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PhD Program Director

Marco Mangone
Associate Professor

Mangone is interested in study how eukaryotic RNA transcription is terminated and how the messenger RNA is regulated on its way to the expression into proteins, using the wound worm C. elegans as model system.

BDA 220F

MS Program Director

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    Biology (PhD)

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    Biology (MS)

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    Program Faculty

    Morteza Abbaszadegan

    Abbaszadegan is a professor of environmental microbiology and engineering and founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Water & Environmental Technology (WET) Center at ASU.

    Joshua Abbott
    Associate Professor
    GIOS Bldg, Room 366 800 S. Cady Mall
    Gro Amdam

    Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees.

    ISTB-1 314
    Michael Angilletta
    President's Professor; Assoc. Director Undergraduate Programs

    Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

    LSC 488
    Brad Armendt
    Associate Professor

    Armendt is a philosopher who works on rational decision making and the epistemology of rational belief. He also works on causality, and on patterns of social interaction among individuals.

    Coor Hall 3326
    Charles Arntzen
    Emeritus Professor

    Arntzen was the Florence Ely Nelson Presidential Endowed Chair, Regent's Professor and Founding Director of the Biodesign Institute. He is a member of the U.S. Natl. Acad. of Sciences and the U.S. Natl. Acad. of Inventors.

    Page Baluch
    Research Scientist

    Baluch oversees the W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory in the School of Life Sciences. Her research is focused on studying the behavior of cells and tissue using advanced microscopy techniques.

    ASU/School of Life Sciences 427 E Tyler Mall
    Heather Bean
    Assistant Professor

    Bean applies bioanalytical chemistry methods to characterize microbial metabolomes and identify biomarkers of lung disease.

    LSE 315 School of Life Sciences
    Scott Bingham
    Research Scientist Sr (FSC)
    LSE S-17
    Sara Brownell
    Associate Professor

    Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher, who teaches undergraduate biology while studying biology education.

    David Capco

    Capco is a cell biologist who studies how different types of cells in the human body relate to disease, illness, and birth defects.

    LSC 306
    Guy Cardineau

    Cardineau is an Emeritus Professor, a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and has more than 140 patents and applications worldwide, with 30 issued US patents, including the concept of using plants to produce vaccines.

    Beus Center for Law and Society Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
    Douglas Chandler
    Emeritus Professor

    Professor Chandler’s research focuses on the amphibian protein allurin. Peptides that mimic allurin attract both amphibian and mammalian sperm and are being studied for possible uses in assisted reproduction.

    LSC 586
    Yung Chang

    Chang is an immunologist who studies the development and function of the immune system and uses DNA nanostructure to design and construct more useful vaccines and immunotherapeutic agents.

    Julian Chen

    Chen is a professor of biochemistry at ASU. His research interests are in structure and function of RNA molecules and ribonucleoprotein complexes.

    Biodesign C, Room C553
    Qiang Chen

    Chen is a molecular biologist who specializes in developing novel human therapeutics and vaccines in plants to combat infectious diseases, cancer, and biological warfare agents.

    BDA 330D
    James Collins
    Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment

    Collins is an evolutionary ecologist whose research group studies the role of host-pathogen interactions in species decline and extinction, as well as ecological ethics.

    LSC 402
    Carolyn Compton

    Dr. Carolyn Compton is an academic pathologist specializing in gastrointestinal disease and is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology.

    School of Life Sciences, LSC 534 427 E Tyler Mall
    Richard Creath
    President's Professor

    Creath is a philosopher of science who uses historical methods to study fundamental questions about the role of logic, mathematics, scientific methods and even philosophy within science.

    LSC 274
    Sharon Crook
    Professor (joint with SoMSS)

    Crook uses computational approaches to study the dynamics of neurons and networks of neurons. She also contributes to an international collaboration for describing, exchanging, and validating complex models.

    GWC 648
    Thomas Day
    Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist

    Day is a plant ecologist who studies factors that control plant performance, plant litter decomposition and carbon cycling.

    Dale DeNardo
    Associate Professor

    DeNardo has been a faculty member with the School of Life Sciences since 1998 and has published more than 100 scientific papers in the field of environmental physiology.

    Life Sciences C-wing room 444 School of Life Sciences
    Pierre Deviche

    Deviche is an animal physiologist who studies how the environment controls the reproductive system and stress responses of vertebrates.

    LSC 412
    Adjunct Faculty
    LSE 218
    Thomas Dowling
    Emeritus Professor; Senior Sustainability Scientist
    LSE 218
    Karin Ellison
    Clinical Professor

    Ellison's research and teaching focus on research ethics and ethics education. She directs the School of Life Science Ethics Program, is an editor for the Online Ethics Center (onlineethics.org), and serves on the APPE board.

    LSC 270
    Jennifer Fewell
    President's Professor

    Fewell is a President’s Professor and faculty leader for the Organismal, Integrative and Systems Biology Group. Her research centers around the organization and evolution of insect societies.

    ISTB 302
    Rebecca Fisher
    Adjunct Faculty

    Rebecca Fisher's primary appointment is at the UA COM-Phoenix, where she designed the anatomy curriculum. Fisher studies the functional anatomy and evolution of the musculoskeletal system in vertebrates and cephalopods.

    Wayne Frasch
    Professor and Faculty Leader of Biomedicine and Biotechnology Faculty Group

    Frasch has developed new assays to examine the rotation of single molecules of molecular motor proteins under a microscope.

    LSE 605
    Ferran Garcia-Pichel
    Professor and Center Director

    Garcia-Pichel is the dean of natural sciences for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

    LSE 218
    Roberto Gaxiola

    Gaxiola studies the physiological mechanisms by which plants regulate root activity and nutrient uptake. His work may be used to engineer crops that could help secure future food supplies.

    Leah Gerber
    Professor and GIOS Center Director

    Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

    LSA 212
    Gillian Gile
    Assistant Professor

    Gile is an evolutionary microbiologist who studies single-celled eukaryotes (protists) and symbiosis.

    Elliott Goldstein
    Associate Professor

    Goldstein studies genes involved in developmental processes and in learning and memory. His focus is communication of this information and other educational material in molecular biology and molecular genetics.

    LS 92A
    Nancy Grimm
    Regents Professor; Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology; Distinguished Sustainability Scientist

    Grimm is an ecosystem scientist who studies desert streams and cities and their resilience to extreme events.

    LSA 316
    Sharon Hall

    Hall is an ecologist and conservation scientist who studies connections between people and the environment. She is the faculty lead for the Conservation Bio & Ecology degree program and an award-winning teacher in her field.

    LSA 320
    Jon Harrison

    Harrison is an environmental physiologist who studies how insects function, interact with their environment and evolve.

    ISTB1 324 School of Life Sciences
    Shelley Haydel
    Associate Professor

    Haydel is an infectious disease microbiologist investigating new antibiotics to fight resistant infections, new technologies to diagnose infections in less than 2 hours, and how bacteria cause disease in humans.

    BDB 320A
    Bert Hoelldobler
    University Professor and Regents' Professor

    Hölldobler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning sociobiologist who uses insect societies to study behavioral mechanisms of communication, cooperation and conflict. He's a member of several national and international academies.

    LSE 218
    Brenda Hogue

    Hogue is a virologist who studies how coronaviruses, a large family of RNA viruses, that includes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), assemble and cause disease.

    Biodesign Institute A320D
    Kevin Hultine
    Desert Botanical Garden adjunct
    Bertram Jacobs

    Jacobs is an expert on a poxvirus called vaccinia. He has genetically engineered vaccinia as a vehicle against infectious agents, bioterrorism threats, cancer and other viruses, including HIV.

    BDA 310C
    Mark Jacobs
    Vice Provost, Dean, Barrett Honors College, Professor

    A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Jacobs is the author of more than 50 publications on the physiological and molecular control of plant development, He is also the dean of Barrett Honors College at ASU.

    Sage North
    Stephen Johnston

    Johnston work focuses on innovative solutions to fundamental problems in biomedicine, including the development of a universal preventative cancer vaccine. He holds 20 patents.

    Christos Katsanos
    Associate Professor

    Katsanos is an exercise physiologist studying metabolic responses in humans. His laboratory utilizes stable isotope tracer and molecular biology techniques to understand muscle protein and fat metabolism in obesity.

    Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Building, Rm 2-223 13208 East Shea Boulevard
    Ann Kinzig

    Kinzig looks at how humans shape and influence their natural environments and what this means for human health and Earth's ecosystems. Her work focuses on ecosystem services and the resilience of natural-resource systems.

    LSA 124
    Kenro Kusumi
    Professor, Associate Dean and Director

    Director of the School of Life Sciences and associate dean for strategic partnerships in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Kusumi's research focuses on vertebrate genomics.

    Life Sciences E-wing, Room 219, 427 E Tyler Mall
    Douglas lake
    Associate Professor

    Lake is a cellular and molecular immunologist who is working on biologic inhibitors of tumor cell metastasis. He is also developing a new test for Valley Fever that provides a diagnosis for patients with acute disease.

    Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Bldg Room 2-113
    Leslie Landrum
    Senior Research Scientist; Herbarium Curator

    Leslie Landrum is a senior research scientist and ASU Herbarium Curator.

    LSC C352
    Manfred Laubichler
    President's Professor and ASU-SFI BCI Director

    Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is director of the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU and the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems

    LSA 256
    Tsafrir Mor

    Mor is a molecular biologist and biochemist whose research focuses on using plants to produce useful and therapeutic polypeptides, proteins and enzymes.

    LSE 309
    Juergen Liebig
    Associate Professor

    Liebig studies the organization, chemical communication, reproductive regulation, and behavioral and physiological plasticity in ants and termites with a focus on the colony, the individual, and the olfactory system.

    ISTB1 306
    Jane Maienschein
    University Professor, Regents' Professor and Center Director

    Maienschein and her team research embryology, genetics, and cell biology. She specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society.

    LSC 284
    Marco Mangone
    Associate Professor

    Mangone is interested in study how eukaryotic RNA transcription is terminated and how the messenger RNA is regulated on its way to the expression into proteins, using the wound worm C. elegans as model system.

    BDA 220F
    Gary Marchant
    Regents Professor; Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law & Ethics

    Marchant frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences. He's authored more than 150 articles and book chapters on various issues related to emerging technologies.

    Beus Center for Law & Society Arizona State University, 111 E. Taylor St.
    Emilia Martins
    Professor; Assoc. Director, Graduate Programs

    Martins studies behavioral evolution by mapping the ancient history of lizard communication in the southwestern US and by studying how sensory systems impact social behavior in the biomedically-important zebrafish.

    School of Life Sciences 372 Life Sciences Building A
    Hugh Mason
    Associate Professor

    Hugh Mason was the first to publish peer-reviewed work on the use of plants for production of vaccine antigens.

    LSE 323 (Ofc), 332 (Lab)
    Kevin McGraw
    Professor and SOLS Associate Director

    McGraw is an integrative behavioral ecologist who primarily studies the colors of animals such as birds to understand the costs, benefits and evolution of visual signals.

    LSC 522
    Ben Minteer

    Minteer is an environmental ethicist and conservation scholar who writes on species extinction, wilderness, zoos, and the evolution of American environmental thought and practice.

    LSA 262
    Rajeev Misra

    Rajeev Misra is a microbial geneticist who studies how proteins, synthesized in the cytoplasm, are targeted to the bacterial outer membrane. He also examines the mechanisms of drug resistance.

    LSE 407
    Susanne Neuer

    Neuer is a biological oceanographer and plankton ecologist and studies the oceanic carbon cycle, particularly the role of plankton organisms in uptake and sequestration of anthropogenic carbon dioxide.

    Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, LSE 421
    Jason Newbern
    Associate Professor

    Newbern's research is centered on developmental neuroscience. His laboratory studies the biochemical mechanisms that direct the formation of the brain and spinal cord.

    ISTB1-426 Arizona State University
    Stuart Newfeld
    Professor and Faculty Leader of Cellular and Molecular Biosciences
    LSA L164
    Cheryl Nickerson

    Cheryl Nickerson studies the effects of biomechanical forces on living cells, how this response is related to normal cellular homeostasis or infectious disease, and its translation to clinical application.

    BDB 340C
    Miles Orchinik
    Associate Professor

    Orchinik is a neuroscientist who studies how stress alters behavior, brain function, and the endocrine system. He is also interested in science education research, particularly in how undergraduates learn core concepts,

    LSE 218
    Krijn Paaijmans
    Asst Professor

    Paaijmans is a disease ecologist with a strong interest in how the biology and ecology of parasites, viruses and insect vectors shape the distribution and intensity of infectious diseases

    Life Sciences E (LSE) Rm. 409. MC: 1701
    Theodore Pavlic
    Asst Professor

    Pavlic works in interdisciplinary decision-making problems in natural and artificial autonomous systems. He is also the associate director of research for The Biomimicry Center at ASU.

    David Pearson
    Research Professor

    David Pearson's research is focused on using the interaction of ecology, conservation, ecotourism and education to develop methods that promote sustainable use of biodiversity.

    LSA 276
    Charles Perrings

    Perrings is co-director of School of Life Sciences Ecoservices Group—a group researching the interactions between society and the biophysical environment.

    LSA 127
    Kathleen Pigg

    Pigg is a paleobotanist who studies fossil plants that are related to modern groups of conifers, ferns and woody hardwood trees. Her group studies the origin of plants of the temperate deciduous biome.

