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.

Dr. Andres Aguilar
Associate Professor, joined faculty in 2013
Ph.D., 2003, University of California, Los Angeles
Research:  Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics
Office:  ASCR 323E, ext: 3-2078
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  http://andresaguilar.weebly.com

Susan Cohen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2017
Ph.D., 2009, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ResearchMolecular Microbiology
Office:  ASCL 354, ext: 3-2091
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Web:  http://cohenlabcsula.weebly.com/ 

Robert A. Desharnais, Ph.D.   

Dr. Robert Desharnais

Professor Emeritus, joined faculty in 1988
Ph.D., 1982, University of Rhode Island
Research:  Theoretical Population Biology
Office:  ASCR 323D, ext: 3-2056
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  http://caldera.calstatela.edu/rdeshar

Raul Diaz, Ph.D.

Dr. Raul Diaz

Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2019
Ph.D., 2012, Anatomy and Cell Biology. University of Kansas Medical Center
ResearchEvolutionary Developmental Biology of Vertebrates
Office:  LKH 394, ext: 3-2077
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  http://www.Reptile-Embryos.com (under construction)



Edward Eivers, Ph.D.

Dr. Edward Eivers
Associate 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:  [email protected]

Kirsten Fisher, Ph.D. (Chair, Biological Sciences)

Dr. Kirsten Fisher

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:  [email protected]
Web:  https://kfisherlab.weebly.com/

Lawrence Fritz, Ph.D.

Dr. Larry Fritz
Professor, joined faculty in 2014
Ph.D., 1986, Rutgers University
Research:  Bioluminescence and biorhythms
Office:  ASCL 354, ext: 3-2036
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  coming soon

Ashley Heers, Ph.D.

Dr. Ashley Heers
Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2018
Ph.D., 2013, University of Montana
Research:  Ontogeny and evolution of vertebrate locomotion
Office:  ASCL 316, ext: 3-2072
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  coming soon

Patrick Krug, Ph.D.

Dr. 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:  [email protected]
Web:  https://patkrug70.wixsite.com/website

Nathan Lanning, Ph.D.

Dr. Nathan Lanning
Associate Professor, joined faculty in 2014
Ph.D., 2010, University of Michigan
Research:  Mitochondrial Systems Biology
Office:  ASCL 317, ext: 3-2092
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  http://www.lanninglab.com 

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

Dr. Nancy McQueen
Professor, joined faculty in 1989
Ph.D., 1986, University of California, Los Angeles
Research:  Viral Pathogenesis
Office:  Rosser Hall Dean's Office, ext: 3-2000
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  /faculty/nmcquee

Paul Narguizian, Ed.D.

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

Paul Nerenberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Nerenberg
Assistant Professor, joining faculty in 2016
Ph.D., 2010, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research:  Computational Biophysics
Office:  ASCR 121D, ext: 3-2122
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  http://www.psnlab.org

Robert Nissen, Ph.D.  

Dr. 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:  [email protected]
Web:  /faculty/rnissen

Hyunsook Park, Ph.D.

Dr. Hyunsook Park

Professor, joined faculty in 2007

Ph.D., Ewha Womans University
Research:  Fungal Pathogenesis
Office:  ASCL 353, ext: 3-2060
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  /faculty/hyunsook-park

Edith Porter, M.D. (Associate Chair, Biological Sciences)

Dr. 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:  [email protected]
Web: /faculty/edith-porter

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

Dr. Amelia Russo
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:  [email protected]
Web:  http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/arusson

Tina Salmassi, Ph.D.

Dr. Tina Salmassi
Professor, joined faculty in 2002
Ph.D., 2001, California Institute of Technology
Research:  Environmental Microbiology
Office:  ASCL 214, ext: 3-2065
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/tsalmas

Christine Scoffoni, Ph.D.

Christine Scoffoni
Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2017
Ph.D., 2014, University of California, Los Angeles
ResearchPlant Physiology, Anatomy, Ecology, and Evolution
Office:  ASCR 323B, ext: 3-2059
E-mail[email protected]
Web:  www.scoffonilab.com

Sandra Sharp, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandra Sharp

Professor Emeritus, joined faculty in 1986

Ph.D., 1981, University of California, Los Angeles
Research:  Molecular Regulatory Mechanisms of Development
Office:  ASCL 212, ext: 3-5857
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web:  /faculty/ssharp

Elizabeth Torres, Ph.D.

Dr. 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:  [email protected]
Web:  /faculty/etorre11/etorre11.htm

Eric Wood, Ph.D.

Dr. 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:  [email protected]
Web:  http://www.ericmwood.org

Alexandra Wright, Ph.D.

Alexandra Wright

Assistant Professor, joined faculty in 2017

Ph.D., 2013, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
ResearchPlant Community Ecology, Ecophysiology
Office:  ASCL 315, ext: 3-2065
E-mail[email protected] 


Howard Xu, Ph.D.

Dr. 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:  [email protected]
Web:  /research/hxu3

Katrina Yamazaki, Ph.D.

Dr. Katrina Yamazaki

Associate Professor, joined faculty in 2011

Ph.D., 2009, University of California, San Diego
Research:  Cardiovascular Metabolism
Office:  ASCL 215, ext: 3-2086
E-mail:  [email protected]


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