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 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 EmphasisInstitution
Ajemian, MatthewFisheries ecology and conservationFAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Anderson, RindyBehavioral ecology, communication, cognition, sexual selectionFAU College of Science
Baldwin, John D.Population genetics and reproductive biologyFAU College of Science
Beerens, JamesAvian ecologyU.S. Geological Survey
Benscoter, BrianPlant and wetland ecology and fire ecologyFAU College of Science
Bildstein, KeithAvian ecologyAcopian Center, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Binninger, DavidRole of oxidative damage to proteins in agingFAU College of Science
Blakely, Randy D.Synaptic Genetics, Neurochemistry and Pharmacology; Animal Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders; Transporter Proteins and Psychoactive DrugsBrain Institute, FAU
Blanks, JanetMammalian retinal development, differentiation and neuroprotectionFAU College of Science Office of the Dean
Bolton, M. McLeanDisorders of neural circuit functionMax Planck Florida Institute
Bossart, GregoryClinical domestic, marine mammal, fish, and avian medicine and wildlife pathologyGeorgia Aquarium
Brandt, LauraWetland ecology, alligatorsU.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
Bressler, StevenCognitive NeurodynamicsFAU Psychology and Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
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 OAFAU College of Medicine
Brooks, RandyMarine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefsFAU College of Science
Caputi, MassimomRNA processing, mRNA splicing regulation, HIV-1 replication, Bcl apoptotic gene family regulationFAU College of Medicine
Carlsson, LeifComposite Material and Sandwich Structures, Solid Mechanics, Finite Element AnalysisFAU College of Engineering and Computer Science
Carvelli, LuciaMolecular mechanisms of drug addiction; pharmacology and physiology of dopaminergic synapsesFAU Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Chiba, AkiraMolecular neuroscienceBiology University of Miami
Christie, JasonMechanisms of synaptic signaling and computationMax Planck Florida Institute
Claiborne, Brenda J.Neuronal development in human hippocampal formation and learning in aged individualsFAU College of Science
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 interactionsFlorida Gulf Coast University
Cook, ClaytonMarine scienceHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Dalgleish, FraserUnderwater laser imaging and communications, optical properties in marine environments, sensor networks and fluorescence imagingHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Davis, MeganDevelop aquaculture species for food, stock enhancement and to ease fishing pressure on wild stocksHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Davis, Ronald L.Molecular and cellular basis for learning; diseases that affect learning and memoryThe Scripps Research Institute
Dawson-Scully, Ken Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior geneticsFAU College of Science
Detwiler, KatePrimate hybridization and speciation, molecular primatology, primate behavioral ecology, conservation of African monkeys and their rainforest habitatsFAU College of Arts and Letters
Devlin , Donna J.Plant-invertebrate effects on community composition, primarily in estuarine and marine settings (mangrove and salt marsh communities)Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Dorn, NathanFreshwater ecology and community ecologyFAU College of Science
Encomio, VincentThe oyster reef restoration project: restoration of the oyster beds of the St. Lucie River and Indian River LagoonFlorida Oceanographic Society
Esiobu, NwadiutoEnvironmental microbiology, drug resistance and antimicrobiosisFAU College of Science
Feller, IlkaAnimal-plant interactions; insect-plant interactions in estuarine and forested ecosystemsSmithsonian Environmental Research Center
Fenton, AndreNeuro coordination, recording electrical brain activityCenter for Neural Science, New York University
Fields, Gregg B.Extracellular matrix biochemistry, synthetic protein design and constructionFAU Chemistry and Biochemistry; Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Fitzpatrick, DavidFunctional organization and development of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex, neural basis of visual perceptionMax Planck Florida Institute
Frank, TamaraZooplankton/nekton ecology and the visual ecology of marine animalsHalmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Nova Southestern University
Frazier, Evelyn MarquesEntomology, plant/insect interactionsFAU College of Science
Gawlik, DaleAvian and wetland ecologyFAU College of Science
Gibble, RebekahWetland management and conservationArthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Godenschwege, TanjaMolecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discoveryFAU College of Science
Grill, BrockMolecular mechanisms of nervous system developmentThe Scripps Research Institute
Guthrie, KathleenNeurobiologyBiomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Guzman-Ramirez , EstherDiscovery of novel cancer therapeutics including both development of novel molecular target based assays and determination of the mechanism of action of compoundsHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
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)Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Hart, KristenPopulation-level studies of the ecology of herpetofauna and other wildlifeU.S. Geological Survey
