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Lynne Arneson Premed Advisor CAS - Biology

Following an education in the Midwest culminating in a PhD in Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, Professor Arneson began teaching students in the Department of Biology at American University i

  larneso@american.edu

  (202) 885-2186

David Carlini Associate Professor CAS - Biology

I am interested in molecular evolution and empirical population genetics. Current projects in my lab include: 1) transcriptome profiling of cave and surface populations of freshwater crustaceans, with

  carlini@american.edu

  (202) 885-2184

Brenda Chow Professorial Lecturer CAS - Biology

Dr. Brenda Chow is a molecular biologist whose research interests include understanding how environmental signals (such as light and temperature) regulate the circadian clock to improve growth and fit

  bchow@american.edu

  (202) 885-6824

Victoria Connaughton Associate Professor

Dr. Connaughton’s research interests encompass the disciplines of developmental biology (nervous system development) and neurobiology. Specifically, she is interested in examining the relation between

  vconn@american.edu

  (202) 885-2188

Jolynn Gardner Director, Public Health Program CAS - Health Studies

Jolynn Gardner is the Director of the Public Health Program in the Department of Health Studies. Dr. Gardner has over 25 years of experience in undergraduate Public Health education. She earned a do

  jgardner@american.edu

  (202) 885-3943

Jeffrey Kaplan Associate Professor CAS - Biology

Kaplan’s lab studies bacterial biofilms, which are thin, slimy layers of bacteria that grow on surfaces exposed to a liquid. Biofilms grow on rocks in streams, inside pipes, on teeth, and on implanted

  kaplanjb@american.edu

  (202) 885-2113

Naden Krogan Assistant Professor CAS - Biology

Dr. Krogan is a developmental biologist interested in how gene regulation guides the formation of complex tissues and organs in eukaryotes. The proper arrangement of these structures usually requires

  nkrogan@american.edu

  (202) 885-2203

Mark Laubach Professor CAS - Biology

I am a neurobiologist interested in how groups of neurons work together to process information. My research has focused on the frontal cortex and basal ganglia and their roles in executive control and

  mark.laubach@american.edu

  (202) 885-2116

Sarah Marvar Professorial Lecturer CAS - Biology

Dr Sarah Marvar is a renal physiologist and her research has focused on the role of the kidney in hypertension and the influence of oxidative free radicals in renal injury. Dr Marvar is currently work

  sknight@american.edu

  (202) 885-6538

Colin Saldanha Professor CAS - Biology

Hormones are profound modulators of brain structure and function; with influences that span the lifetime of an organism. The muti-faceted and pluripotent neural effects of steroids require that a spec

  saldanha@american.edu

  (202) 885-2156

Catherine Schaeff Associate Professor CAS - Biology

Dr. Schaeff's training is in behavior and evolutionary biology. Her research interests include behavior, conservation biology, molecular ecology and most recently, human sexual identity – examining th

  schaeff@american.edu

  (202) 885-2175

Laurie Stepanek Professorial Lecturer CAS - Biology

Dr. Stepanek came to AU to teach and develop curriculum for the undergraduate Neuroscience major. She was previously an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in th

  stepanek@american.edu

  (202) 885-6824

Christopher Tudge Associate Professor CAS - Biology

Dr. Tudge is primarily a reproductive biologist with particular interests in the reproductive biology of invertebrates. His research focuses on the reproductive cells and associated structures, evolut

  ctudge@american.edu

  (202) 885-2033

Nancy Zeller Adjunct Professorial Lecturer CAS - Dean's Office

Dr. Zeller's research centers on developing interactive laboratory experiences to heighten interest and awareness of the scientific process and biological principles. She has developed lab exercises f

  nzeller@american.edu

  (202) 885-2191