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Office of the Director

Office of the Director

Name
Jennifer Fewell
President’s Professor; Interim Director

Fewell is a President’s Professor and faculty leader for the Organismal, Integrative and Systems Biology Group. Her research centers around the organization and evolution of insect societies.

480-965-6539
ISTB 302
Lolita Jenkins
Assistant to Director
480-727-8987
Christine Willett
Academic Personnel Specialist Sr.
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.

Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day business office and research advancement operations for the School of Life Sciences.

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

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

480-727-9114
PO BOX 874501 LSE 222
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
Sara Brownell
Professor

Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher, who teaches undergraduate biology while studying biology education.

Matthew Chew
Instructor

Matt Chew is an instructor of biology and society courses at ASU. He conducts a field course in 'novel ecosystems' and lectures on the 'history of biology.'

480-965-8422
LSE 717
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
Ben Hurlbut
Assoc Professor

Hurlbut is trained in the history of modern biomedical and life sciences. His research lies at the intersection of science and technology studies, bioethics and political theory.

Ann Kinzig
Professor

Kinzig looks at how humans shape and influence their natural environments and what this means for human health and Earth's ecosystems. Her work focuses on ecosystem services and the resilience of natural-resource systems.

480-965-6838
LSA 124
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
Ben Minteer
Professor

Minteer is an environmental ethicist and conservation scholar who writes on species extinction, wilderness, zoos, and the evolution of American environmental thought and practice.

480-965-4632
LSA 262
Kathleen Pigg
Professor

Pigg is a paleobotanist who studies fossil plants that are related to modern groups of conifers, ferns and woody hardwood trees. Her group studies the origin of plants of the temperate deciduous biome.

480-965-3154
LSE 744; 155 Alameda Building 1735 W Alameda Drive Arizona State University
Jessica Ranney
Assistant Director
480-965-5364
Life Science C-wing 284 BOX 873301
Beckett Sterner
Asst Professor

Studies the social epistemology of pluralism: what knowledge do we need to get things done together while differing in fundamental ways? Focuses on computational and data-intensive science, especially in biology.

480-727-7881
Center for Biology and Society PO 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
Stephen Pratt
Professor

Pratt studies the emergence of complex behavior in leaderless groups, especially social insects. He works with engineers to translate lessons from biology to artificial systems, and to develop new tools to analyze behavior.

480-727-9425
ISTB1 304
Kylie Franse
Graduate Support Coord
480-965-0386
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
Aliki Mitchell
Instructional Specialist Sr.
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 Sr
Christopher Ferneding
Department HR Specialist
Lisa Nuttall
Department HR Specialist
480-727-8319

Research Advancement

Research Advancement

Name
Timothy Balmer
Asst Professor

Dr. Balmer is interested in how signals are processed in brain circuits involved in hearing and balance and their associated disorders including tinnitus and vestibular disorders.

Jeffrey Kordower
Center Director & Professor

Kordower is the founding director of the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center and endowed chair as The Charlene and J. Orin Edson Distinguished Director at the Biodesign Institute at ASU.

Yize Li
Assistant Professor

Li's research focuses on antiviral innate immunity.

480-727-0493
Sarah Matheus
Pre-Award Services Coordinator
480-965-6233
Research Advancement Manager
480-965-9971
USB MC4501 Life Science E-Wing
Connor Smith
Management Intern
Ramon Velazquez
Assistant Professor

Velazquez's research interests include identifying novel therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative disorders such as Down Syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and the tauopathies.

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
Michele Clark
Project Manager

Project Manager for the Earth System Science for the Anthropocene (ESSA) initiative in the USEL lab.

Bianca Cruz
Research/Lab Aide
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 Sr.
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
Postdoc Research Associate
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
Michael Stinchfield
Research Specialist Sr.
480-965-7659
LSE 218
Research/Lab Assistant

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
Christian Wright
Assistant Director of Assessment and Program Development
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
Drayton Anderson
Academic Success Advisor

Anderson is an Academic Success Advisor in SOLS joining the team in 2021. He enjoys advising students and making a positive impact on their university experience.

Amber Beal
Student Services Coord Assoc

Amber has been with SOLS since March 2021 and manages the Undergraduate Advising front office.

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 of Undergraduate Advising

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 156
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 students with the support and resources they need to be successful in reaching their academic or professional goals.

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