Administration

Chair

Scott Michaels

Scott Michaels

Professor, Biology

Chair, Biology

(he/him/his)

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

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

Leonie Moyle

Leonie Moyle

Professor, Biology

Associate Chair for Research and Facilities, Biology

(she/her/hers)

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

G. Troy Smith

G. Troy Smith

Associate Professor, Biology

Associate Chair for Teaching, Biology

(he/him/his)

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

(he/him/his)

Research Interests
microbial ecology and evolution

Justin Kumar

Justin Kumar

Professor, Biology

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

(he/him/his)

Research Interests
Regulation of tissue/organ specification and patterning

John Patton

John Patton

Professor, Biology

Blatt Chair of Virology

Microbiology Section Associate Chair, Biology

Research Interests
rotavirus replication and assembly, viral inhibition of innate immune responses

Directors

Heather Reynolds

Heather Reynolds

Associate Professor, Biology

Director of Graduate Studies, Biology

Research Interests
ecology; microbial interactions and pathogenesis

Susan Hengeveld

Susan Hengeveld

Teaching Professor, Biology

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Biology

(she/her/hers)

Karen Bush

Karen Bush

Professor of Practice, Biotechnology

Interim Director, Biotechnology Program

(she/her/hers)

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

Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips

Professor, Biology

Director, EEB Graduate Program

Science Director, Research and Teaching Preserve

(he/him/his)

Research Interests
ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry; consequences of human-accelerated environmental change on plant-soil-microbial interactions

Jason Tennessen

Jason Tennessen

Associate Professor, Biology

Director, GCDB Graduate Program

(he/him/his)

Research Interests
developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems

Irene Garcia Newton

Irene Garcia Newton

Associate Professor, Biology

Director, Microbiology Graduate Program

(she/her/hers)

Research Interests
functional and evolutionary genomics of symbiosis

Daniel Watts

Daniel Watts

Instructor, Biology

Director, Biotechnology Graduate Program

(he/him/his)