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.
|Name||Area of Emphasis||Institution||Ajemian, Matthew||Fisheries ecology and conservation||FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Anderson, Rindy||Behavioral ecology, communication, cognition, sexual selection||FAU College of Science||Baldwin, John D.||Population genetics and reproductive biology||FAU College of Science||Beerens, James||Avian ecology||U.S. Geological Survey||Benscoter, Brian||Plant and wetland ecology and fire ecology||FAU College of Science||Bildstein, Keith||Avian ecology||Acopian Center, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary||Binninger, David||Role of oxidative damage to proteins in aging||FAU College of Science||Blakely, Randy D.||Synaptic Genetics, Neurochemistry and Pharmacology; Animal Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders; Transporter Proteins and Psychoactive Drugs||Brain Institute, FAU||Blanks, Janet||Mammalian retinal development, differentiation and neuroprotection||FAU College of Science Office of the Dean||Bolton, M. McLean||Disorders of neural circuit function||Max Planck Florida Institute||Bossart, Gregory||Clinical domestic, marine mammal, fish, and avian medicine and wildlife pathology||Georgia Aquarium||Brandt, Laura||Wetland ecology, alligators||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services||Bressler, Steven||Cognitive Neurodynamics||FAU Psychology and Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences||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||FAU College of Medicine||Brooks, Randy||Marine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefs||FAU College of Science||Caputi, Massimo||mRNA processing, mRNA splicing regulation, HIV-1 replication, Bcl apoptotic gene family regulation||FAU College of Medicine||Carlsson, Leif||Composite Material and Sandwich Structures, Solid Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis||FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science||Carvelli, Lucia||Molecular mechanisms of drug addiction; pharmacology and physiology of dopaminergic synapses||FAU Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College||Chiba, Akira||Molecular neuroscience||Biology University of Miami||Christie, Jason||Mechanisms of synaptic signaling and computation||Max Planck Florida Institute||Claiborne, Brenda J.||Neuronal development in human hippocampal formation and learning in aged individuals||FAU College of Science||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||Florida Gulf Coast University||Cook, Clayton||Marine science||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Dalgleish, Fraser||Underwater laser imaging and communications, optical properties in marine environments, sensor networks and fluorescence imaging||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Davis, Megan||Develop aquaculture species for food, stock enhancement and to ease fishing pressure on wild stocks||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Davis, Ronald L.||Molecular and cellular basis for learning; diseases that affect learning and memory||The Scripps Research Institute||Dawson-Scully, Ken||Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior genetics||FAU College of Science||Detwiler, Kate||Primate hybridization and speciation, molecular primatology, primate behavioral ecology, conservation of African monkeys and their rainforest habitats||FAU 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, Nathan||Freshwater ecology and community ecology||FAU College of Science||Encomio, Vincent||The oyster reef restoration project: restoration of the oyster beds of the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon||Florida Oceanographic Society||Esiobu, Nwadiuto||Environmental microbiology, drug resistance and antimicrobiosis||FAU College of Science||Feller, Ilka||Animal-plant interactions; insect-plant interactions in estuarine and forested ecosystems||Smithsonian Environmental Research Center||Fenton, Andre||Neuro coordination, recording electrical brain activity||Center for Neural Science, New York University||Fields, Gregg B.||Extracellular matrix biochemistry, synthetic protein design and construction||FAU Chemistry and Biochemistry; Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology||Fitzpatrick, David||Functional organization and development of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex, neural basis of visual perception||Max Planck Florida Institute||Frank, Tamara||Zooplankton/nekton ecology and the visual ecology of marine animals||Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Nova Southestern University||Frazier, Evelyn Marques||Entomology, plant/insect interactions||FAU College of Science||Gawlik, Dale||Avian and wetland ecology||FAU College of Science||Gibble, Rebekah||Wetland management and conservation||Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge||Godenschwege, Tanja||Molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discovery||FAU College of Science||Grill, Brock||Molecular mechanisms of nervous system development||The Scripps Research Institute||Guthrie, Kathleen||Neurobiology||Biomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine||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||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||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)||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Hart, Kristen||Population-level studies of the ecology of herpetofauna and other wildlife||U.S. Geological Survey||Hartmann, James X.