Full-time Faculty | Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Full-time Faculty

The tenured and tenure-track faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences are listed below. Visit the web page for faculty research for more information on the research interests of each person.

Andres Aguilar, Ph.D.

Andres Aguilar Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2013
Ph.D., 2003, University of California, Los Angeles
Research:  Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics
Office:  ASCL 215, ext: 3-2078
E-mail:  aaguil67@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://andresaguilar.weebly.com

Laura Cocas, Ph.D.

Laura Cocas Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2015
Ph.D., 2010, Georgetown University
Research:  Developmental Neurobiology
Office:  ASCL 394, ext: 3-2077
E-mail:  lcocas@calstatela.edu
Web:  coming soon

Robert A. Desharnais, Ph.D.   (Associate Chair, Biological Sciences)

Robert A. Desharnais Professor, joined faculty in 1988
Ph.D., 1982, University of Rhode Island
Research:  Theoretical Population Biology
Office:  ASCB 323D, ext: 3-2056
E-mail:  rdeshar@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://caldera.calstatela.edu/rdeshar

Edward Eivers, Ph.D.

Edward Eivers Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2011
Ph.D., 2004, National University of Ireland, Galway
Research:  Developmental Biology and Cell Signaling
Office:  ASCL 392, ext: 3-2075
E-mail:  eeivers@calstatela.edu

Kirsten Fisher, Ph.D.

Kristen Fisher

Associate Professor, joined faculty in 2008

Ph.D., 2004, University of California, Berkeley
Research:  Bryophyte Ecology and Evolution
Office:  ASCL 393, ext: 3-2089
E-mail:  kfisher2@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/kfisher2

Lawrence Fritz, Ph.D.

Lawrence Fritz Professor, joined faculty in 2014
Ph.D., 1986, Rutgers University
Research:  Bioluminescence and biorhythms
Office:  ASCL 354, ext: 3-2036
E-mail:  Lawrence.Fritz@calstatela.edu
Web:  coming soon

Margaret Jefferson, Ph.D.

Margaret Jefferson Professor, joined faculty in 1977
Ph.D., 1977, University of Arizona
Research:  LSAMP Programs
Office:  ASCB 323B, ext: 3-2059
E-mail:  mjeffer@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/mjeffer

Patrick Krug, Ph.D.

Patrick Krug Professor, joined faculty in 2002
Ph.D., 1998, University of California, San Diego
Research:  Ecology & Evolution of Marine Invertebrates
Office:  ASCL 314, ext: 3-2076
E-mail:  pkrug@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/pkrug/lab

Nathan Lanning, Ph.D.

Nathan Lanning Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2014
Ph.D., 2010, University of Michigan
Research:  Mitochondrial Systems Biology
Office:  ASCL 317, ext: 3-2092
E-mail:  nlannin@calstatela.edu
Web:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nathan_Lanning

Nancy McQueen, Ph.D.   (Assoc. Dean, Natural & Social Sciences)

Nancy McQueen Professor, joined faculty in 1989
Ph.D., 1986, University of California, Los Angeles
Research:  Viral Pathogenesis
Office:  ASCB Dean's Office, ext: 3-2000
E-mail:  nmcquee@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/nmcquee

Paul Narguizian, Ed.D.

Paul Narguizian Professor, joined faculty in 2002
Ed.D., 2002, University of Southern California
Research:  Evolution Education and the Nature of Science
Office:  ASCB 323C, ext: 3-2054
E-mail:  pnargui@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/pnargui/

Paul Nerenberg, Ph.D.

Paul Nerenberg Assistant Professor, joining faculty in 2016
Ph.D., 2010, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research:  Computational Biophysics
Office:  coming soon
E-mail:  pnerenb@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://www.psnlab.org

Robert Nissen, Ph.D.   (Chair, Biological Sciences)

Robert Nissen Professor, joined faculty in 2005
Ph.D., 2000, University of California, San Francisco
Research:  Molecular Mechanisms in Vertebrate Development
Office:  BIOS 143 and ASCL 216, ext: 3-2050 and 3-2039
E-mail:  rnissen@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/rnissen

Hyunsook Park, Ph.D.

Hyunsook Park

Associate Professor, joined faculty in 2007

Ph.D., Ewha Womans University
Research:  Fungal Pathogenesis
Office:  ASCL 353, ext: 3-2060
E-mail:  hpark8@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/hyunsook-park

Edith Porter, M.D.

Edith Porter Professor, joined faculty in 2001
M.D., 1989, University of Mainz, Germany
Research:  Innate Mucosal Immunity
Office:  ASCL 355, ext: 3-6353
E-mail:  eporter@calstatela.edu
Web:  Coming Soon

Carlos Robles, Ph.D.

Carlos Robles Professor, joined faculty in 1979
Ph.D., 1979, University of California, Berkeley
Research:  Benthic Marine Ecology
Office:  ASCB 323A, ext: 3-2067
E-mail:  crobles@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://cea-crest.calstatela.edu/crobleswebsite2.htm

Amelia Russo-Neustadt, M.D., Ph.D.

Amelia Russo-Neustadt Professor, joined faculty in 1999
Ph.D., 1988, M.D., 1990, University of California, Irvine
Research:  Neurophysiology of the Brain
Office:  ASCL 217, ext: 3-2074
E-mail:  arusson@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/arusson

Tina Salmassi, Ph.D.

Tina Salmassi Professor, joined faculty in 2002
Ph.D., 2001, California Institute of Technology
Research:  Environmental Microbiology
Office:  ASCL 315, ext: 3-2065
E-mail:  tsalmas@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/tsalmas

Sandra Sharp, Ph.D.

Sandra Sharp Professor, joined faculty in 1986
Ph.D., 1981, University of California, Los Angeles
Research:  Molecular Regulatory Mechanisms of Development
Office:  ASCL 316, ext: 3-2072
E-mail:  ssharp@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/ssharp

Elizabeth Torres, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Torres Professor, joined faculty in 1998
Ph.D., 1997, University of California, Los Angeles
Research:  Taxonomy & Evolution of Marine Ostracodes
Office:  ASCL 313, ext: 3-2179
E-mail:  etorre11@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/etorre11/etorre11.htm

Eric Wood, Ph.D.

Eric Wood Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2015
Ph.D., 2011, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research:  Avian Ecology and Conservation
Office:  ASCL 312, ext: 3-2055
E-mail:  EricMWood@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://www.ericmwood.org

Howard Xu, Ph.D.

Howard Xu Professor, joined faculty in 2004
Ph.D., 1992, University of Minnesota
Research:  Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Office:  ASCL 356, ext: 3-2188
E-mail:  hxu3@calstatela.edu
Web:  http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/hxu3

Katrina Yamazaki, Ph.D.

Katrina Yamazaki

Associate Professor, joined faculty in 2011

Ph.D., 2009, University of California, San Diego
Research:  Cardiovascular Metabolism
Office:  ASCB 323E, ext: 3-2086
E-mail:  kyamaza@calstatela.edu


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