Faculty & Staff

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Janice Voltzow

Professor; Department Chair

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B.S., Yale University
Ph.D., Duke University

Invertebrate functional morphology, focusing mainly on gastropod molluscs. Marine Biology.

Director of the Magis Honors Program in STEM; Director of the Royal Scholars Program; Core faculty for Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies


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Timothy Cadigan, S.J.

Assistant Professor

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B.S., St. Louis University
M.Div., Th.M. Weston School of Theology
M.S., Ph.D., Georgetown University

Responses of the immune system to malaria infection and how these responses change during pregnancy. Changes in the micro-architecture of the placenta brought about by presence of, and stresses induced by, malarial infection. Faculty Student Research Program (FSRP): Effects of acid mine drainage on the ethic micro communities in the Lackawanna River.

Works as a Catholic priest on campus and in the diocese of Scranton, Celebration of the Sacraments, Spiritual Direction and Counseling. Co-moderator of the Students for Life Club.

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Bryan R. Crable, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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B.S., Saint Vincent College
M.S., Duquesne University
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Dr. Crable focuses on the fields of microbial physiology, environmental microbiology, and microbial biotechnology. Dr. Crable’s research laboratory applies findings in these fields to develop and advance solutions for the world’s biggest problems – challenges like access to clean drinking water, overreliance on fossilized fuel sources, and the environmental fate and transport of environmental pollutants. Dr. Crable teaches Introductory Medical Microbiology (BIOL 210) and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory (BIOL 250L).

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Ashley Driver

Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Driver’s research incorporates cellular, molecular, and developmental biology to understand mechanisms of early mammalian forebrain development. Her current work involves using human and mouse cell lines to investigate the impact cholesterol biosynthesis has on neural cell structure and function. Dr. Driver will be teaching Cellular Biology (BIOL 350) and Developmental Biology (BIOL 351) lectures and laboratories in Academic Year (AY) 2020-21.

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Vincent Farallo

Assistant Professor

B.S., John Carroll University
M.S., Texas State University, San Marcos
Ph.D., Ohio University

Dr. Farallo's research focuses on the ecology and physiology of reptiles and amphibians, primarily Plethodontid salamanders, to help better understand how species will be impacted by changing environments. His current research is focused primarily on the thermal limits, metabolism, and water loss rates of these salamanders, which can be used to create species distribution models. Dr. Farallo will be teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 110/111) lectures, General Physiology (BIOL 245L) laboratories, and Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology (PSIO 221) lecture and laboratories in AY 2020-21.

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Tara Hamilton-Fay

Faculty Specialist

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B.S., University of Massachusetts
M.S., University of Colorado

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Coordinator of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories (BIOL 110L/111L) and instructor in Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 110/111), General Physiology Laboratory (BIOL 245L), and Extreme Physiology (BIOL 395). Prof. Fay also is an Assessment Fellow in the Office of Educational Assessment

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Spencer Galen

Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Delaware
M.S., University of New Mexico
Ph.D., Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History

Dr. Galen investigates the evolution of host-symbiont interactions across spatial and temporal scales. His research largely encompasses studies on the diversification of symbionts and their hosts; molecular evolution of host-symbiont co-evolutionary interactions; and symbiont community ecology. His current projects examine the evolution of host specificity within the malaria parasites, and how this trait impacts the diversification and distribution of these parasites. Dr. Galen will be teaching General Biology (BIOL 141) lecture, General Physiology (BIOL 245L) laboratories, and Science and the Human Environment (NSCI 201) lecture in AY 2020-21.

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Christopher Howey

Assistant Professor

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B.S., University of Delaware
M.S., University of Central Arkansas
Ph.D., Ohio University

Dr. Howey's research focuses on understanding how landscape disturbances affect reptile and amphibian ecology and physiology. Following a disturbance to preferred habitat characteristics, how does this affect behaviors, habitat use, performance, stress levels and individual fitness? Dr. Howey's teaching incorporates classes covering these same fields of study, as he teaches Ecology (BIOL 371), Science and the Human Environment (NSCI 201), General Physiology (BIOL 245), Cellular and Integrative Physiology (PSIO 320), and Biostatistics (BIOL 379).

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David Ingber

Faculty Specialist

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B.S., State University of New York at Oswego
M.S., Iowa State University
Ph.D., University of Delaware

Dr. Ingber is the coordinator of the General Biology Laboratories (BIOL 141L/142L) and an instructor of General Biology (BIOL 141/142). Dr. Ingber has studied the evolution of Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) resistance in species of insect pests of corn as a response to transgenic corn hybrids. His research interests are in the fields of entomology, integrated pest management (IPM), insect resistance management (IRM), invertebrate zoology, ecology, and evolution.

