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Office of the Director

Office of the Director

Name
Lolita Jenkins
Administrative Specialist
480-727-8987
Kenro Kusumi
Professor

Dean of natural sciences and professor in the School of Life Sciences in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Kusumi's research focuses on vertebrate genomics.

480-965-8065
1100 S. McAllister Ave. Armstrong Hall, Suite 240
Christine Willett
Assistant to Director
Melissa Yubeta
Director of Operations

Directs the budgetary, human resources, and financial operations for The School of Life Sciecnes. Arizona State University employee since 1997.

480-965-8731
Life Sciences E-wing Room 223

Business Office

Business Office

Name
Catherine Ashmead
Business Operations Manager Sr.

Ashmead is the Business Operations Manager Sr. in School of life Sciences.

480-965-5428
School of Life Sciences MC 4501
Kristine England
Business Operations Specialist
Krista Hartrick
Business Ops Specialist Sr

Manages Workday, B/O Inbox, and iLab approvals Acts as Travel ATO. Monitors/oversees a variety of account expenditures and organizes/prepares departmental administrative and financial reports. Administers stipend payments.

Kayleen Lilly
Business Operations Specialist

Provides order placement and order follow up assistance. Responsible for, cash handling, supplier registration, and parking validations. Acts as department P-Card holder.

480-965-9119
LSE 222
Maricel Scalzo
Business Operations Specialist Sr
480-965-3577

ASU Center for Biology and Society

ASU Center for Biology and Society

Name
Karin Ellison
Clinical Professor

Ellison's research and teaching focus on research ethics and ethics education. She directs the School of Life Science Ethics Program, is an editor for the Online Ethics Center (onlineethics.org), and serves on the APPE board.

480-727-7111
LSC 270
Jane Maienschein
University Professor of History of Science; Regents, President's, and Parents Association Professor; Dir., Center for Biology and Society; Faculty Leader, Human Dimensions; Distinguished Sustainability Scientist

Maienschein and her team research embryology, genetics, and cell biology. She specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society.

480-965-6105
LSC 284
Jessica Ranney
Assistant Director
480-965-5364
Life Science C-wing 284 BOX 873301

ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Name
Leah Gerber
Founding Director

Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

480-727-3109
LSA 212

Facilities

Facilities

Name
David Bello
Academic Facilities Specialist
480-965-0587
LSE 237
Miguel Carrillo Dominguez
Academic Facilities Spec Sr
Christopher McAdams
Project Manager, Construction & Laboratory Operations SOLS Environmental Health and Safety Officer
480-965-9914
427 East Tyler Mall LSE 251
Kevin McGraw
Professor; Associate Director, Operations and Facilities

McGraw is an integrative behavioral ecologist who primarily studies the colors of animals such as birds to understand the costs, benefits and evolution of visual signals.

480-727-1670
LSE 405
Judy Swartz
Asst Manager
480-727-6004
LSE 237

Graduate Office

Graduate Office

Name
Emilia Martins
Professor; Associate Director, Graduate Programs

Martins studies behavioral evolution by mapping the ancient history of lizard communication in the southwestern US and by studying how sensory systems impact social behavior in the biomedically-important zebrafish.

480-965-0864
School of Life Sciences 372 Life Sciences Building A
Kylie Burkholder
Graduate Support Coord
Christopher Ferneding
Graduate Program Student Service Support Coordinator
Amanda Vigil
Manager Graduate Programs
480-965-4016

IT Support

IT Support

Name
James Lagnese
Systems Support Analyst (IT), CC Tempe Deskside Support
480-965-7863
LSE B72 427 E Tyler Mall

Laboratory Coordinators

Laboratory Coordinators

Name
Joanna Henry
Laboratory Coordinator
480-965-3317
LSA L1-90
Heather Hutcherson
Laboratory Coordinator
LSC L1-54 Basement Level of LSC
Kim Michel
Laboratory Coordinator
480-965-1653
LSC 226
Gary Tahmahkera
Laboratory Coordinator
480-965-4138
School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Programs

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications

Name
James Baxter
Web Application Developer (IT)

Web developer with the ASU School of Life Sciences' Visualization Lab

480-965-5030
LSE B61-D
Carl Jimenez
Events/Admin Program Cdr
480-727-3617
Megan Joyce
Graphic Design Specialist
Samantha Lloyd
MultiMedia Specialist

A videographer in the VisLab working with departments across ASU to tell their stories in the most compelling and visually interesting way possible.

