Current Faculty

Below is an alphabetical listing of Current Biology faculty. Please note you can search by first or last name. All of Biology faculty are affiliated with at least one of the four interdisciplinary graduate programs and you can limit your search to only those faculty affiliated with a particular program. In addition, you can search for only those faculty who can chair graduate student Masters or PhD committees. And you can combine these criteria to further limit your search.

Name Title Research Interests
Lynn Adler


Ecology and Evolution of Insect-Plant Interactions

R. Craig Albertson


Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Courtney C. Babbitt

Associate Professor of Biology and Commonwealth Honors College

Evolutionary Genomics

Madelaine E. Bartlett

Professor/Director of Natural History Collections

Plant Evo-Devo

Tobias Baskin


Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development

Jeffrey Blanchard

Associate Professor

Microbiomes, Ecology, Evolution, Genomics, Bioinformatics

Steven D. Brewer

Senior Lecturer II

Science Education; Instructional Technology

Bruce Byers

Associate Professor, Chief Undergraduate Advisor

Songbird Vocalizations

Ana L. Caicedo


Plant Molecular Evolution and Evolutionary Genomics

Elizabeth A. Connor

Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Development

Neuromuscular Junction: Development and Maintenance

Cristina Cox Fernandes

Lecturer/Adjunct Research Associate Professor

Diversity of Amazonian Fishes

Gerald B. Downes


Motor Behavior and Epilepsy

Michelle Facette

Assistant Professor

Plant Biology

Karine Fenelon

Assistant Professor

Synaptic Transmission and Neural Circuits Underlying Sensory Information Filtering

Laura I. Francis

Senior Lecturer

Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function

Lillian Fritz-Laylin


Quantitative Evolutionary Cell Biology

Alexander R. Gerson

Associate Professor

Integrative Eco-physiology - Environmental Physiology of Birds

Samuel P. Hazen


Regulatory Genomics of Plant Growth

Christiane I. Healey

Senior Lecturer II

Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior

Peter W. Houlihan

Senior Lecturer II

Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Ecology, and Conservation Biology

Duncan J. Irschick


Functional Morphology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology

Elizabeth M. Jakob

Professor and Associate Dean for Student Success, Graduate School

Behavioral Ecologist

Abigail Jensen

Associate Professor

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Vertebrate Retinal Development and Retinal Disease

Rolf O. Karlstrom

Professor, Department Chair

Developmental Neurobiology: Axon Guidance and Forebrain Patterning

Paul S. Katz

Professor and Director of Neuroscience

Evolution, Development, and Function of Neural Circuits underlying Behavior

Joshua Lonthair


Conservation Physiology of Fishes

Thomas J. Maresca


Cell Division

Rosa Moscarella

Senior Lecturer

Genetics Education

Benjamin Normark


Evolution of Unusual Genetic Systems

Akiko Okusu

Senior Lecturer

Invertebrate Evolution and Phylogeny Evolution Molluscan Bauplan Molecular Systematics

Stephanie L. Padilla

Assistant Professor

Neural Circuits

Sarah Pallas

Associate Professor

Developmental Neuroscience, Sensory Neurophysiology

Randall W. Phillis

Associate Professor

Neurogenetics of Drosophila

Jeffrey Podos


Mechanisms and Evolution of Vertebrate Behavior; Bioacoustics

Adam Porter

Associate Professor

Evolutionary Biology; Computational Biology

Margaret Riley


Microbial Ecology and Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

Jessica M. Rocheleau


Molecular and Cellular Biology

Caleb M. Rounds

Senior Lecturer II, Associate Department Chair

Plant Physiology

Tristram G. Seidler

Extension Assistant Professor/Curator

Plant Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation

Rachid Skouta

Research Assistant Professor

Chemistry and Biology

Andrew J. Spracklen


Actin Cytoskeleton & Cell Adhesion during Development

Maria Stager

Assistant Professor


Andrew Stephens

Assistant Professor

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Elena Vazey

Associate Professor

Neuromodulation and Neurodegeneration

Patricia Wadsworth


Mitotic spindle assembly and function

Elsbeth Walker


Plant Genetics and Physiology

Caralyn Zehnder

Senior Lecturer

Population & Community Ecology, Entomology, and Science Education