Hartmann, James X.Immunotherapy for adult chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lupusFAU College of Science
Herzing, DeniseMarine mammal behaviorWild Dolphin Project
Houghten, RichardThe tea bag method (solvent permeable packets used during polypeptide synthesis), combinatorial chemistryTorrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
Huang, XupeiCardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, molecular cardiologyBiomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Hueter, RobertAnatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and fisheries biology of sharks worldwideMote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Hughes, ColinEvolutionary and conservation geneticsFAU College of Science
Iragavarapu-Charyulu, VijayaImmunology, inflammation and cancerFAU Biomedical Science
Isgor, CeylanNeuromorphological, behavioral and molecular consequences of chronic, variable stress during peripubertal-juvenile period in ratsBiomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Ja, WilliamMolecular genetics of aging, behavior and diseaseThe Scripps Research Institute
Jia, KailiangMolecular regulation of agingFAU College of Science
Kajiura, StephenFunctional morphology and sensory biology of marine fishFAU College of Science
Kamasawa, NaomiElectron microscopyMax Planck Florida Institute
Kantorow, MarcThe molecular genetics of eye diseases including age-related human cataract and age-related macular degenerationBiomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Keene, AlexNeurogenetics and the evolution of behaviorFAU College of Science
Kishi, ShujiGene identification and phenotype characterization; Age-related disorders in humans, using zebrafish as a model systemThe Scripps Research Institute
Klofstad, CaseySocietal and biological influences on human behaviorDepartment of Political Science, University of Miami
Koch-Rose, MargueriteMarine botany, nutrient cycling and climate change in tropical marine systemsFAU College of Science
Kumi-Diaka, J. K.Reproductive pathophysiology and oncologyFAU College of Science
Kwon, HyungbaeUnderstanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of experience-dependent neural circuit modification using a mouse modelMax Planck Florida Institute
Lapointe, BrianAlgal physiology and biochemistry, seagrass and coral reef ecology, eutrophication, marine bioinvasions, marine conservationHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
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 bivalvesHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Li, ZhongweiRNA metabolism, oxidative stress, biodefenseBiomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Lu, MichaelRNA metabolism, RNA therapy, bacterial genomicsBiomedical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Lyons, JayCellular physiology and cell signaling processesFAU College of Science
Macleod, GregMitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and agingFAU College of Science
Mansfield, KateMarine biology and vertebrate zoology with an emphasis on sea turtle ecology, behavior, habitat use, and conservationBiology University of Central Florida
Martemyanov, KirillStriatal signaling and drug addiction, G protein signal transduction pathways, molecular mechanisms of visionDepartment of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute
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 productsHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Miller, CourtneyNeurobiological underpinnings of memory disorders, with the goal of developing novel therapeuticsDepartment of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute
Miller, DebraPathology of wildlife and exotic species (especially amphibians, sea turtles and marine mammals)Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee
Milton, Sarah L.Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiologyFAU College of Science
Mitsova, DianaEnvironmental modeling, climate change, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, land cover change modeling, network analysis, hazard assessmentSchool of Urban and Regional Planning, FAU
Moore, JonEcology, evolution, and distribution of fishes, biology of deep-sea animals, conservation and biodiversity of scrub and flatwood habitats in Florida, and herpetologyDepartment of Math/Sciences, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, FAU
Murphey, RodDevelopment and degeneration of synapsesFAU College of Science
Narayanan, RamaswamyBioinformatics, cancer gene discovery and drug discoveryFAU College of Science
Noonburg, ErikEcological modelingFAU College of Science
O'Corry-Crowe, GregInvestigating interactions between these apex predators and their environmentHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Oleinik, AntonCenozoic stratigraphy, molluscan paleontology, paleobiogeography and paleoclimates of high-latitude regionsDepartment of Geosciences, FAU
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 systemsDepartment of Biomedical Science, FAU
Osman, RickEcology of populations and communities of marine and estuarine animals that live on the seafloor or in the seafloor sedimentsSmithsonian Environmental Research Center
Paegel, BrianAssembly of cell-like compartmentsDepartment of Molecular Therapeutics, The Scripps Research Institute
Paul, ValerieEcological roles of marine natural products, impact of toxic cyanobacterial (Lynbya spp.) blooms on coral reef habitatsSmithsonian Marine Station
