Adjunct faculty

Below is an alphabetical listing of Adjunct/Research Biology faculty. Please note you can search by first or last name. All of Biology faculty are affiliated with at least one of the four interdisciplinary graduate programs and you can limit your search to only those faculty affiliated with a particular program. In addition, you can search for only those faculty who can chair graduate student Masters or PhD committees. And you can combine these criteria to further limit your search.

Name Title Research Interests
Patricia L. R. Brennan

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor

Evolutionary Biology and Behavioral Ecology

Theodore Castro-Santos

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Biomechanics and Behavior of Migratory Fishes; Bioengineering of Fish Passage Structures

Aaron M. Ellison

Adjunct Research Professor

Community Ecology

Kelly J. Gauger

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor

Molecular Pathways Involved in the Pathogenesis of Breast Cancer

Norman Johnson

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor

Stephen D. McCormick

Adjunct Professor

Environmental and endocrine control of osmoregulation, growth, migration, development and reproduction in teleosts, primarily anadromous fishes.

Alan L. Schneyer

Adjunct Professor

Role of activin, related growth factors and their antagonists in metabolism and reproduction

Rong Shao

Adjunct Research Associate Professor

Tumor angiogenesis, the new vasculature formation from pre-existing blood vessels, is a fundamental process required for tumor growth, and is initially triggered by elevated angiogenic factors that are mainly derived from tumor cells and tumor stroma cells. We recently have found that a secreted glycoprotein named YKL-40 has the ability to promote tumor vascular endothelial cell angiogenesis; thus promoting tumor progression and metastasis. Elevated YKL-40 may serve as a biomarker for the diagnosis and prognosis of breast cancer. A neutralizing anti-YKL-40 antibody can block tumor development and angiogenesis, suggestive of therapeutic means for inhibition of advanced cancers. In addition, we are interested in tumor cell-associated vascularization known as vasculogenic mimicry (VM), an alternative vascularization that is appreciated to play an important role in tumor development and progression of glioblastoma, one of the extremely aggressive and poorest prognostic brain tumors. Glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs) are found to participate in VM via transdifferentiation into vascular pericytes/smooth muscle cells. Identification of key molecules and their mechanisms that regulate tumor angiogenesis and VM will offer immense value for cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy.

Nagendra Yadava

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts

Mitochondrial Diseases, Dysfunction, and Biogenesis; Apoptosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Breast Cancer, and Aging