965-9167
LSE B60
Dominique Perkins
Marketing and Communications Manager

Dominique Perkins is the Marketing and Communication Manager for the School of Life Sciences. She specializes in science writing and in using storytelling and branding to build connection and community.

Jo Ramirez
Desktop Publishing Spec

Jo works to assist with the daily needs of designers in the production of creative work for both the School of Life Sciences and other departments while attending a rigorous curriculum toward a degree in Music Therapy.

480-965-8109
LSE B61
Jacob Sahertian
Dir Academic Media

Mr. Sahertian runs the VisLab, an ASU design studio offering a complete range of graphic, web and video design services for various marketing needs...

480-727-8743
LSE B58

Personnel Office

Personnel Office

Name
Susan Sapergia
Dept HR Manager
480-965-9299
Department HR Specialist
Lisa Nuttall
Department HR Specialist
480-727-8319

Research Advancement

Research Advancement

Name
Research Advancement Manager
480-965-0200
USB MC4501 Life Science E-Wing
Management Intern
Wim Vermaas
Foundation Professor;Associate Director Research and Training Initiatives

Vermaas and his team conduct basic and applied research on cyanobacteria, a group of photosynthetic microbes, using these organisms as a chassis to produce useful compounds (biofuels, green chemicals) from sunlight and CO2.

480-965-6250
LSE 549

Research Staff

Research Staff

Name
Frank Bungartz
Herbarium Research Specialist

Arizona State University
July 2017 - present: Curator of Lichens and Digital Data

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands
November 2004 - present: Adjunct Scientist (CDF Lichen Inventory)

480-727-5867
Natural History Collections, Room 151D 734 W Alameda Dr
Bianca Cruz
Research/Lab Aide
David Fleming
Research Technician
Leah Gaines-Sewell
Research Specialist

Leah currently manages the Grimm lab and is working on the Sycamore RAPID project studying the effects of large wildfires on the Sycamore Creek watershed.

Kevin Haight
Research Specialist Sr
480-727-0954
LSE 218
Murray Johnston
Research Specialist
Sangmi Lee
Research Specialist Sr
480-727-5977
734 W. Alameda Dr., Suite #147
Elizabeth Makings
Research Specialist

I am a botanist interested in the diversity, distribution, and evolutionary history of plants and applying this knowledge toward outreach and conservation.

ASU Herbarium 734 W. Alameda
Katelin Pearson
Research Analyst
503-530-0006
Research/Lab Assistant
James Roth
Research Technician
480-965-5232
LSC 410
Dakota Rowsey
Research Specialist- Vertebrate Collections
480-727-5870
Alameda Building Room 149B 734 W Alameda Dr.
Yvette Ruiz
Research Specialist Sr
602-543-3652
6161 E. Mayo Blvd. ASU Health Futures Center

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Name
Shelley Haydel
Professor; Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs

Haydel is an infectious disease microbiologist investigating new antibiotics to fight resistant infections, new technologies to diagnose infections in less than 2 hours, and how bacteria cause disease in humans.

480-727-7234
BDB 320A
Christy Jersin Woods
Instructional Designer Assoc
480-965-1964
Lenora Ott
Instructional Designer
Teaching Innovation Center LSC L1-52D
Amy Pate
Associate Director of Faculty Support
480-965-1033
427 Tyler Mall LSC L1-52A
Sarah Prosory
Instructional Designer

Instructional Designer, School of Life Sciences

Courtney Shobert
Associate Director, Academic Programs
Laura Zafirakis
Business Analyst

Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Advising

Name
Shelley Haydel
Professor; Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs

Haydel is an infectious disease microbiologist investigating new antibiotics to fight resistant infections, new technologies to diagnose infections in less than 2 hours, and how bacteria cause disease in humans.

480-727-7234
BDB 320A
Student Services Coord Assoc
Serena Christianson
Academic Success Advising Coordinator

Dr. Christianson is the senior on-campus SOLS advisor & career/internship coordinator. In 2021 she received ASU’s Excellence in Advising Experienced Advisor Award & the National Outstanding Advising Primary Advising Award.

Milton Corbin
Academic Success Advisor

Corbin has been a part of the ASU community for 4 years as an Academic Success Specialist and joined the School of Life Sciences undergraduate advising team January 2020. He enjoys helping students.

480-965-3450
Christine Ditter
Academic Success Advisor

Ditter has worked for ASU for 3 years and joined the SOLS Advising team in January 2020. With an emphasis on personal development, she works closely with students to help them create academic goals and plans of action.

Ivy Esquibel
Academic Success Advising Coordinator

Esquibel helps match students with relevant, high-impact experiences to complement their education and help them achieve their goals. Esquibel promotes SOLS in the community and works with student development and retention.

480-965-0952
Marlene Garcia
Academic Success Advisor

Garcia is an Online Academic Success Specialist for the School of Life Sciences.

Jennifer Gibbs
Assistant Director

Gibbs has been with the School of Life Sciences since July 2019 and serving as Assistant Director since October 2020. She is an advocate for elevating the successes of our students and providing quality advising.

480-965-1269
LSA 129B
Amy Glasscock
Academic Success Advisor

Glasscock joined the SOLS Advising team in October 2019 as an Academic Success Advisor. She works closely with students to help them develop academic plans and goals.

Jordan Griffin
Academic Success Advisor

Griffin has been with ASU since 2020. His main goal is to provide a supportive environment for SOLS online students so that they can reach their full academic and career potential.

Amina Hajdarovic
Academic Success Advisor

Hajdarovic has been with ASU for the last 4 years, 3 of them within School of Life Sciences as a Graduate Coordinator Sr. She now works as an Academic Success Specialist, primarily with the online student population.

Brittnie Kermes
Academic Success Advising Coordinator

Kermes is an adviser in the School of Life Sciences. Kermes has a fitness and wellness background that she incorporates into her advising appointments. Kermes serves as an authorized signer for the department.

Tarina Nixon
Academic Success Advisor

Nixon is an Academic Success Specialist for the School of Life Sciences. Her aim is to use a holistic approach to encourage well-rounded academic, personal, and professional development.

Yanet Penaloza
Academic Success Advisor

Penaloza is part of the SoLS advising team, where she is an Academic Success Advisor.

480-965-7937
Life Sciences Building A, Room 170 P.O. Box 874701
Scot Schoenborn
Associate Director Academic Services

Schoenborn has managed academic advising in the School of Life Sciences for the past ten years. He takes a transformational approach to his advising, inspiring students to reach their full academic and career potential.

480-965-3721
LSA 193
Courtney Stone
Academic Success Advising Coordinator, Prehealth

Stone joined the SOLS team in January 2020 as an Academic Success Coordinator. She will be working to provide pre-health resources for online students in SOLS.

Evan Wladis
Academic Success Advisor

Wladis has been an advisor with the School of Life Sciences since 2020. He has a background in Communication Studies and enjoys helping students navigate their undergraduate experience.

Shea Ziccarelli
Academic Success Advisor

Ziccarelli has been with ASU since 2017. Her main goal is to provide a supportive environment for School of Life Sciences online students so that they can reach their full academic and career potential.

VisLab

VisLab

Name
James Baxter
Web Application Developer (IT)
 
480-965-5030
LSE B61-D
Megan Joyce
Graphic Design Specialist
Samantha Lloyd
MultiMedia Specialist
 
965-9167
LSE B60
Jo Ramirez
Desktop Publishing Spec
 
480-965-8109
LSE B61
Jacob Sahertian
Dir Academic Media
 
480-727-8743
LSE B58