Perry, GaryMolecular and cellular mechanisms regulating cell growth during neural development, regeneration, plasticity and neo-plasticity; SIDS; educational neuroscience: brain-based learningOffice of the Provost, FAU
Pomponi, ShirleyDeveloping in vitro techniques for production of sponge-derived bioactive moleculesHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Ponzio, KimberliWetland ecologyPalatka Headquarters, St. Johns River Water Management District
Porter, Marianne E.Biomechanics and functional morphology and physiologyFAU College of Science
Prentice, HowardHypoxia and the cardiovascular systemDepartment of Biomedical Science, FAU
Proffitt, C. EdwardEcology of marine macrophytes and invertebratesHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Puthanveettil, SathyanarayananMolecular and cellular basis of long-term memory storage and its disordersDepartment of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute
Rathinavelu, AppuStandardization and application of real-time PCR techniques in gene expressionDepartment of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
Romanach, StephanieWildlife ecology, ecological modelsU.S. Geological Survey
Rumbaugh, GavinHow synaptic proteins actively contribute to memory formation and storageDepartment of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute
Rusenko, KirtSea Turtle Conservation and ResearchConservation, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Salmon, MichaelAnimal behaviorFAU College of Science
Saunders, Mary JanePlant biology, nanostructures, electron microscopyFAU College of Science
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 aquacultureHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Schummers, JamesCortical circuitsMax Planck Florida Institute
Shen, WenNeurophysiology, receptor pharmacology, synapsis, glutamate toxicityDepartment of Biomedical Science, FAU
Shibata, YoshimiImmunologyDepartment of Biomedical Science, FAU
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 exchangesHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Smith, RoyBasis of metabolic diseases and identifying the physiological changes that cause loss of function during agingDepartment of Metabolism and Aging, The Scripps Research Institute
Stackman, Jr., Robert W.Learning and memoryDepartment of Psychology and Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, FAU
Stewart, KellyMarine vertebrate ecology and behavior, population dynamics and genetics, biogeography, threatened species biology and conservation and field biologySouthwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Sutton, Tracey T.Quantitative ecology and structure of marine ecosystemsDepartment of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Nova Southeastern
Taniguchi, Hiroki Development and function of inhibitory neural circuitsMax Planck Florida Institute
Tao, RuiNeural circuits affected by drug abuse, Psychostimulant-induced hallucinations, Environmental factor-dependent effects of psychostimulantsDepartment of Biomedical Science, FAU
Theisen, Tim C.Movement patterns, population structure and physiology of marine fishFAU College of Science
Thompson, NancyMarine scienceKeys Marine Laboratory
Tomchik, SethNeuromodulation of memory circuits, neuronal circuits and behavior, imaging brain function in health and diseaseDepartment of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute
Van de Ven, WimConvertase, cancerDepartment of Human Genetics, KU Leuven
Vertes, RobertBehavioral neuroscience, functional organization of the brainstem and its role in controlling the activity of the forebrain and neurophysiology of sleepDepartment of Psychology and Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, FAU
Volin, JohnConservation biologyDepartment of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut
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 disciplinesHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Wang, GuojunMarine natural product biosynthesis and drug discovery, microbial genetics, genome mining, metagenomics, single cell genomics, enzyme function and engineering, metabolic engineering, and medicinal chemistryFAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Wei, JianningNeurodegenerative disordersDepartment of Biomedical Science, FAU
Weissbach, Herbert Effect of oxidative stress on normal and cancer cellsFAU College of Science
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 FloridaFAU Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Widder, EdithProtection and restoration of marine ecosystems, and the species they sustainOcean Research and Conservation Association
Wills, PaulAquaculture of finfish for food and stock enhancement; development of new fish species for aquacultureHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Wojcikiewicz, EwaInflammation and cancer researchDepartment of Biomedical Science, FAU
Wright, AmyInvestigation of marine natural products from marine invertebrates and associated bacterial symbiontsHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Wu, Jang YenNeurotransmission and brain disordersDepartment of Biomedical Science, FAU
Wyneken, JeanetteIntegrative biology, comparative and functional morphologyFAU College of Science
Xu, BaojiHow neural circuits are formed, modified, and maintained in the brainDepartment of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute
Yasuda, RyoheiNeuronal signal transductionMax Planck Florida Institute
Young, JoySpawning dynamicsFish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Zhang, Xing-HaiPlant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnologyFAU College of Science