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Juergen Liebig
Associate Professor

Liebig studies the organization, chemical communication, reproductive regulation, and behavioral and physiological plasticity in ants and termites with a focus on the colony, the individual, and the olfactory system.

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Biology (PhD)

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Program Faculty

Morteza Abbaszadegan

Morteza Abbaszadegan is a professor of environmental microbiology/engineering and founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Water & Environmental Technology (WET) Center at ASU.

Joshua Abbott
Associate Professor
GIOS Bldg, Room 366 800 S. Cady Mall
Gro Amdam

Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees.

ISTB-1 314
Michael Angilletta

Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

Brad Armendt
Associate Professor

Armendt is a philosopher who works on rational decision making and the epistemology of rational belief. He also works on causality, and on patterns of social interaction among individuals.

Coor Hall 3326
Charles Arntzen
Emeritus Professor

Arntzen was the Florence Ely Nelson Presidential Endowed Chair, Regent's Professor and Founding Director of the Biodesign Institute. He is a member of the U.S. Natl. Acad. of Sciences and the U.S. Natl. Acad. of Inventors.

Debra Baluch
Associate Research Scientist

Baluch oversees the W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory in the School of Life Sciences. Her research is focused on studying the behavior of cells and tissue using advanced microscopy techniques.

ASU/School of Life Sciences 427 E Tyler Mall
Heather Bean
Assistant Professor

Bean applies bioanalytical chemistry methods to characterize microbial metabolomes and identify biomarkers of lung disease.

LSE 315 School of Life Sciences
Scott Bingham
Research Scientist Sr (FSC)
LSE S-17
Sara Brownell
Assistant Professor

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

David Capco

Capco is a cell biologist who studies how different types of cells in the human body relate to disease, illness, and birth defects.

LSC 306
Guy Cardineau
Beus Center for Law and Society Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Douglas Chandler
Emeritus Professor

Professor Chandler’s research focuses on the amphibian protein allurin. Peptides that mimic allurin attract both amphibian and mammalian sperm and are being studied for possible uses in assisted reproduction.

LSC 586
Yung Chang

Chang is an immunologist who studies the development and function of the immune system and uses DNA nanostructure to design and construct more useful vaccines and immunotherapeutic agents.

Julian Chen

Chen is a professor of biochemistry at ASU. His research interests are in structure and function of RNA molecules and ribonucleoprotein complexes.

Qiang Chen

Chen is a molecular biologist who specializes in developing novel human therapeutics and vaccines in plants to combat infectious diseases, cancer, and biological warfare agents.

BDA 330D
James Collins
Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment

Collins is an evolutionary ecologist whose research group studies the role of host-pathogen interactions in species decline and extinction, as well as ecological ethics.

LSC 402
Carolyn Compton

Dr. Carolyn Compton is an academic pathologist specializing in gastrointestinal disease and is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology.

SkySong, Suite 361 1475 North Scottsdale Road
Richard Creath
President's Professor

Creath is a philosopher of science who uses historical methods to study fundamental questions about the role of logic, mathematics, scientific methods and even philosophy within science.

LSC 274
Sharon Crook

Crook uses computational approaches to study the dynamics of neurons and networks of neurons. She also contributes to an international collaboration for describing, exchanging, and validating complex models.

GWC 648
Thomas Day
Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist

Day is a plant ecologist who studies factors that control plant performance, plant litter decomposition and carbon cycling.

Dale DeNardo
Associate Professor

DeNardo has been a faculty member with the School of Life Sciences since 1998 and has published more than 100 scientific papers in the field of environmental physiology.

Life Sciences B-wing, room 444 School of Life Sciences
Pierre Deviche

Deviche is an animal physiologist who studies how the environment controls the reproductive system and stress responses of vertebrates.

LSC 412
Thomas Dowling
Emeritus Professor; Senior Sustainability Scientist
LSE 218
Karin Ellison
Administrative Professional

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.

LSC 270
Lara Ferry

Lara Ferry is Director of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Her primary research focuses on the evolution of jaws and their function in the aquatic realm, as well as performance of biological materials.

ASU West Campus, CLCC 290 PO Box 37100, mail code 2352
Jennifer Fewell
President's Professor

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.

ISTB 302
Rebecca Fisher
Adjunct Faculty

Rebecca Fisher's primary appointment is at the UA COM-Phoenix, where she designed the anatomy curriculum. Fisher studies the functional anatomy and evolution of the musculoskeletal system in vertebrates and cephalopods.

Janet Franklin
Regents' Professor

Landscape ecology, terrestrial plant ecology, vegetation science, biogeography, conservation ecology, biophysical remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems, geographic information science

Wayne Frasch
Professor and Faculty Leader of Biomedicine and Biotechnology Faculty Group

Frasch has developed new assays to examine the rotation of single molecules of molecular motor proteins under a microscope.

LSE 605
Juergen Gadau
Research Professor

Gadau is a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist who focuses on understanding the genetic and genomic basis of speciation and species differences.

ISTB1 317
Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Professor and Dean

Garcia-Pichel is the dean of natural sciences for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

LSE 218
Roberto Gaxiola

Gaxiola studies the physiological mechanisms by which plants regulate root activity and nutrient uptake. His work may be used to engineer crops that could help secure future food supplies.

Leah Gerber
Professor; Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

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

LSA 212
Gillian Gile
Assistant Professor

Gile is an evolutionary microbiologist who studies single-celled eukaryotes (protists) and symbiosis.

Elliott Goldstein
Associate Professor

Goldstein studies genes involved in developmental processes and in learning and memory. His focus is communication of this information and other educational material in molecular biology and molecular genetics.

LS 92A
Nancy Grimm
Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology; Senior Sustainability Scientist

Grimm is an ecosystem scientist who studies desert streams and cities and their resilience to extreme events.

LSA 316
Sharon Hall
Associate Professor

Hall is an ecosystem and conservation scientist who studies connections between natural habitats and people. She is the co-director of the Envir. Life Sciences PhD program and an award-winning teacher in her field.

LSA 320
Jon Harrison

Harrison is an environmental physiologist who studies how insects function, interact with their environment and evolve.

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Shelley Haydel
Associate Professor

Haydel is an infectious disease microbiologist who investigates novel antimicrobials, rapid infectious disease diagnostics, and how bacteria cause disease in humans.

BDB 320A
Bert Hoelldobler
University Professor of Life Sciences; Regents' and Foundation Professor

Hölldobler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning sociobiologist who uses insect societies to study behavioral mechanisms of communication, cooperation and conflict. He's a member of several national and international academies.

LSE 218
Steven Hoffman
Emeritus Professor

Steven Hoffman is an immunologist, neuroscientist and philosopher who has studied how the immune system and brain interact, and currently is integrating this work into philosophical perspectives.

LSE 617
Brenda Hogue

Hogue is a virologist who studies how coronaviruses, a large family of RNA viruses, that includes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), assemble and cause disease.

Biodesign Institute A320D
Kevin Hultine
Adjunct Faculty
Bertram Jacobs
Director and Professor

Jacobs is an expert on a poxvirus called vaccinia. He has genetically engineered vaccinia as a vehicle against infectious agents, bioterrorism threats, cancer and other viruses, including HIV.

BDA 310C
Mark Jacobs
Vice Provost, Dean, Barrett Honors College, Professor

A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Jacobs is the author of more than 50 publications on the physiological and molecular control of plant development, He is also the dean of Barrett Honors College at ASU.

Sage North
Stephen Johnston

Johnston work focuses on innovative solutions to fundamental problems in biomedicine, including the development of a universal preventative cancer vaccine. He holds 20 patents.

Christos Katsanos
Associate Professor

Katsanos is an exercise physiologist studying metabolic responses in humans. His laboratory utilizes stable isotope tracer and molecular biology techniques to understand muscle protein and fat metabolism in obesity.

Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Building, Rm 2-223 13208 East Shea Boulevard
Ann Kinzig

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.

LSA 124
Kenro Kusumi
Assoc Dean (ACD) & Professor

Associate dean of research, online, and graduate initiatives for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Kusumi's research uses genomic approaches to address major biomedical and conservation challenges.

Armstrong Hall
Douglas lake
Associate Professor

Lake is a cellular and molecular immunologist who is working on biologic inhibitors of tumor cell metastasis. He is also developing a new test for Valley Fever that provides a diagnosis for patients with acute disease.

Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Bldg Room 2-113
Leslie Landrum
Senior Research Scientist; Herbarium Curator

Leslie Landrum is a senior research scientist and ASU Herbarium Curator.

LSC C352
Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor

Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is the co-director of the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and associate director of ASU's Origins Project,

LSA 256
Tsafrir Mor

Mor is a molecular biologist and biochemist whose research focuses on using plants to produce useful and therapeutic polypeptides, proteins and enzymes.

LSE 309
Juergen Liebig
Associate Professor

Liebig studies the organization, chemical communication, reproductive regulation, and behavioral and physiological plasticity in ants and termites with a focus on the colony, the individual, and the olfactory system.

ISTB1 306
Jane Maienschein
Regents’ Professor, President’s Professor and University Professor

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.

LSC 284
Gary Marchant
Regents' Professor; Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law & Ethics

Marchant frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences. He's authored more than 150 articles and book chapters on various issues related to emerging technologies.

LAW 120F
Hugh Mason
Associate Professor

Hugh Mason was the first to publish peer-reviewed work on the use of plants for production of vaccine antigens.

LSE 323 (Ofc), 332 (Lab)
Kevin McGraw

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.

LSC 522
Ben Minteer

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

LSA 262
Rajeev Misra

Rajeev Misra is a microbial geneticist who studies how proteins, synthesized in the cytoplasm, are targeted to the bacterial outer membrane. He also examines the mechanisms of drug resistance.

LSE 407
Susanne Neuer

Neuer has participated in more than 25 cruises, five as chief scientist. She teaches oceanography, ecology, environmental life sciences and marine biology.

Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, LSE 421
Jason Newbern
Asst Professor

Newbern's research is centered on developmental neuroscience. His laboratory studies the biochemical mechanisms that direct the formation of the brain and spinal cord.

ISTB1 Rm 320 Arizona State University
Stuart Newfeld
LSA L164
Cheryl Nickerson

Cheryl Nickerson studies the effects of biomechanical forces on living cells, how this response is related to normal cellular homeostasis or infectious disease, and its translation to clinical application.

BDB 340C
Miles Orchinik
Associate Professor

Orchinik is a neuroscientist who studies how stress alters behavior, brain function, and the endocrine system. He is also interested in science education research, particularly in how undergraduates learn core concepts,

LSE 218
Theodore Pavlic
Associate Director for Research

Theodore Pavlic works in interdisciplinary decision-making problems in natural and artificial autonomous systems. He is also the associate director of research for The Biomimicry Center at ASU.

David Pearson
Research Professor

David Pearson's research is focused on using the interaction of ecology, conservation, ecotourism and education to develop methods that promote sustainable use of biodiversity.

LSA 276
Charles Perrings

Perrings is co-director of School of Life Sciences Ecoservices Group—a group researching the interactions between society and the biophysical environment.

LSA 127
Kathleen Pigg

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.

LSE 744 Arizona State University
Stephen Pratt
Associate 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.

ISTB1 304
Stephen Pyne
Regents Professor

Pyne teaches courses on fire, the history exploration and science, and nonfiction writing. He is a world-renowned expert on fire and the history of fire.

LSA 220
Bruce Rittmann

Bruce Rittmann is director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology and Regents' Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Build Environment in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

BDA 210B
Robert Roberson
Associate Professor
LSE 527
Jason Robert
Center Dir (ACD) & Asc Profsr

Jason Robert holds the Lincoln Chair in Ethics and is director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. A bioethicist and philosopher of biology, he is also Dean's Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences.

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU MC 9230, 111 E Taylor St, Ste 293
Ronald Rutowski
Emeritus Professor

Ronald Rutowski research examines function and percpetion of bright coloration in animals as well as the mechanisms that produce coloration. Butterflies are a special focus of his studies.

LSC 570
John Sabo

Sabo is an ecologist who studies the importance of water in determining the viability and resilience of animal and plant populations in river and riparian ecosystems.

LSA 322
Todd Sandrin
Sr Assoc Dean + Professor

Todd Sandrin serves as vice provost of ASU's West campus, dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Science focusing on microbial biosignatures.

ASU West campus FAB N303E
Daniel Sarewitz
Center Director and Professor

Daniel Sarewitz is professor of science and society at Arizona State University, where he is co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO), which he helped to found in 1999.

CSPO/ASU 1800 I St., NW
Yixin Shi
Assoc Professor

Yixin Shi’s research is focused on molecular biology, bacteriology and biochemistry. Shi analyzes the virulent elements necessary for bacterial survival in host environments.

LSC 302
Andrew Smith
Emeritus Professor

Smith is a conservation biologist who works with mammals, primarily pikas, in the mountains of western United States and on the Tibetan Plateau. He serves as chair of the IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group.

LSC 286
Brian Smith
Trustees of ASU Professor

Smith is a behavioral neuroscientist studying learning and memory systems in both insects and mammals. His work is being applied to studies of human diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

ISTB-1 rm 322
Anne Stone

Stone's specialization and main area of interest is anthropological genetics. Her current research focuses on population history and understanding how humans and the great apes have adapted to their environments.

LSE 417
Valerie Stout
Associate Professor
LSE 339
Juliet Stromberg
Associate Professor

Stromberg is a plant ecologist and botanist who specializes in riparian and wetland ecosystems.

LSE 717
Karen Sweazea
Associate Professor

Karen Sweazea is a physiologist who specializes in diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

LSC 552A 401 E. Tyler Mall
Heather Throop
Associate Professor

Throop is an ecosystem scientist who studies how global-scale changes influence arid and semi-arid ecosystems. She is co-director of the Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

Leslie Towill
Faculty Assoc
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Tatiana Ugarova
ISTB1, Room 481 D
Willem Vermaas
Foundation Professor

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.

LSE 549
Andrew Webber

Webber is a professor of molecular and cellular biosciences and also serves as executive director in the Office of the University Provost where he oversees University Accreditation and Academic Program Reviews.

Jeanne Wilson-Rawls
Associate Professor

Wilson-Rawls' research focuses on understanding the regulation of cell fate during development and regeneration with an emphasis on skeletal muscle stem cells and gametogenesis.

LSC 550
Martin Wojciechowski
Asc Dean & Asc Professor ACD

Martin Wojciechowski is an evolutionary biologist who studies plants, with an emphasis on the genomics, biogeography, and phylogenetics of legumes (family Leguminosae) and cacti (family Cactaceae).

Office LSE 711
Jianguo Wu

Wu is a Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science at Arizona State University. His research areas include: landscape ecology, urban ecology, and sustainability science.

LSE 705, School of Life Sciences Mail Code: 4501