||Immunotherapy for adult chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lupus||FAU College of Science||Herzing, Denise||Marine mammal behavior||Wild Dolphin Project||Houghten, Richard||The tea bag method (solvent permeable packets used during polypeptide synthesis), combinatorial chemistry||Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies||Huang, Xupei||Cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, molecular cardiology||Biomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine||Hueter, Robert||Anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and fisheries biology of sharks worldwide||Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium||Hughes, Colin||Evolutionary and conservation genetics||FAU College of Science||Iragavarapu-Charyulu, Vijaya||Immunology, inflammation and cancer||FAU Biomedical Science||Isgor, Ceylan||Neuromorphological, behavioral and molecular consequences of chronic, variable stress during peripubertal-juvenile period in rats||Biomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine||Ja, William||Molecular genetics of aging, behavior and disease||The Scripps Research Institute||Jia, Kailiang||Molecular regulation of aging||FAU College of Science||Kajiura, Stephen||Functional morphology and sensory biology of marine fish||FAU College of Science||Kamasawa, Naomi||Electron microscopy||Max Planck Florida Institute||Kantorow, Marc||The molecular genetics of eye diseases including age-related human cataract and age-related macular degeneration||Biomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine||Keene, Alex||Neurogenetics and the evolution of behavior||FAU College of Science||Kishi, Shuji||Gene identification and phenotype characterization; Age-related disorders in humans, using zebrafish as a model system||The Scripps Research Institute||Klofstad, Casey||Societal and biological influences on human behavior||Department of Political Science, University of Miami||Koch-Rose, Marguerite||Marine botany, nutrient cycling and climate change in tropical marine systems||FAU College of Science||Kumi-Diaka, J. K.||Reproductive pathophysiology and oncology||FAU College of Science||Kwon, Hyungbae||Understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of experience-dependent neural circuit modification using a mouse model||Max Planck Florida Institute||Lapointe, Brian||Algal physiology and biochemistry, seagrass and coral reef ecology, eutrophication, marine bioinvasions, marine conservation||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||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||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Li, Zhongwei||RNA metabolism, oxidative stress, biodefense||Biomedical Science, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine||Lu, Michael||RNA metabolism, RNA therapy, bacterial genomics||Biomedical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine||Lyons, Jay||Cellular physiology and cell signaling processes||FAU College of Science||Macleod, Greg||Mitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and aging||FAU College of Science||Mansfield, Kate||Marine biology and vertebrate zoology with an emphasis on sea turtle ecology, behavior, habitat use, and conservation||Biology University of Central Florida||Martemyanov, Kirill||Striatal signaling and drug addiction, G protein signal transduction pathways, molecular mechanisms of vision||Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute||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||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Miller, Courtney||Neurobiological underpinnings of memory disorders, with the goal of developing novel therapeutics||Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute||Miller, Debra||Pathology 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 physiology||FAU College of Science||Mitsova, Diana||Environmental modeling, climate change, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, land cover change modeling, network analysis, hazard assessment||School of Urban and Regional Planning, FAU||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||Department of Math/Sciences, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, FAU||Murphey, Rod||Development and degeneration of synapses||FAU College of Science||Narayanan, Ramaswamy||Bioinformatics, cancer gene discovery and drug discovery||FAU College of Science||Noonburg, Erik||Ecological modeling||FAU College of Science||O'Corry-Crowe, Greg||Investigating interactions between these apex predators and their environment||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Oleinik, Anton||Cenozoic stratigraphy, molluscan paleontology, paleobiogeography and paleoclimates of high-latitude regions||Department of Geosciences, FAU||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||Department of Biomedical Science, FAU||Osman, Rick||Ecology of populations and communities of marine and estuarine animals that live on the seafloor or in the seafloor sediments||Smithsonian Environmental Research Center||Paegel, Brian||Assembly of cell-like compartments||Department of Molecular Therapeutics, The Scripps Research Institute||Paul, Valerie||Ecological roles of marine natural products, impact of toxic cyanobacterial (Lynbya spp.) blooms on coral reef habitats||Smithsonian Marine Station||Perry, Gary||Molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating cell growth during neural development, regeneration, plasticity and neo-plasticity; SIDS; educational neuroscience: brain-based learning||Office of the Provost, FAU||Pomponi, Shirley||Developing in vitro techniques for production of sponge-derived bioactive molecules||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Ponzio, Kimberli||Wetland ecology||Palatka Headquarters, St. Johns River Water Management District||Porter, Marianne E.