    LSE 744 Arizona State University
    Stephen Pratt

    Pratt studies the emergence of complex behavior in leaderless groups, especially social insects. He works with engineers to translate lessons from biology to artificial systems, and to develop new tools to analyze behavior.

    ISTB1 304
    Stephen Pyne
    Emeritus Professor

    Pyne teaches courses on fire, the history exploration and science, and nonfiction writing. He is a world-renowned expert on fire and the history of fire.

    LSA 220
    Bruce Rittmann

    Rittmann is director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology. He is an international leader in the use of microbial communities to provide services to society.

    BDA 210B
    Robert Roberson
    Associate Professor
    LSE 527
    Jason Robert
    Associate Professor and Center Director

    Jason Robert holds the Lincoln Chair in Ethics and is director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. A bioethicist and philosopher of biology, he is also Dean's Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences.

    Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU MC 9230, 111 E Taylor St, Ste 293
    Ronald Rutowski
    Emeritus Professor

    Ronald Rutowski research examines function and percpetion of bright coloration in animals as well as the mechanisms that produce coloration. Butterflies are a special focus of his studies.

    LSC 570
    John Sabo

    Sabo is an ecologist who studies the importance of water in determining the viability and resilience of animal and plant populations in river and riparian ecosystems.

    LSA 322
    Todd Sandrin (DEAN)
    Sr Assoc Dean + Professor

    Todd Sandrin serves as vice provost of ASU's West campus, dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Science focusing on microbial biosignatures.

    ASU West campus FAB N303E
    Daniel Sarewitz
    Center Director and Professor

    Daniel Sarewitz is professor of science and society at Arizona State University, where he is co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO), which he helped to found in 1999.

    CSPO/ASU 1800 I St., NW
    Yixin Shi
    Associate Professor

    Yixin Shi’s research is focused on molecular biology, bacteriology and biochemistry. Shi analyzes the virulent elements necessary for bacterial survival in host environments.

    LSC 302
    Andrew Smith
    Emeritus Professor

    Smith is a conservation biologist who works with mammals, primarily pikas, in the mountains of western United States and on the Tibetan Plateau. He serves as chair of the IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group.

    LSC 286
    Brian Smith
    Trustees of ASU Professor

    Smith is a behavioral neuroscientist studying learning and memory systems in both insects and mammals. His work is being applied to studies of human diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

    ISTB-1 rm 322
    Anne Stone
    Regents Professor

    Stone's specialization and main area of interest is anthropological genetics. Her current research focuses on population history and understanding how humans and the great apes have adapted to their environments.

    LSE 417
    Juliet Stromberg
    Emeritus Professor

    Stromberg is a plant ecologist and botanist who specializes in riparian and wetland ecosystems.

    LSE 717
    Karen Sweazea
    Associate Professor

    Sweazea is a physiologist who specializes in diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

    LSC 552A 401 E. Tyler Mall
    Heather Throop
    Associate Professor (joint with SESE)

    Throop is an ecosystem scientist who studies how global-scale changes influence arid and semi-arid ecosystems. She is co-director of the Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

    Leslie Towill
    Faculty Assoc
    LS E609
    William Tyler
    Assoc Professor

    Tyler's primary research and development interests focus on developing and applying noninvasive neuromodulation methods and devices intended to optimize human performance and brain health.

    ECG 334
    Tatiana Ugarova
    ISTB1, Room 481 D
    Wim Vermaas
    Foundation Professor and Assoc. Director

    Vermaas and his team conduct basic and applied research on cyanobacteria, a group of photosynthetic microbes, using these organisms as a chassis to produce useful compounds (biofuels, green chemicals) from sunlight and CO2.

    LSE 549
    Andrew Webber
    Professor and Executive Leader

    Webber is a professor of molecular and cellular biosciences and also serves as executive director in the Office of the University Provost where he oversees University Accreditation and Academic Program Reviews.

    FULTN 420
    Jeanne Wilson-Rawls
    Associate Professor

    Wilson-Rawls' research focuses on understanding the regulation of cell fate during development and regeneration with an emphasis on skeletal muscle stem cells and gametogenesis.

    LSC 550
    Martin Wojciechowski
    Associate Professor and Associate Dean

    Martin Wojciechowski is an evolutionary biologist who studies plants, with an emphasis on the genomics, biogeography, and phylogenetics of legumes (family Leguminosae) and cacti (family Cactaceae).

    Office LSE 711
    Jianguo Wu
    Dean's Distinguished Professor

    Wu is a Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science at Arizona State University. His research areas include: landscape ecology, urban ecology, and sustainability science.

    LSE 705, School of Life Sciences Mail Code: 4501