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Rafeiza Khan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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B.S., University of Guyana
M.S., University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
Ph.D., University of Missouri - St. Louis

My research interest is to gain a deeper mechanistic insight into cell signaling pathways that regulate how plant roots develop in response to their environment. The main focus is on signaling pathways that regulate root development through interaction between the actin cytoskeleton and endomembrane systems. The cytoskeleton is a dynamic network of filamentous proteins on which cellular organelles traffics and carbohydrate precursors travels to build the plant cell wall. It also plays a significant role in plant adaptation to many different abiotic and biotic stresses. However, while studies have indicated that the actin cytoskeleton and endomembrane systems coordinate their activity to regulate several fundamental biological processes, the molecular machinery that connect these two cellular components in dictating root development remains limited. Therefore, to elucidate the molecular targets linking these two cellular components in orchestrating root development we performed genetic screens with mutagenized Arabidopsis seeds. Through these screens and live cell imaging several mutants with defective root phenotypes were isolated. Hence, my long-term goal is to identify these defective genes and use genetic, molecular and cell biology approaches to characterize the role of the proteins in mediating crosstalk between the actin cytoskeleton and endomembrane system in facilitating root development.

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Cara A. Krieg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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B.A., Grinnell College
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. Krieg studies the social behavior of wild birds using tools from the fields of ecology, evolution, neurobiology, and physiology. Her current work focuses on the form and function of understudied female behaviors. Dr. Krieg teaches Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIOL 241), Science and the Human Environment (NSCI 201), General Biology (BIOL 142), and Animal Behavior Laboratory (BIOL 370L).

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Gary Kwiecinski


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B.S., Cornell University
M.S., Rutgers University
Ph.D., Cornell University

Reproductive endocrinology and physiological adaptations of vertebrates, especially mammals; bats biology and biogeography in the Carribean.

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Amelia Randich

Assistant Professor

B.A., Grinnell College
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Dr. Randich’s work is focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial morphogenesis and the evolutionary trajectories that shape it. Her lab uses a mixture of phylogenetics, bioinformatics, cell biology, and biochemistry to study morphogenesis in diverse alphaproteobacterial species and to answer questions such as: Why do bacteria have certain shapes? What are the molecular underpinnings of specific morphologies? How do bacteria evolve new ones? Dr. Randich will be teaching Microbiology (BIOL 250) lecture and laboratory in AY 2020-21.

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Anne Royer

Assistant Professor

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B.A., Oberlin College
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. Royer investigates the evolutionary ecology of interspecific interactions, primarily plant-pollinator systems. Her work utilizes diverse tools, from quantitative genetics and population genomics to community ecology, to understand how biological diversity is produced and maintained. Dr. Royer teaches General Biology (BIOL 141/142), Science and the Human Environment (NSCI 201), Evolution (BIOL 375) and Biostatistics (BIOL 379).

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Marc Seid

Associate Professor

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B.S., M.S., Brigham Young University
Ph.D., Boston University

Behavioral neurobiology and brain morphology in ants.

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Robert Smith

Professor; Environmental Science Program Co-Director

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B.S., Alma College
M.S., Central Michigan University
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi

Plant/animal migration; behavior, ecology, ecophysiology and conservation of Nearctic/Neotropical landbird migrants; physiological linkages between phases of an organism's annual life cycle.

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Jong-Hyun Son

Assistant Professor

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B.S., Dankook University, Korea
M.S., Western Illinois University
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Dr. Son's research focuses on mechanisms of neurodevelopment and diseases related to dysfunctional development. Using a zebrafish model, he currently employs cellular and molecular strategies to study the genetics and logic of brain connectivity (e.g., axon pathfinding and synaptic connectivity) and diseases of development, particularly prematurity, hypoxia, and cerebral palsy. Dr. Son teaches General Biology Lecture (BIOL 141), Genetics Lecture (BIOL 260), Neuroscience Research Literature Seminar (NEUR 111), and Neuroscience Research Methods (NEUR 330).

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Maria Squire

Associate Professor

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B.S., The University of Scranton
M.S., Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Bone biology, Influence of genetics and gender on bone and skeletal mechanosensitivity.

Dr. Squire is Faculty Advisor for Alpha Epsilon Delta.

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Terrence Sweeney

Professor; Physiology Program Director

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B.A., Colgate University
M.S., Ph.D., University of Rochester

Cardiovascular and microvascular physiology; cardiovascular modeling; Extreme Physiology travel course.

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Robert Waldeck

Associate Professor; Neuroscience Program Director

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B.A., Lehigh University
M.P.A., University of Delaware
M.A., Ph.D., Temple University

Neural basis of behavior; modification of synapses and neural circuits under normal and injured conditions.

Dr. Waldeck is Program Director of the Neuroscience Program. He also is part of the core faculty for Neuroscience.


Elizabeth T. Chalk

Faculty Secretary

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