Biology
Department

The department offers courses in all aspects of the biological sciences from molecular biology through ecology and behavior, and from microorganisms through botany and zoology. Coursework includes laboratory and field experience, and independent study (which often involves working directly with a faculty member in his or her area of research). Students have access to modern technology and instrumentation: a scanning electron microscope, tissue culture laboratories, a cell and molecular biology laboratory suite, a large greenhouse, a vivarium, and the Vassar Farm with a 416-acre ecological preserve and a field station for environmental studies. Independent research is a prerequisite for departmental honors.

Assistant Professor of Biology
BA, Wesleyan University; PhD, Stanford University
Interests
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Next-Generation Sequencing
Associate Professor of Biology
BS, University of Winnipeg; MS, PhD, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Interests

Biogeochemistry

Assistant Professor of Biology
BS, Clemson University; MA, Brown University; MPH, Harvard University; PhD, Brown University
Interests

Epidemiology and public health
Cardiovascular physiology
Arterial stiffness and vascular hemodynamics
Target organ damage
Vascular brain injury

Lecturer and Lab Coordinator in Biology
BS, MS, Rutgers University; PhD, University of Kentucky
Faculty Research Associate in Biology
BA, Vassar College; PhD, University of Akron Main Campus
Associate Professor of Biology
BS, University of Georgia; MS, PhD, Georgia State University
Interests

Role of steroid hormones on Neuroprotection
Interaction between Steroid hormones and Neuroinflammation
Role of age and development on injury to the brain

Associate Professor of Biology and the Pauline Newman Director of Science, Technology, and Society
BS, University of Calgary; PhD, Saint Louis University
Associate Professor of Biology
BA, Pomona College; MS, California State University-Long Beach; PhD, Purdue University
Interests

Sensory Ecology
Animal Communication
Auditory Processing
Neuroethology

Assistant Professor of Biology on the Mary Clark Rockefeller Chair
BS, Loyola University New Orleans; PhD, Boston University
Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Biochemistry
BA, Luther College; PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Interests

Genetics
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Genetic Engineering
Stem Cell Biology
Epigenetics

Professor of Biology and Cognitive Science on the John Guy Vassar Chair
BA, College of the Atlantic; PhD, Duke University
Interests

Robotics
Biomechanics

Assistant Professor of Biology
BS, University of New Mexico; PhD, University of California-San Diego
Professor of Biology
BS, Stonehill College; MS, PhD, University of Rochester
Interests

Cell Biology
Genetics
Reproductive Bioethics

Professor of Biology
BA, Colorado College; MS, PhD, University of Washington
Interests

Biology; Plant Diversity & Evolution; Field Botany; Evolutionary Genetics; Ecology & Evolution of Sexual Reproduction

Associate Professor of Biology
BA, Oberlin College; BA, MS, University of California-Santa Cruz; PhD, Oregon State University
Associate Professor of Biology
BA, Earlham College; PhD, Washington University in St Louis
Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Biology
Interests

Neuroscience and Behavior; Stress Physiology; Evo-Devo; Science Communication

Associate Professor of Biology
BS, Willamette University; PhD, Boston University
Interests

Animal Behavioral Ecology; Life-History and Phenotypic Evolution; Embryonic and Larval Development; Predator-Prey Interactions