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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. John Bracht, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Biology

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    (202) 885-2189

  3. 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

  4. 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 fitness. Her expertise includes molecular, biochemica… More

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  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. Adele Doperalski, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Biology

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  8. Daniel Fong, Associate Professor

    CAS - Biology

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    (202) 885-2174

  9. Jolynn Gardner, Director, Public Health Program

    CAS - Health Studies

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    (202) 885-3943

  10. 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

  11. W. Wade Kothmann, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Biology

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    (202) 885-3978

  12. 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

  13. 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 decision making. My laboratory uses a systems and… More

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    (202) 885-2116

  14. Hongmei Ma, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Biology

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  15. Wanda Mable-Young, Senior Administrative Assistant

    CAS - Biology

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    (202) 885-2178

  16. 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

  17. Tovah Salcedo, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Biology

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  18. 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 the biological foundations of human gender and sexua… More

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    (202) 885-2175

  19. 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 the Division of Engineering Education and Centers. S… More

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    (202) 885-6824

  20. 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

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

    CAS - Biology

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  22. 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. Robert Jernigan, Professor

    CAS - Math & Statistics

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

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    (202) 885-3170

  2. Kiho Kim, Professor

    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

  3. 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

  4. Stephen MacAvoy, Department Chair, Environmental Science

    CAS - Environmental Science

    Working in biogeochemistry and ecology, Professor MacAvoy has been particularly interested in areas where marine and freshwater systems interface such as those that appear in tidal aquatic environments. Dr. MacAvoy is also interested in how nutrients… More

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    (202) 885-3003

  5. Elizabeth Malloy, Associate Professor

    CAS - Math & Statistics

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    (202) 885-3614

  6. 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