Current Faculty

Below is an alphabetical listing of Current 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
Lynn Adler


Ecology and Evolution of Insect-Plant Interactions

R. Craig Albertson


Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Peter Alpert


Plant Ecology and Conservation Science

Courtney C. Babbitt

Assistant Professor of Biology and Commonwealth Honors College

Evolutionary Genomics

Madelaine E. Bartlett

Assistant Professor

Plant Evo-Devo

Tobias Baskin


Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development

Jeffrey Blanchard

Associate Professor

Anaerobic Microbiology, Microbial Ecology and Evolution, Genomics, Bioinformatics

Steven D. Brewer

Senior Lecturer II

Science Education; Instructional Technology

Bruce Byers

Associate Professor

Songbird Vocalizations

Ana L. Caicedo

Associate Professor

Plant Molecular Evolution and Evolutionary Genomics
Elizabeth A. Connor

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Development

Neuromuscular Junction: Development and Maintenance

Cristina Cox Fernandes

Lecturer/Adjunct Research Associate Professor

Diversity of Amazonian Fishes

Gerald B. Downes

Associate Professor

Motor Behavior and Epilepsy

Michelle Facette

Assistant Professor

Plant Biology

Karine Fenelon

Assistant Professor

Synaptic Transmission and Neural Circuits Underlying Sensory Information Filtering

Laura I. Francis

Senior Lecturer

Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function

Lillian Fritz-Laylin

Assistant Professor

Quantitative Evolutionary Cell Biology

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor

Integrative Eco-physiology - Environmental Physiology of Birds

Priyanjali Ghosh


Developmental Neurobiology

Samuel P. Hazen

Associate Professor

Regulatory Genomics of Plant Growth

Christiane I. Healey

Senior Lecturer

Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior

Peter W. Houlihan

Senior Lecturer II

Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Ecology, and Conservation Biology

Duncan J. Irschick


Functional Morphology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology

Elizabeth M. Jakob

Professor and Associate Dean for Student Success, Graduate School

Behavioral Ecologist

Jody Jellison


Plant Biology

Abigail Jensen

Associate Professor

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Vertebrate Retinal Development and Retinal Disease
Rolf O. Karlstrom


Developmental Neurobiology: Axon Guidance and Forebrain Patterning
Paul S. Katz

Professor and Director of Neuroscience

Evolution, Development, and Function of Neural Circuits underlying Behavior

Jeffrey Laney

Senior Lecturer II

Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics, and Molecular Biology

Skye Long


Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience

Kari D. Loomis


Cancer Genetics/ Cell signaling/ cell cycle regulation

Thomas J. Maresca

Associate Professor

Cell Division

Michele Markstein

Assistant Professor

Stem Cells and Cancer

Rosa Moscarella


Genetics Education

Benjamin Normark

Professor and Department Chair

Evolution of Unusual Genetic Systems

Akiko Okusu


Invertebrate Evolution and Phylogeny
Evolution Molluscan Bauplan
Molecular Systematics

Stephanie L. Padilla

Assistant Professor

Neural Circuits

Sarah Pallas

Associate Professor

Developmental Neuroscience, Sensory Neurophysiology

Randall W. Phillis

Associate Professor

Neurogenetics of Drosophila

Jeffrey Podos


Mechanisms and Evolution of Vertebrate Behavior; Bioacoustics

Adam Porter

Associate Professor

Evolutionary Biology; Computational Biology

Margaret Riley


Microbial Ecology and Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

Jessica M. Rocheleau


Molecular and Cellular Biology

Caleb M. Rounds

Senior Lecturer

Plant Physiology

Lawrence M. Schwartz

Eugene M. and Ronnie Isenberg Professor of Integrated Science

Programmed Cell Death

Tristram G. Seidler

Extension Assistant Professor/Curator

Plant Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation

Rachid Skouta

Research Assistant Professor

Chemistry and Biology

Andrew J. Spracklen


Actin Cytoskeleton & Cell Adhesion during Development

Elena Vazey

Assistant Professor

Neuromodulation and Neurodegeneration

Patricia Wadsworth


Mitotic spindle assembly and function

Elsbeth Walker


Plant Genetics and Physiology

Amanda Woerman

Assistant Professor

Neurodegeneration and Protein Misfolding

Caralyn Zehnder


Population & Community Ecology, Entomology, and Science Education

R. Thomas Zoeller


Thyroid Hormone Action on Brain Development and Environmental Disruption of Thyroid Hormone Action