Administration

Chair

Gregory E. Demas

Gregory E. Demas

Professor, Biology

Chair, Biology

Research Interests
behavioral endocrinology, neuroendocrine-immune interactions, aggression, biological rhythms, seasonality

Jennifer Tarter

Jennifer Tarter

Administrative Assistant to the Chair

Program Manager of the Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). Primary point of contact to the Chair. Coordinates faculty recruiting efforts as well as faculty promotion and tenure.

Associate Chairs

Scott Michaels

Scott Michaels

Professor, Biology

Associate Chair for Research and Facilities, Biology

Research Interests
regulation of chromatin structure and gene expression by epigenetic modifications

G. Troy Smith

G. Troy Smith

Associate Professor, Biology

Associate Chair for Teaching, Biology

Research Interests
neural and hormonal control of sexually dimorphic behavior; evolution of communication signals

Section Associate Chairs

Jay T. Lennon

Jay T. Lennon

Professor, Biology

Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Section Associate Chair, Biology

Research Interests
microbial ecology and evolution

Justin Kumar

Justin Kumar

Professor, Biology

Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology Section Associate Chair, Biology

Research Interests
Regulation of tissue/organ specification and patterning

Daniel Kearns

Daniel Kearns

Professor, Biology

Microbiology Section Associate Chair, Biology

Research Interests
bacterial multicellular behavior

Directors

Karen Bush

Karen Bush

Professor of Practice, Biotechnology

Interim Director, Biotechnology Program

Research Interests
antibiotic mechanisms of action and resistance; antibacterial drug discovery and drug development.

Leonie Moyle

Leonie Moyle

Professor, Biology

Director, EEB Graduate Program

Research Interests
genetics of speciation and adaptation; comparative genomics; evolutionary ecology; plant reproduction

Jason Tennessen

Jason Tennessen

Associate Professor, Biology

Director, GCDB Graduate Program

Research Interests
developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems

Irene Garcia Newton

Irene Garcia Newton

Associate Professor, Biology

Director, Microbiology Graduate Program

Research Interests
functional and evolutionary genomics of symbiosis

Daniel Watts

Daniel Watts

Instructor, Biology

Director, Biotechnology Graduate Program