Biology Master's Program Faculty

The success of the FAU’s Biology Masters Science Program depends on its diverse and talented faculty. They are the mentors, advisors, and research colleagues that give the program its academic reputation and desirability for prospective students. In the list below only, only a FAU Biology Faculty member (including those with joint appointments) can be the Chair of a Student's Biology MS Committee. See MS Sponsor Verification Form. All others can be either on the Students Committee or as an Optional 4th member. See Supervisory Committee Requirements.

NameArea of Emphasis
Ajemian, MatthewFisheries ecology and conservation
Anderson, RindyBehavioral ecology, communication, cognition, sexual selection
Baldwin, John D.Population genetics and reproductive biology
Beerens, JamesAvian ecology
Benscoter, BrianPlant and wetland ecology and fire ecology
Bildstein, KeithAvian ecology
Binninger, DavidRole of oxidative damage to proteins in aging
Blakely, Randy D.Synaptic Genetics, Neurochemistry and Pharmacology; Animal Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders; Transporter Proteins and Psychoactive Drugs
Blanks, JanetMammalian retinal development, differentiation and neuroprotection
Bolton, M. McLeanDisorders of neural circuit function
Bossart, GregoryClinical domestic, marine mammal, fish, and avian medicine and wildlife pathology
Brandt, LauraWetland ecology, alligators
Bressler, StevenCognitive Neurodynamics
Brew, KeithDeveloping and evaluating a novel approach for OA treatment employing engineered proteins and other molecules that specifically block the enzymes responsible for degrading cartilage in OA
Brooks, RandyMarine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefs
Caputi, MassimomRNA processing, mRNA splicing regulation, HIV-1 replication, Bcl apoptotic gene family regulation
Carlsson, LeifComposite Material and Sandwich Structures, Solid Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis
Carvelli, LuciaMolecular mechanisms of drug addiction; pharmacology and physiology of dopaminergic synapses
Chiba, AkiraMolecular neuroscience
Christie, JasonMechanisms of synaptic signaling and computation
Claiborne, Brenda J.Neuronal development in human hippocampal formation and learning in aged individuals
Coen, LaurenOyster reef ecology, functioning and associated ecosystem services; marine habitat restoration; remote sensing and monitoring of intertidal habitats and water quality; benthic and shoreline ecology, plant-animal interactions
Cook, ClaytonMarine science
Dalgleish, FraserUnderwater laser imaging and communications, optical properties in marine environments, sensor networks and fluorescence imaging
Davis, MeganDevelop aquaculture species for food, stock enhancement and to ease fishing pressure on wild stocks
Davis, Ronald L.Molecular and cellular basis for learning; diseases that affect learning and memory
Dawson-Scully, Ken Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior genetics
Detwiler, KatePrimate hybridization and speciation, molecular primatology, primate behavioral ecology, conservation of African monkeys and their rainforest habitats
Devlin , Donna J.Plant-invertebrate effects on community composition, primarily in estuarine and marine settings (mangrove and salt marsh communities)
Dorn, NathanFreshwater ecology and community ecology
Encomio, VincentThe oyster reef restoration project: restoration of the oyster beds of the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon
Esiobu, NwadiutoEnvironmental microbiology, drug resistance and antimicrobiosis
Feller, IlkaAnimal-plant interactions; insect-plant interactions in estuarine and forested ecosystems
Fenton, AndreNeuro coordination, recording electrical brain activity
Fields, Gregg B.Extracellular matrix biochemistry, synthetic protein design and construction
Fitzpatrick, DavidFunctional organization and development of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex, neural basis of visual perception
Frank, TamaraZooplankton/nekton ecology and the visual ecology of marine animals
Frazier, Evelyn MarquesEntomology, plant/insect interactions
Gawlik, DaleAvian and wetland ecology
Gibble, RebekahWetland management and conservation
Godenschwege, TanjaMolecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discovery
Grill, BrockMolecular mechanisms of nervous system development
Guthrie, KathleenNeurobiology
Guzman-Ramirez , EstherDiscovery of novel cancer therapeutics including both development of novel molecular target based assays and determination of the mechanism of action of compounds
