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.
|Name||Area of Emphasis||Ajemian, Matthew||Fisheries ecology and conservation||Anderson, Rindy||Behavioral ecology, communication, cognition, sexual selection||Baldwin, John D.||Population genetics and reproductive biology||Beerens, James||Avian ecology||Benscoter, Brian||Plant and wetland ecology and fire ecology||Bildstein, Keith||Avian ecology||Binninger, David||Role 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, Janet||Mammalian retinal development, differentiation and neuroprotection||Bolton, M. McLean||Disorders of neural circuit function||Bossart, Gregory||Clinical domestic, marine mammal, fish, and avian medicine and wildlife pathology||Brandt, Laura||Wetland ecology, alligators||Bressler, Steven||Cognitive Neurodynamics||Brew, Keith||Developing 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, Randy||Marine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefs||Caputi, Massimo||mRNA processing, mRNA splicing regulation, HIV-1 replication, Bcl apoptotic gene family regulation||Carlsson, Leif||Composite Material and Sandwich Structures, Solid Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis||Carvelli, Lucia||Molecular mechanisms of drug addiction; pharmacology and physiology of dopaminergic synapses||Chiba, Akira||Molecular neuroscience||Christie, Jason||Mechanisms of synaptic signaling and computation||Claiborne, Brenda J.||Neuronal development in human hippocampal formation and learning in aged individuals||Coen, Lauren||Oyster 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, Clayton||Marine science||Dalgleish, Fraser||Underwater laser imaging and communications, optical properties in marine environments, sensor networks and fluorescence imaging||Davis, Megan||Develop 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, Kate||Primate 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, Nathan||Freshwater ecology and community ecology||Encomio, Vincent||The oyster reef restoration project: restoration of the oyster beds of the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon||Esiobu, Nwadiuto||Environmental microbiology, drug resistance and antimicrobiosis||Feller, Ilka||Animal-plant interactions; insect-plant interactions in estuarine and forested ecosystems||Fenton, Andre||Neuro coordination, recording electrical brain activity||Fields, Gregg B.||Extracellular matrix biochemistry, synthetic protein design and construction||Fitzpatrick, David||Functional organization and development of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex, neural basis of visual perception||Frank, Tamara||Zooplankton/nekton ecology and the visual ecology of marine animals||Frazier, Evelyn Marques||Entomology, plant/insect interactions||Gawlik, Dale||Avian and wetland ecology||Gibble, Rebekah||Wetland management and conservation||Godenschwege, Tanja||Molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discovery||Grill, Brock||Molecular mechanisms of nervous system development||Guthrie, Kathleen||Neurobiology||Guzman-Ramirez , Esther||Discovery of novel cancer therapeutics including both development of novel molecular target based assays and determination of the mechanism of action of compounds||Hanisak, M. Dennis||Physiological Ecology of Marine Plants (Macroalgae and Seagrasses), Nutrient Dynamics, Coral Reef Ecology, Biology of Deep-water Macroalgae, Aquaculture (particularly Marine Plant Cultivation)||Hart, Kristen||Population-level studies of the ecology of herpetofauna and other wildlife||Hartmann, James X.||Immunotherapy for adult chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lupus||Herzing, Denise||Marine mammal behavior||Houghten, Richard||The tea bag method (solvent permeable packets used during polypeptide synthesis), combinatorial chemistry||Huang, Xupei||Cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, molecular cardiology||Hueter, Robert||Anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and fisheries biology of sharks worldwide||Hughes, Colin||Evolutionary and conservation genetics||Iragavarapu-Charyulu, Vijaya||Immunology, inflammation and cancer||Isgor, Ceylan||Neuromorphological, behavioral and molecular consequences of chronic, variable stress during peripubertal-juvenile period in rats||Ja, William||Molecular genetics of aging, behavior and disease||Jia, Kailiang||Molecular regulation of aging||Kajiura, Stephen||Functional morphology and sensory biology of marine fish||Kamasawa, Naomi||Electron microscopy||Kantorow, Marc||The molecular genetics of eye diseases including age-related human cataract and age-related macular degeneration||Keene, Alex||Neurogenetics and the evolution of behavior||Kishi, Shuji||Gene identification and phenotype characterization; Age-related disorders in humans, using zebrafish as a model system||Klofstad, Casey||Societal and biological influences on human behavior||Koch-Rose, Marguerite||Marine botany, nutrient cycling and climate change in tropical marine systems||Kumi-Diaka, J. K.||Reproductive pathophysiology and oncology||Kwon, Hyungbae||Understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of experience-dependent neural circuit modification using a mouse model||Lapointe, Brian||Algal physiology and biochemistry, seagrass and coral reef ecology, eutrophication, marine bioinvasions, marine conservation||Laramore, Susan||Aquatic 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, Zhongwei||RNA metabolism, oxidative stress, biodefense||Lu, Michael||RNA metabolism, RNA therapy, bacterial genomics||Lyons, Jay||Cellular physiology and cell signaling processes||Macleod, Greg||Mitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and aging||Mansfield, Kate||Marine biology and vertebrate zoology with an emphasis on sea turtle ecology, behavior, habitat use, and conservation||Martemyanov, Kirill||Striatal signaling and drug addiction, G protein signal transduction pathways, molecular mechanisms of vision||McCarthy, Peter||Cultivation 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, Courtney||Neurobiological underpinnings of memory disorders, with the goal of developing novel therapeutics||Miller, Debra||Pathology of wildlife and exotic species (especially amphibians, sea turtles and marine mammals)||Milton, Sarah L.||Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiology||Mitsova, Diana||Environmental modeling, climate change, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, land cover change modeling, network analysis, hazard assessment||Moore, Jon||Ecology, evolution, and distribution of fishes, biology of deep-sea animals, conservation and biodiversity of scrub and flatwood habitats in Florida, and herpetology||Murphey, Rod||Development and degeneration of synapses||Narayanan, Ramaswamy||Bioinformatics, cancer gene discovery and drug discovery||Noonburg, Erik||Ecological modeling||O'Corry-Crowe, Greg||Investigating interactions between these apex predators and their environment||Oleinik, Anton||Cenozoic stratigraphy, molluscan paleontology, paleobiogeography and paleoclimates of high-latitude regions||Oleinikov, Andrew||Malaria 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, Rick||Ecology of populations and communities of marine and estuarine animals that live on the seafloor or in the seafloor sediments||Paegel, Brian||Assembly of cell-like compartments||Paul, Valerie||Ecological roles of marine natural products, impact of toxic cyanobacterial (Lynbya spp.) blooms on coral reef habitats||Perry, Gary||Molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating cell growth during neural development, regeneration, plasticity and neo-plasticity; SIDS; educational neuroscience: brain-based learning||Pomponi, Shirley||Developing in vitro techniques for production of sponge-derived bioactive molecules||Ponzio, Kimberli||Wetland ecology||Porter, Marianne E.||Biomechanics and functional morphology and physiology||Prentice, Howard||Hypoxia and the cardiovascular system||Proffitt, C. Edward||Ecology of marine macrophytes and invertebrates||Puthanveettil, Sathyanarayanan||Molecular and cellular basis of long-term memory storage and its disorders||Rathinavelu, Appu||Standardization and application of real-time PCR techniques in gene expression||Romanach, Stephanie||Wildlife ecology, ecological models||Rumbaugh, Gavin||How synaptic proteins actively contribute to memory formation and storage||Rusenko, Kirt||Sea Turtle Conservation and Research||Salmon, Michael||Animal behavior||Saunders, Mary Jane||Plant biology, nanostructures, electron microscopy||Scarpa, John||Bivalve 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, James||Cortical circuits||Shen, Wen||Neurophysiology, receptor pharmacology, synapsis, glutamate toxicity||Shibata, Yoshimi||Immunology||Smith, Ned||Physical 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, Roy||Basis of metabolic diseases and identifying the physiological changes that cause loss of function during aging||Stackman, Jr., Robert W.||Learning and memory||Stewart, Kelly||Marine 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, Rui||Neural 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, Nancy||Marine science||Tomchik, Seth||Neuromodulation of memory circuits, neuronal circuits and behavior, imaging brain function in health and disease||Van de Ven, Wim||Convertase, cancer||Vertes, Robert||Behavioral neuroscience, functional organization of the brainstem and its role in controlling the activity of the forebrain and neurophysiology of sleep||Volin, John||Conservation biology||Voss, Joshua||Coral 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, Guojun||Marine natural product biosynthesis and drug discovery, microbial genetics, genome mining, metagenomics, single cell genomics, enzyme function and engineering, metabolic engineering, and medicinal chemistry||Wei, Jianning||Neurodegenerative disorders||Weissbach, Herbert||Effect of oxidative stress on normal and cancer cells||Wetterer, James||Biogeography, 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, Edith||Protection and restoration of marine ecosystems, and the species they sustain||Wills, Paul||Aquaculture of finfish for food and stock enhancement; development of new fish species for aquaculture||Wojcikiewicz, Ewa||Inflammation and cancer research||Wright, Amy||Investigation of marine natural products from marine invertebrates and associated bacterial symbionts||Wu, Jang Yen||Neurotransmission and brain disorders||Wyneken, Jeanette||Integrative biology, comparative and functional morphology||Xu, Baoji||How neural circuits are formed, modified, and maintained in the brain||Yasuda, Ryohei||Neuronal signal transduction||Young, Joy||Spawning dynamics||Zhang, Xing-Hai||Plant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology|