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Faculty

Frank Bayliss

Frank Bayliss

Professor; Director of the Student Enrichment Opportunities Office
University of California Davis
Office: 
Sci 200
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1071
Katharyn Boyer

Katharyn Boyer

Professor
UCLA (Ph.D), San Diego State (M.S.), University of Maryland, College Park (B.S.)
Office: 
Romberg Tiburon Center, Bldg 36, rm 204; Hensill Hall 545
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-3751
Specialties: 
Wetland and coastal ecology and restoration, community ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, nutrient dynamics, trophic interactions, habitat structure
Jennifer Breckler

Jennifer Breckler

Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
Office: 
426 Hensill Hall
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-2340
Specialties: 
My current research focus is on science education: 1) Biology student learning styles and course performance. 2) Kinesthetic approaches to teaching introductory biology, histology and physiology. 3) Impact of introductory biology coursework on student career choice.
Laura Burrus

Laura Burrus

Professor
University of Wisconsin
Office: 
Hensill Hall 710
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-7680
Specialties: 
developmental biology, cancer biology, neural tube patterning, cell signaling, generation of morphogen gradients, biochemistry of Wnt lipid modifications

Jason Cantley

Assistant Professor
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Edward Carpenter

Edward Carpenter

Professor
North Carolina State University
Office: 
#300, Bldg 36, Romberg Tiburon Center
Office Phone: 
415-338-3732
Specialties: 
Marine phytoplankton ecology, nutrient cycling, primary productivity, ocean acidification effects, microbial ecology
Mark Chan

Mark Chan

Assistant Professor
Stanford
Office: 
668A
Office Phone: 
415-405-2864
Specialties: 
Organelle size control in budding yeast, Cell Biology, Fluorescence microscopy, Computational imaging analysis
Joseph Chen

Joseph Chen

Associate Professor
Harvey Mudd College, Harvard University
Office: 
Hensill Hall 623
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-2762
Specialties: 
Bacterial Genetics and Physiology, Molecular Microbiology: how are subcellular components synthesized and assembled at the appropriate time and place in response to internal cues and environmental conditions?
Lily Chen

Lily Chen

Professor
State University of New York, Buffalo
Office: 
Hensill Hall 546
Office Phone: 
415-338-6763
Specialties: 
microbial pathogenesis, public health microbiology, biotechnology and Professional Science Master's degree
Diana Chu

Diana Chu

Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
Office: 
Hensill Hall 764
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-3487
Specialties: 
epigenetics, chromatin, gene expression, chromosome dynamics, male fertility
William P. Cochlan

William P. Cochlan

RTC Research Professor
University of British Columbia (Ph.D. and B.Sc-H), Dalhousie Univ. (M.Sc.)
Office: 
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-3541
Specialties: 
Marine Microbial Ecology and Oceanography, specifically phytoplankton ecology and physiology, harmful algal blooms (HABs) nutrient dynamics, algal biofuels and ocean acidification.
C. Sarah Cohen

C. Sarah Cohen

Professor
University of Washington
Office: 
Hensill 545, and RTC, Bldg 36 first floor
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-3750
Specialties: 
Population biology and genetics, molecular evolution of marine animals and plants. Evolution of recognition systems in colonial invertebrates and vertebrates.
Edward F. Connor

Edward F. Connor

Professor
Florida State University
Office: 
Hensill 760
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-6997
Specialties: 
Population and quantitative ecology; insect-plant interactions.
Robyn Crook

Robyn Crook

Assistant Professor
City University of New York
Office: 
HH 419
Specialties: 
Neurobiology, Sensory Neuroscience, Pain Physiology, Animal Behavior, Comparative Physiology, Nervous System Evolution
Karen Crow

Karen Crow

Associate Professor
University of California, Santa Cruz
Office: 
Hensill 214
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-2760
Specialties: 
Evolution and ecology of fishes, Ichthyology, Molecular evolution of duplicate genes, Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo-Devo)
Wilfred Denetclaw

Wilfred Denetclaw

Associate Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Office: 
Hensill 704
Office Phone: 
415-338-1784
Specialties: 
Cell biology and development.
Dennis E. Desjardin

Dennis E. Desjardin

Professor and Director of the Harry D. Thiers Herbarium
University of Tennessee
Office: 
Hensill 429
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-2439
Specialties: 
Fungal systematics, ecology and biogeography with a focus on species associated with tropical and island habitats. Bioluminescent fungi. Phylogeny of mushroom-forming lineages.
Carmen Domingo

Carmen Domingo

Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Office: 
Hensill 705
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-6995
Specialties: 
Vertebrate development and gene regulation.
Richard Dugdale

Richard Dugdale

RTC Research Professor
University of Wisconsin
Office: 
Romberg Tiburon Center
Office Phone: 
415-338-3518
Specialties: 
Biogeochemical cycling and the interaction of phytoplankton, nutrients and CO2

Lauren A. Esposito, PhD

Office Phone: 
415-379-5728
Megumi Fuse

Megumi Fuse

Professor
University of Toronto
Office: 
HH 422
Office Phone: 
415-405-0728
Specialties: 
Insect endocrinology and neurobiology
Michael A. Goldman

Michael A. Goldman

Professor and Chair
Purdue University
Office: 
Hensill Hall 534
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1549
Specialties: 
chromatin structure, human genetics, developmental biology
John Hafernik

John Hafernik

Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Office: 
Hensill 519
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1740
Specialties: 
Evolution, ecology and conservation biology of insects and their relatives.
Zheng-Hui He

Zheng-Hui He

Professor
University of Virginia
Office: 
Hensill 550
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-6193
Specialties: 
Molecular Mechanisms of Cell-Cell and Cell-Environment Communications in Plant Development, Vitamin B6 and Ultraviolet B (UV-B) Signaling, Plant Stress Physiology.
Wim Kimmerer

Wim Kimmerer

RTC Research Professor
University of Hawai'i
Office: 
Romberg Tiburon Center
Office Phone: 
415-338-3515
Specialties: 
Aquatic ecosystem of the San Francisco Estuary
Gretchen LeBuhn

Gretchen LeBuhn

Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara
Office: 
Hensill 741
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-0729
Specialties: 
Sierra nevada ecology, urban ecology, conservation biology, plant evolutionary ecology, solitary bee population and community ecology, monitoring, climate change in alpine environments
Leticia Márquez-Magaña

Leticia Márquez-Magaña

Professor
Stanford BS/MS in Biological Sciences; UC Berkeley PhD in Biochemistry, Stanford Medical Center Post-doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Pharmacology
Office: 
Hensill Hall 664
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-3289
Specialties: 
bacterial genetics; transitioning to cancer disparities research
Christopher Moffatt

Christopher Moffatt

Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Office: 
Hensill 420
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1631
Specialties: 
Hormonal modulation of neural mechanisms
Karina Nielsen

Karina Nielsen

Director and Professor Romberg Tiburon Center and Department of Biology
Brooklyn College City University of New York; Oregon State University
Office: 
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Building 36, room 203
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-3713
Specialties: 
Coastal ecosystems, community ecology, biological oceanography, environmental physiology, conservation biology, natural history and science policy.
V. Thomas Parker

V. Thomas Parker

Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara
Office: 
Hensill Hall 449
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-2375
Specialties: 
Plant Ecology, Community Ecology, Vegetation dynamics (dispersal, seed banks, seedling establishment, mycorrhizae), Fire Ecology, Vegetation conservation and management, Evolution and Ecology of Arctostaphylos (Ericaceae) and Ceanothus (Rhamnaceae), Tidal Wetlands, Chaparral, Mixed Evergreen Forests
Sally G Pasion

Sally G Pasion

Associate Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
Office: 
Hensill Hall 668C
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-0736
Specialties: 
DNA replication, DNA repair, telomere biology, cell cycle regulation, genetics
Robert Patterson

Robert Patterson

Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara
Office: 
Hensill 451
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1237
Specialties: 
Systematic Botany. Phylogenetics of Linanthus & Leptosiphon (Polemoniaceae) and Phacelia (Boraginaceae). California floristics.
Pleuni Pennings

Pleuni Pennings

Assistant Professor
PhD: Ludwig Maximillian's University, Munich
Office: 
Hensill Hall 520 and 763
Specialties: 
Evolution, drug resistance, HIV, population genetics, mathematical modeling, computer simulations, (sequence) data analysis.
Robert Ramirez

Robert Ramirez

Professor
B.S. in Biology, Univ. of California, Riverside, 1981. Ph.D. in Microbiology, Univ. of California, Davis, 1990.
Office: 
Hensill 665
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1102
Specialties: 
Teaching: Microbial Physiology and Virology. Research: Osmoregulation in yeast
Blake Riggs

Blake Riggs

Assistant Professor
UC Santa Cruz
Office: 
HH 724
Office Phone: 
(415)338-1499
Specialties: 
mitotic spindle assembly, chromosome segregation, mitotic membrane rearrangement, cell division
Rori Rohlfs

Rori Rohlfs

Assistant Professor
University of Washington
Office: 
HH 762
Specialties: 
population genetics, evolution, statistical genetics, gene expression, forensic genetics
Joseph Romeo

Joseph Romeo

Professor
University of California, San Diego
Office: 
Hensill Hall 513
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-6008
Specialties: 
Molecular virology, mechanisms of HIV latency and immune evasion, regulation of gene expression
Barry Rothman

Barry Rothman

Professor; Pre-Health Professions Advisor
Haverford College (BS, 1969) and California Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1976)
Office: 
Hensill Hall, Room 221
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-2418 (no voicemail)
Specialties: 
Professor of Biology Chair, Health Professions Advising Committee Director, Pre-Health Professions Certificate Program Director, SFSU - University of Pacific Dental Post-Bac Program Director, Summer Science Institute
Eric Routman

Eric Routman

Professor
Washington University
Office: 
Hensill Hall 761
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1196
Specialties: 
Population Genetics Quantitative Genetics Phylogeography
Scott Roy

Scott Roy

Assistant Professor
Harvard University
Office: 
HH421
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1359
Specialties: 
Bioinformatics, Molecular Evolution
Ravinder Sehgal

Ravinder Sehgal

Associate Professor
University of California, San Francisco
Office: 
Hensill Hall 723
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-0329
Specialties: 
Avian Parasitology, Ecology of Infectious Disease
Kevin Simonin

Kevin Simonin

Assistant Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Office: 
Hensill Hall 433
Specialties: 
Environmental Plant Biology
Greg Spicer

Greg Spicer

Professor
University of Chicago
Office: 
Hensill 755
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-6756
Specialties: 
Evolutionary biology and molecular systematics of insects, mites, and birds.
Jonathon Stillman

Jonathon Stillman

Professor
Oregon State University
Office: 
Romberg Tiburon Center, B36. @ SFSU: Hensill 425
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-3790
Specialties: 
Environmental and evolutionary physiology of marine organisms, functional genomics of porcelain crabs, thermal physiology, responses to climate change.
Andrea Swei

Andrea Swei

Assistant Professor
U C Berkeley
Office: 
HH 664
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1753
Specialties: 
Disease ecology, population and community ecology, metagenomic analysis, transcriptome profiling, and next generation sequencing
Kimberly Tanner

Kimberly Tanner

Professor; Director of SEPAL
University of California, San Francisco
Office: 
SEPAL Laboratory in Hensill Hall 243
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-3438
Specialties: 
biology education research, equity and diversity in science, science education research, science teaching methods for scientists, partnerships with K-12 schools, development of novel assessment tools, community college biology teaching, cognitive psychology research
Anne Todgham

Anne Todgham

Assistant Professor
University of British Columbia
Office: 
Hensill Hall 437
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-2864
Specialties: 
Ecological physiology, environmental genomics, climate change biology
José R. de la Torre

José R. de la Torre

Associate Professor
University of California, San Francisco
Office: 
Hensill Hall 437
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-7043
Specialties: 
Microbial Ecology & Evolution, Comparative & Functional Genomics, Metagenomics, Microbiology of High Temperature Environments (Hot Springs), Archaea
Vance Thomas Vredenburg

Vance Thomas Vredenburg

Associate Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Office: 
Hensill Hall 754
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-7296
Specialties: 
Ecology of emerging infectious disease, amphibian ecology and biogeography, aquatic food webs
Gerdi Weidner

Gerdi Weidner

Research Professor
Kansas State University
Office: 
Romberg Tiburon Center, Building 39 Room 217
Office Phone: 
415-338-3722
Specialties: 
Psychosocial and behavioral contributions to non-communicable chronic diseases (focus: cardiovascular diseases); public health, global health; gender differences
Steven L. Weinstein

Steven L. Weinstein

Associate Professor
University of California, San Francisco
Office: 
Hensill 670
Office Phone: 
415-338-1843
Specialties: 
Signal transduction and regulation of gene expression in macrophages; immune response to infection; inflammation
Frances Wilkerson

Frances Wilkerson

RTC Research Professor
University of Bristol
Office: 
Romberg Tiburon Center
Office Phone: 
415-338-3519
Specialties: 
Nutrient and phytoplankton interactions in the sea, especially those involving diatoms and eutrophic regions.
Stan Williams

Stan Williams

Professor
Arizona State University
Office: 
Hensill 216
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-1695
Specialties: 
Origin, distribution and affinities of American scorpions. Cladistic and phenetic relationships among arthropods, especially scorpions. Arthropod bionomics (particularly of Arachnids). Evolution of morphological mechanisms of scorpions. Urban entomology. Effects of environmental disturbance on species diversity in arthropods.
Andrew Zink

Andrew Zink

Associate Professor
Cornell University
Office: 
Hensill 436
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-2761
Specialties: 
The ecology and evolution of animal social behavior