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  1. Colin Saldanha, Professor and Department Chair, Biology

    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 specific hormone be delivered to the right target at p… More

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    (202) 885-2156

  1. 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 in 2001.  She became the Premedical Programs Coordi… More

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    (202) 885-2186

  2. Meg Bentley, Director in Residence of Laboratories

    CAS - Biology

    I earned a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Northwestern University studying the role of protein ubiquitination and the APC/C complex in Drosophila melongaster. After research and teaching post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School… More

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    (202) 885-2196

  3. John Bracht, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Biology

    The totality of DNA in a cell is its genome, and for an organism to survive, its genome must be stably maintained and properly regulated. The fundamental question I am addressing is: How is genome architecture established and maintained in healthy ce… More

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    (202) 885-2189

  4. David Carlini, Associate Professor

    CAS - Biology

    I am interested in molecular evolution and empirical population genetics. A major research focus of my lab is the functional significance of genetic variation in protein-coding genes, with a particular emphasis on synonymous variation, as it may impa… More

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    (202) 885-2184

  5. 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 visually-guided behaviors in larval teleosts and … More

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    (202) 885-2188

  6. Katie DeCicco-Skinner, Associate Professor

    CAS - Biology

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  7. Daniel Fong, Associate Professor

    CAS - Biology

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    (202) 885-2174

  8. Jolynn Gardner, Director, Public Health Program

    CAS - Health Studies

    Jolynn Gardner is the Director of American University’s Public Health Program. She earned a doctorate in Community Health Education and Health Services Administration from The Ohio State University and she is certified as a Health Education Specialis… More

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    (202) 885-3943

  9. 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 medical devices such as mechanical heart valves a… More

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    (202) 885-2113

  10. W. Wade Kothmann, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Biology

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    (202) 885-3978

  11. 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 precise spatial control of fate-specifying genes, … More

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    (202) 885-2203

  12. Mark Laubach, Associate 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 decision making. My laboratory uses a systems and… More

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    (202) 885-2116

  13. Wanda Mable-Young, Senior Administrative Assistant

    CAS - Biology

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    (202) 885-2178

  14. 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 working on introducing Open Educational Resources for … More

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    (202) 885-6538

  15. Tovah Salcedo, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Biology

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  16. Catherine Schaeff, Associate Professor

    CAS - Biology

    Dr. Schaeff's main research interests are conservation biology, molecular ecology and behavior. She uses molecular DNA techniques in conjunction with behavioral data to investigate gene flow patterns within and between populations (e.g., right whales… More

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    (202) 885-2175

  17. 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, evolutionary mechanisms, and reproductive behaviors of m… More

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    (202) 885-2033

  18. Kathryn Walters-Conte, Director, Professional Sciences Masters in Biotechnology

    CAS - Biology

    Dr. Walters research is focused on the molecular evolution of mammalian transposable elements. Using molecular and computational biology approaches, Kathryn surveys, describes, and has developed models of proliferation for short interspersed elements… More

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  19. 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 for all ages from elementary students to undergradu… More

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    (202) 885-2191


Affiliate Faculty

  1. David Culver, Professor Emeritus

    David C. Culver did his undergraduate work at Grinnell College and his PhD at Yale University.The author or editor of five books and over 100 articles, he has studied many aspects of the biology of subterranean animals, especially cave animals.His fi… More

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    (202) 885-2180

  2. Robert Jernigan, Professor

    CAS - Math & Statistics

    Robert W. Jernigan holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida and is a Professor of Statistics at AU. He was formerly Senior Statistician, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Statistical Policy Branch and Visiting Researcher at the Smithson… More

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    (202) 885-3170

  3. Kiho Kim, Department Chair, Environmental Science

    CAS - Environmental Science

    Dr. Kim is a marine ecologist specializing in tropical coral reefs. His research focuses on understanding the role of diseases in marine ecosystems and the synergistic effects of environmental factors, such as nutrient pollution and climate change, i… More

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    (202) 885-2181

  4. Monika Konaklieva, Associate Professor

    CAS - Chemistry

    Dr. Konaklieva’s research is in the area of exploring different approaches for delaying of microbial resistance. Current projects include computer-aided design and synthesis of novel beta-lactams as well as development of synthetic methodology for pr… More

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    (202) 885-1777

  5. Stephen MacAvoy, Associate Professor

    CAS - Environmental Science

    Working in biogeochemistry and ecology, I've been particularly interested in areas where marine and freshwater systems interface such as those that appear in tidal aquatic environments. I'm also interested in how nutrients flow through and are utiliz… More

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    (202) 885-3003

  6. Elizabeth Malloy, Associate Professor

    CAS - Math & Statistics

    Professor Malloy received her PhD in Statistics from the University of New Mexico and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include functional data analysis, biostatistics,… More

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    (202) 885-3614

  7. Anthony Riley, Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Dr. Riley received his undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina and obtained his PhD from the University of Washington. He did a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacology at Dalhousie University in Canada. He joined the faculty at Am… More

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    (202) 885-1720