Biology Faculty

Aline Davis

Professor and Chair

Office: Hemenway 601A
Phone Number: 508-626-4797
Email: adavis@framingham.edu

Education
PhD, MS University of Maryland, Baltimore
BS Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests
Dr. Davis's research focuses on the effects of hormones on brain development.

Courses Taught
BIOL 114 A Human Perspective on Genetics
BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Biology
BIOL 161 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology
BIOL 235 Principles of Human Physiology
BIOL 241 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 242 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 308 Reading and Analysis of Biological Literature
BIOL 325 Neurobiology
NEUR 225 Biopsychology

Richard Beckwitt

Professor

Office: Hemenway 610
Phone Number: 508-626-4791
Email: rbeckwitt@framingham.edu

Education
PhD University of Southern California
BA University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests
Dr. Beckwitt's research interests include biochemistry and molecular evolution.  His current research is on the population genetics and molecular evolution of the hippopotamus.

Courses Taught
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 109 Introduction to Biological Science
BIOL 161 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology
BIOL 308 Reading and Analysis of Biological Literature
BIOL 341 Marine Biology
BIOL 402 Processes of Organic Evolution
BIOL 460 Research Experience in Biology
ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy

Bryan Connolly

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway 626
Phone Number: 508-626-4793
Email: bconnolly@framingham.edu

Education
PhD, MS University of Connecticut
BA University of Vermont

Research Interests
Dr. Connolly's research focuses on the taxonomy of the Rose family, pollination, invasive plants, and the flora of New England.

Courses Taught
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology laboratory
BIOL 203 Plants and Society
BIOL 240 Botanical Diversity
BIOL 251 Vascular Plant Taxonomy

Scholarly Articles Published

Dr. Connolly is co-author of an article just published in the American Journal of Botany:
Herbarium records are reliable sources of phenological change driven by climate and provide novel insights into species’ phenological cueing mechanisms. Am. J. Bot., October 2015, Vol. 102, No. 10: 1599-1609.
Here is the full text of the article.

 

Stephen Dinkelacker

Associate Professor

Office: Hemenway 416C
Phone Number: 508-626-4723
Email: sdinkelacker@framingham

Education
PhD Miami University
MS Frostburg State University

Research Interests
Dr. Dinkelacker's research focuses on physiological ecology
and conservation biology of reptiles.

Courses Taught
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 109 Introduction to Biological Science
BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Biology
BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL 200 Introduction to Environmental Science
BIOL 211 Biology of the Reptilia
BIOL 224 Animal Physiological Ecology
BIOL 233 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
BIOL 235 Principles of Human Physiology
BIOL 308 Reading and Analysis of Biological Literature
BIOL 406 Methods in Biological Research I
BIOL 407 Methods in Biological Research II

Sohini Ghoshroy

Visiting Lecturer

Office: Hemenway 624
Phone Number: 508-626-4955
Email: sghoshroy@framingham.edu

Education
PhD Clark University
MS University of Connecticut
MS, BS University of Calcutta

Research Interests
Dr. Ghoshroy is a molecular biologist interested in the molecular evolution of biochemical pathways in marine organisms.

Courses Taught
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 112 Biology of Marine Organisms
BIOL 203 Plants and Society

Amy Knapp

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway 614
Phone Number: 508-626-4085
Email: aknapp@framingham.edu

Education
PhD University of California, San Diego
BS University of California, Davis

Research Interests
Dr. Knapp's research focuses on skeletal muscle and exercise physiology.

Courses Taught
BIOL 161 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 235 Principles of Human Physiology
BIOL 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 303 Physiology of Exercise
BIOL 318 Writing for the Biological Sciences

Robin Kolnicki

Visiting Lecturer

Office: Hemenway 624
Phone Number: 508-626-4955
Email: rkolnicki@framingham.edu

Education
PhD, MS University of Massachusetts
MEd, BA American International College

Research Interests
Dr. Kolnicki's research focuses on evolution and biogeography in
lemurs and bats.

Courses Taught
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Biology

Andrea Kozol

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway 604
Phone Number: 508-215-5904
Email: akozol@framingham.edu

Education
PhD Boston University
AB Vassar College

Research Interests
Dr. Kozol's particular interests are in insect ecology and conservation biology.

Courses Taught
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 109 Introduction to Biological Science laboratory
BIOL 130 Principles of Biology
BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology laboratory
BIOL 248 Principles of Ecology laboratory
BIOL 308 Reading and Analysis of Biological Literature

Walter Lambert

Professor

Office: Hemenway 616
Phone Number: 508-626-4789
Email: wlambert@framingham.edu

Education
PhD, MS University of New Hampshire
BS University of Rhode Island

Research Interests
Dr. Lambert's research focuses on the biology and impact of invasive species in marine communities.

Courses Taught
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 112 Biology of Marine Organisms
BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL 161 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 232 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 305 Cetacean Biology and Conservation
BIOL 406 Methods in Biological Research I

Aviva Liebert

Associate Professor

Office: Hemenway 602
Phone Number: 508-626-4790
Email: aliebert@framingham.edu

Education
PhD University of California, Los Angeles
AB Dartmouth College

Research Interests
Dr. Liebert's research focuses on the behavior, ecology, and genetics of social insects.

Courses Taught
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL 248 Principles of Ecology
BIOL 460 Research Experience in Biology

Dr. Liebert also teaches the Professional Preparation course for students training to be middle and high school science teachers, and supervises student teachers in the sciences.

Eugene Muller

Professor

Office: Hemenway 522
Phone Number: 508-626-4798
Email: gmuller@framingham.edu

Education
PhD, MS State University of New York, Buffalo
MS Southeastern Massachusetts University
BS Southhampton College

Research Interests
Dr. Muller's research focuses on adhesion mechanisms and virulence of several species of Staphylococcus.

Courses Taught
BIOL 307 Principles of Microbiology
BIOL 340 Immunology
BIOL 371 Medical Microbiology

Rebecca Shearman

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway 612
Phone Number: 508-626-4796
Email: rshearman@framingham.edu

Education
PhD University of Chicago
BA Franklin and Marshall College

Research Interests
Dr. Shearman's research focuses on the evolution and development of the vertebrate musculoskeletal system.

Courses Taught
BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Biology
BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL 161 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 233 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 318 Writing for the Biological Sciences
BIOL 402 Processes of Organic Evolution
BIOL 407 Methods in Biological Research II
BIOL 409 Developmental Biology

Amanda Simons

Associate Professor

Office: Hemenway 608
Phone Number: 508-626-4681
Email: asimons@framingham.edu

Education
PhD Harvard University
BS University of Delaware

Research Interests
Dr. Simon's research focuses on tumor suppressor proteins that help to repair damaged DNA in cells.

Courses Taught
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 114 A Human Perspective on Genetics
BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology
BIOL 208 Genetics
BIOL 260 Cell Biology
BIOL 262 Molecular Biology
BIOL 318 Writing for the Biological Sciences
BIOL 356 Biology of Cancer
BIOL 453 Seminar in Recombinant DNA Technology

Brandi Van Roo

Professor

Office: Hemenway 606
Phone Number: 508-626-4799
Email: bvanroo@framingham.edu

Education
PhD Indiana University
BS SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Research Interests
Dr. Van Roo investigates breeding behaviors and breeding hormones in songbirds.

Courses Taught
BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL 205 Wildlife Specimen Preparation Techniques
BIOL 248 Principles of Ecology
BIOL 320 Animal Behavior
BIOL 335 Principles of Wildlife Biology
BIOL 336 Ornithology
BIOL 360 Wildlife Management and Conservation Topics
BIOL 406 Methods in Biological Research I

Jeffrey D. White

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway 620
Phone Number: 508-215-5721
Email: jwhite10@framingham.edu

Education
PhD (2015) Michigan State University, East Lansing MI
MS (2011) Michigan State University, East Lansing MI
BS (2008) St. Michael's College, Colchester VT

Research Interests
Dr. White studies limnology, freshwater ecology, harmful phytoplankton, and ecological consequences of biological trait variation in species.

Courses Taught
BIOL 109 Introduction to Biological Science
BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL 308 Reading and Analysis of Biological Literature
BIOL 321 Limnology