Hanisak, M. DennisPhysiological Ecology of Marine Plants (Macroalgae and Seagrasses), Nutrient Dynamics, Coral Reef Ecology, Biology of Deep-water Macroalgae, Aquaculture (particularly Marine Plant Cultivation)
Hart, KristenPopulation-level studies of the ecology of herpetofauna and other wildlife
Hartmann, James X.Immunotherapy for adult chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lupus
Herzing, DeniseMarine mammal behavior
Houghten, RichardThe tea bag method (solvent permeable packets used during polypeptide synthesis), combinatorial chemistry
Huang, XupeiCardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, molecular cardiology
Hueter, RobertAnatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and fisheries biology of sharks worldwide
Hughes, ColinEvolutionary and conservation genetics
Iragavarapu-Charyulu, VijayaImmunology, inflammation and cancer
Isgor, CeylanNeuromorphological, behavioral and molecular consequences of chronic, variable stress during peripubertal-juvenile period in rats
Ja, WilliamMolecular genetics of aging, behavior and disease
Jia, KailiangMolecular regulation of aging
Kajiura, StephenFunctional morphology and sensory biology of marine fish
Kamasawa, NaomiElectron microscopy
Kantorow, MarcThe molecular genetics of eye diseases including age-related human cataract and age-related macular degeneration
Keene, AlexNeurogenetics and the evolution of behavior
Kishi, ShujiGene identification and phenotype characterization; Age-related disorders in humans, using zebrafish as a model system
Klofstad, CaseySocietal and biological influences on human behavior
Koch-Rose, MargueriteMarine botany, nutrient cycling and climate change in tropical marine systems
Kumi-Diaka, J. K.Reproductive pathophysiology and oncology
Kwon, HyungbaeUnderstanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of experience-dependent neural circuit modification using a mouse model
Lapointe, BrianAlgal physiology and biochemistry, seagrass and coral reef ecology, eutrophication, marine bioinvasions, marine conservation
Laramore, SusanAquatic animal health issues, including biosecurity and disease prevention; aquatic diseases of aquacultured species, with an emphasis on viral diseases of crustaceans and parasitic diseases of bivalves
Li, ZhongweiRNA metabolism, oxidative stress, biodefense
Lu, MichaelRNA metabolism, RNA therapy, bacterial genomics
Lyons, JayCellular physiology and cell signaling processes
Macleod, GregMitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and aging
Mansfield, KateMarine biology and vertebrate zoology with an emphasis on sea turtle ecology, behavior, habitat use, and conservation
Martemyanov, KirillStriatal signaling and drug addiction, G protein signal transduction pathways, molecular mechanisms of vision
McCarthy, PeterCultivation and identification of the symbiotic microbes present in deep-water marine sponges; screening for novel antimicrobial agents from marine invertebrates and microbes; and finding biotechnological applications for microbial products
Miller, CourtneyNeurobiological underpinnings of memory disorders, with the goal of developing novel therapeutics
Miller, DebraPathology of wildlife and exotic species (especially amphibians, sea turtles and marine mammals)
Milton, Sarah L.Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiology
Mitsova, DianaEnvironmental modeling, climate change, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, land cover change modeling, network analysis, hazard assessment
Moore, JonEcology, evolution, and distribution of fishes, biology of deep-sea animals, conservation and biodiversity of scrub and flatwood habitats in Florida, and herpetology
Murphey, RodDevelopment and degeneration of synapses
Narayanan, RamaswamyBioinformatics, cancer gene discovery and drug discovery
Noonburg, ErikEcological modeling
O'Corry-Crowe, GregInvestigating interactions between these apex predators and their environment
Oleinik, AntonCenozoic stratigraphy, molluscan paleontology, paleobiogeography and paleoclimates of high-latitude regions
Oleinikov, AndrewMalaria studies with emphasis on mechanisms of sequestration of infected erythrocytes, protective immune response and vaccine development, anti-adhesion drugs; high throughput and engineering approaches to advance studies of complex biological systems
Osman, RickEcology of populations and communities of marine and estuarine animals that live on the seafloor or in the seafloor sediments