||Biomechanics and functional morphology and physiology||FAU College of Science||Prentice, Howard||Hypoxia and the cardiovascular system||Department of Biomedical Science, FAU||Proffitt, C. Edward||Ecology of marine macrophytes and invertebrates||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Puthanveettil, Sathyanarayanan||Molecular and cellular basis of long-term memory storage and its disorders||Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute||Rathinavelu, Appu||Standardization and application of real-time PCR techniques in gene expression||Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nova Southeastern University||Romanach, Stephanie||Wildlife ecology, ecological models||U.S. Geological Survey||Rumbaugh, Gavin||How synaptic proteins actively contribute to memory formation and storage||Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute||Rusenko, Kirt||Sea Turtle Conservation and Research||Conservation, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center||Salmon, Michael||Animal behavior||FAU College of Science||Saunders, Mary Jane||Plant biology, nanostructures, electron microscopy||FAU College of Science||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||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Schummers, James||Cortical circuits||Max Planck Florida Institute||Shen, Wen||Neurophysiology, receptor pharmacology, synapsis, glutamate toxicity||Department of Biomedical Science, FAU||Shibata, Yoshimi||Immunology||Department of Biomedical Science, FAU||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||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Smith, Roy||Basis of metabolic diseases and identifying the physiological changes that cause loss of function during aging||Department of Metabolism and Aging, The Scripps Research Institute||Stackman, Jr., Robert W.||Learning and memory||Department of Psychology and Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, FAU||Stewart, Kelly||Marine vertebrate ecology and behavior, population dynamics and genetics, biogeography, threatened species biology and conservation and field biology||Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration||Sutton, Tracey T.||Quantitative ecology and structure of marine ecosystems||Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Nova Southeastern||Taniguchi, Hiroki||Development and function of inhibitory neural circuits||Max Planck Florida Institute||Tao, Rui||Neural circuits affected by drug abuse, Psychostimulant-induced hallucinations, Environmental factor-dependent effects of psychostimulants||Department of Biomedical Science, FAU||Theisen, Tim C.||Movement patterns, population structure and physiology of marine fish||FAU College of Science||Thompson, Nancy||Marine science||Keys Marine Laboratory||Tomchik, Seth||Neuromodulation of memory circuits, neuronal circuits and behavior, imaging brain function in health and disease||Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute||Van de Ven, Wim||Convertase, cancer||Department of Human Genetics, KU Leuven||Vertes, Robert||Behavioral neuroscience, functional organization of the brainstem and its role in controlling the activity of the forebrain and neurophysiology of sleep||Department of Psychology and Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, FAU||Volin, John||Conservation biology||Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut||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||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||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||FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Wei, Jianning||Neurodegenerative disorders||Department of Biomedical Science, FAU||Weissbach, Herbert||Effect of oxidative stress on normal and cancer cells||FAU College of Science||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||FAU Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College||Widder, Edith||Protection and restoration of marine ecosystems, and the species they sustain||Ocean Research and Conservation Association||Wills, Paul||Aquaculture of finfish for food and stock enhancement; development of new fish species for aquaculture||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Wojcikiewicz, Ewa||Inflammation and cancer research||Department of Biomedical Science, FAU||Wright, Amy||Investigation of marine natural products from marine invertebrates and associated bacterial symbionts||Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute||Wu, Jang Yen||Neurotransmission and brain disorders||Department of Biomedical Science, FAU||Wyneken, Jeanette||Integrative biology, comparative and functional morphology||FAU College of Science||Xu, Baoji||How neural circuits are formed, modified, and maintained in the brain||Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute||Yasuda, Ryohei||Neuronal signal transduction||Max Planck Florida Institute||Young, Joy||Spawning dynamics||Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation||Zhang, Xing-Hai||Plant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology||FAU College of Science|