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Lynne Arneson Director, Premedical Program 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

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Meg Bentley Sr Professorial Lecturer 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 p

  mbentley@american.edu

  (202) 885-2196

John Bracht Assistant Professor CAS - Biology

Bracht Lab Website Bracht Lab Research Interests: For an organism to survive, the genome, the complete set of DNA in a cell, must be stably maintained and correctly regulated. Given the central impor

  jbracht@american.edu

  (202) 885-2189

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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) 885-3921

Victoria Connaughton Associate Professor CAS - Biology

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

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Jeffrey Kaplan 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

W. Wade Kothmann Professorial Lecturer CAS - Biology

Dr. Kothmann received his PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where he studied signal transduction pathways that mediate adaptive reorganization of retinal circuits in re

  wade.kothmann.au@american.edu

  (202) 885-3978

Naden Krogan Associate 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

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Mark Laubach Professor CAS - Biology

I am a neurobiologist interested in goal-directed behavior. My laboratory is focused on the roles of the prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia in executive control and decision making. Core methods incl

  laubach@american.edu

  (202) 885-2116

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Sarah Marvar Sr 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

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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

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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

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Kathryn Walters-Conte Director, Professional Sciences Masters in Biotechnology CAS - Biology

“Dr Walters” is the coordinator for science outreach and interdisciplinary programs for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the Principle Investigator and Program Director for the AU I-CORPS site

  kwalt@american.edu

  (202) 885-6825