Paegel, BrianAssembly of cell-like compartments
Paul, ValerieEcological roles of marine natural products, impact of toxic cyanobacterial (Lynbya spp.) blooms on coral reef habitats
Perry, GaryMolecular and cellular mechanisms regulating cell growth during neural development, regeneration, plasticity and neo-plasticity; SIDS; educational neuroscience: brain-based learning
Pomponi, ShirleyDeveloping in vitro techniques for production of sponge-derived bioactive molecules
Ponzio, KimberliWetland ecology
Porter, Marianne E.Biomechanics and functional morphology and physiology
Prentice, HowardHypoxia and the cardiovascular system
Proffitt, C. EdwardEcology of marine macrophytes and invertebrates
Puthanveettil, SathyanarayananMolecular and cellular basis of long-term memory storage and its disorders
Rathinavelu, AppuStandardization and application of real-time PCR techniques in gene expression
Romanach, StephanieWildlife ecology, ecological models
Rumbaugh, GavinHow synaptic proteins actively contribute to memory formation and storage
Rusenko, KirtSea Turtle Conservation and Research
Salmon, MichaelAnimal behavior
Saunders, Mary JanePlant biology, nanostructures, electron microscopy
Scarpa, JohnBivalve aquaculture (hard clam culture and breeding in response to climate change); oyster stock enhancement and restoration ecology; crustacean aquaculture (marine shrimp in low-salinity systems for inland aquaculture); fish aquaculture (nutrition and its effects on fish health); tunicate culture (biomedical and bioremediation applications); integrated multi-trophic aquaculture
Schummers, JamesCortical circuits
Shen, WenNeurophysiology, receptor pharmacology, synapsis, glutamate toxicity
Shibata, YoshimiImmunology
Smith, NedPhysical oceanography, air-sea interaction in estuarine and continental shelf waters, wind-driven and tidal transport processes, low-frequency variations in water levels, local air-water heat energy exchanges
Smith, RoyBasis of metabolic diseases and identifying the physiological changes that cause loss of function during aging
Stackman, Jr., Robert W.Learning and memory
Stewart, KellyMarine vertebrate ecology and behavior, population dynamics and genetics, biogeography, threatened species biology and conservation and field biology
Sutton, Tracey T.Quantitative ecology and structure of marine ecosystems
Taniguchi, Hiroki Development and function of inhibitory neural circuits
Tao, RuiNeural circuits affected by drug abuse, Psychostimulant-induced hallucinations, Environmental factor-dependent effects of psychostimulants
Theisen, Tim C.Movement patterns, population structure and physiology of marine fish
Thompson, NancyMarine science
Tomchik, SethNeuromodulation of memory circuits, neuronal circuits and behavior, imaging brain function in health and disease
Van de Ven, WimConvertase, cancer
Vertes, RobertBehavioral neuroscience, functional organization of the brainstem and its role in controlling the activity of the forebrain and neurophysiology of sleep
Volin, JohnConservation biology
Voss, JoshuaCoral reef ecology, development of advance molecular technologies with field-based ecological applications, molecular profiling of bacterial communities, marine conservation and management, integration within and among academic disciplines
Wang, GuojunMarine natural product biosynthesis and drug discovery, microbial genetics, genome mining, metagenomics, single cell genomics, enzyme function and engineering, metabolic engineering, and medicinal chemistry
Wei, JianningNeurodegenerative disorders
Weissbach, Herbert Effect of oxidative stress on normal and cancer cells
Wetterer, JamesBiogeography, ecology, and environmental impact of ants,biogeography and ecology of West Indian ants, distribution, impact, and control of exotic ants, impact of exotic ants on hatchling sea turtles in Florida
Widder, EdithProtection and restoration of marine ecosystems, and the species they sustain
Wills, PaulAquaculture of finfish for food and stock enhancement; development of new fish species for aquaculture
Wojcikiewicz, EwaInflammation and cancer research
Wright, AmyInvestigation of marine natural products from marine invertebrates and associated bacterial symbionts
Wu, Jang YenNeurotransmission and brain disorders
Wyneken, JeanetteIntegrative biology, comparative and functional morphology
Xu, BaojiHow neural circuits are formed, modified, and maintained in the brain
Yasuda, RyoheiNeuronal signal transduction
Young, JoySpawning dynamics
Zhang, Xing-HaiPlant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology