloti and its host, Medicago sativa

Amybeth CohenOpens in new window

Professor, Vice-Chair, and Director, Maximizing Access to Reaearch Careers Scholars Program (MARC)  
Research: Regulation of photosynthetic gene expression in plant cells, nuclear-chloroplast interactions, expression of foreign therapeutic proteins in the unicellular green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Math P. Cuajungco Opens in new window  

Professor and MARC Program Coordinator 
Research: Molecular, structural, and cellular biology of transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels (Mucolipin subfamily); Transmembrane proteins: TMEM163, TMEM176A, and TMEM176B; Zinc neurobiology and zinc transporters; Metallobiology of Alzheimer's disease

Joshua P. Der Opens in new window  

Assistant Professor
Research: Plant evolutionary genomics, plant systematics, bioinformatics, and molecular evolution. Evolution of life history transitions in parasitic plants (esp. mistletoes) and land plants (esp. ferns)

Kathryn A. DicksonOpens in new window  

Research: Locomotion and endothermy in fishes: comparative physiology and biochemistry

Douglas J. Eernisse Opens in new window

Research: Animal phylogeny; evolution of Mollusca; marine zoology; systematics; population genetics; bioinformatics

Kristy L. ForsgrenOpens in new window  

Assistant Professor
Research: Fish reproductive physiology and endocrinology, histology, and toxicology

William J. HoeseOpens in new window

Research: Biology education, student learning, animal communication, functional morphology

Hope A. JohnsonOpens in new window

Associate Professor
Research: Microbial metal oxidation and reduction – the formation and dissolution of rocks.  Identifying the function of bacterial proteins with no known function.  Water quality and bioremediation

Alison MiyamotoOpens in new window

Associate Professor
Research: Molecular mechanisms of Notch receptor signaling by typical and atypical ligands; developmental and cell biology of elastic fiber proteins

Nikolas NikolaidisOpens in new window

Research: Comparative genomics; bioinformatics; phylogenetics; molecular evolution and biochemistry of proteins involved in the innate and adaptive immune systems and stress response

Veronica Jimenez Ortiz Opens in new window  

Assistant Professor
Research: Role of ion channels in sensing and adaptation to environmental conditions in protozoan parasites, mechanosensation, electrophysiology.

Erin (Misty) Paig-Tran Opens in new window  

Assistant Professor
Research: Functional Anatomy, biomechanics, biomimetics and biomaterials 

Nilay PatelOpens in new window

Associate Professor 
Research: Gene regulation of apolipoportein E (apoE), role of apoE in Alzheimer's Disease

William PreschOpens in new window  

Professor Emeritus & Former Director of Desert Studies Center (Not Taking Graduate Students)
Research: Reptiles of the eastern Mojave Desert, Reptilian phylogenetics

María Soledad Ramírez Opens in new window

Assistant Professor
Research: Molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, their dissemination, evolution, as well as impact in the morbidity and mortality of bacterial infections

Melanie A. SaccoOpens in new window

Associate Professor
Research: Molecular biology of plant-pathogen interactions, protein-protein interactions and signaling in disease resistance

Darren R. SandquistOpens in new window  

Professor and Director of Desert Studies Center
Research: Desert plant ecology; evolution and ecology of plant physiology; biogeochemistry; applications of stable isotopes in ecological research; invasive species

H. Jochen SchenkOpens in new window

Research: Plant physiology and ecology, plant hydraulics and water transport, structure-function relationships in plants

Parvin ShahrestaniOpens in new window

Assistant Professor
Research: Evolutionary genomics, population genetics, experimental evolution, aging, immunity, Drosophila melanogaster

Paul StappOpens in new window

Research: Wildlife population and community ecology; species interactions; wildlife-habitat relationships; invasive species, including pathogens; ecology of insular, desert, grassland and agro-ecosystems; conservation biology


Marcelo E. TolmaskyOpens in new window

Professor & Director, Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies (CABS)
Research: Molecular genetics of mechanisms that contribute to the virulence pathogenic bacteria

Megan Tommerup 

Full Time Lecturer
Research: Endangered species monitoring and restoration, evolution of rare plant breeding systems, science education

Sean E. WalkerOpens in new window

Professor and Chair
Research: Evolutionary and behavioral ecology, evolution of sexual dimorphism, life-history evolution, sexual selection, statistical analysis of biological data, biology education

Ryan P. WalterOpens in new window

Assistant Professor
Research: Molecular ecology, hybridization and speciation, phylogeography, organismal dispersal and population connectivity, population genetics, evolution of fishes

Danielle C. ZacherlOpens in new window

Professor (on Sabbatical Leave, Fall 2017)
Research: Marine Ecology, Marine Population Connectivity, Restoration Ecology, Marine Invertebrates