Biology Department

Contact

Fern E. Cardella

Fern E. Cardella

Department Assistant
585-389-2667
fcardel7@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 222A
Additional Positions:
Department Assistant in Mathematics
Senior Department Assistant in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty

Carol E. Roote

Carol E. Roote

Associate Professor & Chair
585-389-2547
croote7@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 105
Bio

Education: Ph.D., University of Rochester (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology); M.S., University of Rochester (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology); B.S., Grove City College (Biology)

Teaching and Research Interests: Developmental biology, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics. Currently, I am interested in the role of the cytoskeleton during development of the nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. I am studying tubulin proteins (which make up microbubules) that are specifically expressed in the intestine of the worms. I look at worms that are mutant for particular tubulin genes to see what goes wrong in their absence to try to understand what these tubulins are doing normally in the intestines of the worms.

Beverly Brown

Beverly Brown

Associate Professor
585-389-2555
bbrown6@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 104
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Ecology, Kent State University; M.S Biology, University of Akron; M.A. Urban Studies and Planning, Antioch University; B.A. Biology and Creative Writing, Evergreen State College; Certificate in Horticultural Therapy, Horticultural Therapy Institute; Registered Horticultural Therapist (HTR), American Horticultural Therapy Association

Teaching and Research Interests: Plant biology, including pollination, plant responses to the environment, and best practices for propagating plants; medicinal and cultural use of plants; using plants to remove toxicants from the environment; the neurobiology of learning and its application in the classroom; and horticultural therapy.

Padmini Das

Padmini Das

Assistant Professor
585-389-2552
pdas8@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 103
Bio

Education: Ph.D., Montclair State University, environmental management; M.S., University of Texas, San Antonio, environmental science and engineering; M.S., University of Pune, India, environmental science; B.S., Modern College, University of Pune, microbiology

Research: My multidisciplinary research in environmental quality and remediation focuses on cleaning up nature using its own means. We develop natural techniques such as bioremediation (using microbes) and phytoremediation (using plants) to remediate soil and water pollution. Ongoing projects: Investigate the potential of eutrophication of Lake Ontario (evident in massive algal bloom in summer). Develop sustainable techniques to reduce the Great Lakes’ eutrophication potential, to clean up lead-contaminated backyards, and to clean up bisphenol A (BPA). I train undergraduates to think like independent researchers, using cutting-edge research skills and a deep understanding of research goals, hypotheses, and future applicability.

Qiang Lou

Qiang Lou

Assistant Professor
585-389-5165
qlou0@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 107
Additional Positions:
Director of the Chinese Student Support Services in Center for International Education
Matthew Temple

Matthew Temple

Professor
585-389-2551
mtemple2@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 122
Bio

Education: Ph.D., Georgetown University; M.A., The Catholic University of America; B.A., The Catholic University of America

Teaching and Research Interests: Bioinformatics: computer analysis of DNA and protein sequences; computerized image analysis: three-dimensional microscopy of cells.

Brian W. Witz

Brian W. Witz

Professor of Biology
585-389-2554
bwitz7@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 120
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Biology, University of South Florida; M.S. Zoology, University of South Florida; B.A. Biology with a minor in secondary education, Adelphi University

Teaching and Research Interests: Amphibian/reptilian physiological ecology; vertebrate anatomy. Specifically, I am interested in digestive physiology, including macronutrient absorption efficiencies, the metabolic cots associated with digestion, and chitinolytic enzyme systems. I am also interested in thermal physiology, energetics (especially metabolism), and anti predator mechanisms of reptiles and amphibians.

Stephanie M. Zamule

Stephanie M. Zamule

Assistant Professor and Toxicology Program Director
585-389-5078
szamule5@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 106
Bio

Education: Ph.D., Integrative Biosciences, The Pennsylvania State University; B.S., Biology, Duquesne University

Teaching and Research Interests: Toxicology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, scientific communication, online education. My current research focuses on bioremediation -- exploiting the natural metabolic capabilities of plants and bacteria to degrade pollutants in our environment.

Sharon A. Luxmore

Sharon A. Luxmore

Biology Lab Coordinator
585-389-2549
sluxmor4@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 133
Bio

Education: B.Sc., University of Guelph, Major: Microbiology

Research Assistance: Help students with the purchasing of chemicals, supplies, and equipment that they need for their research; finding equipment and space to work, as well as train in techniques or on equipment and act as a consultant for microbiology isolations, culturing, and testing.

Danielle C. Alcena

Danielle C. Alcena

Lecturer
585-389-2667
dalcena9@naz.edu
Maria Cecilia Barone

Maria Cecilia Barone

Lecturer
585-389-2667
mbarone6@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Lauren Rae Brooks

Lauren Rae Brooks

Lecturer
585-389-2667
lbrooks9@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Christopher J. Cappon

Christopher J. Cappon

Lecturer in Biology
585-389-2667
ccappo28@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Bio

Education: M.S., Case Western Reserve; M.S., University of Rochester; B.S., St. John Fisher College

Philip J. Dodge

Philip J. Dodge

Lecturer in Biology
585-389-2667
pdodge4@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Bio

Education: D.C., Life University School of Chiropractic; B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo

Edward P. Doyle

Edward P. Doyle

Lecturer
585-389-2667
edoyle418173@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Jonathan E. Falanga

Jonathan E. Falanga

Lecturer
585-389-2667
jfalang9@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Christopher E. Greene

Christopher E. Greene

Lecturer
585-389-2667
cgreen45@naz.edu
William Hallahan

William Hallahan

Faculty Emeritus
585-389-2548
whallah3@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 131
Sarah E.A. McConnell

Sarah E.A. McConnell

Lecturer
585-389-2667
smcconn5@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy Program
Ethan James Mix

Ethan James Mix

Lecturer
585-389-2667
emix8@naz.edu
Andrew Opett

Andrew Opett

Lecturer
585-389-6996
aopett5@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 214
Additional Positions:
Clinical Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy
Bio

Education: B.S. Biology, SUNY Geneseo; B.S. Health Sciences and M.S. Physical Therapy, Nazareth College; Ph.D. Physical Therapy, SUNY Upstate Medical University; board certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS); certified kinesiotaping practitioner by the Kinesiotaping Association of America.

Teaching and Research Interests: Human gross anatomy, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, pharmacology, musculoskeletal management. 

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Ziriga Oteme

Ziriga Oteme

Lecturer
585-389-2667
zoteme6@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Brendaliz Santiago

Brendaliz Santiago

Lecturer
585-389-2667
bsantia6@naz.edu
Adelaide Svoboda

Adelaide Svoboda

Lecturer
585-389-2548
asvobod9@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 131
Bio

Education: Ph.D Zoology., University of Colorado; B.S. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan

Teaching and Research Interests: Developmental biology, cell biology, and evolution. Current research involves determining the triggers for processes like gastrulation and tissue differentiation and using medaka fish (whose embryos are clear for viewing the entire developmental time period until a fish hatches from the egg) to study proteins associated with the developing embryos at various stages and after certain chemical treatments.

George M. Voelkl

George M. Voelkl

Lecturer
585-389-2667
gvoelkl0@naz.edu
Alin Vonica

Alin Vonica

Lecturer
585-389-2667
avonica4@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311