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Faculty & Staff
Jason Ashley, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorSCI 238Fax: 509-359-6867Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern Since: 2016
Undergraduate Degree: Tulane University, Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2006
Graduate Degree: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2011
Postdoctoral fellowships: Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011-2013
Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2016
I am a cell and molecular biologist with an interest in mechanisms of bone physiology and pathology. Specifically, I investigate signaling pathways and molecules that govern the differentiation and function of osteoclasts - cells responsible for the breakdown and remodeling of bone. My lab uses animal models and cell culture systems in conjunction with molecular biology tools including gene and protein expression analysis, cDNA cloning, and transgene expression. For more information, please visit my website.
Justin Bastow, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorSCI 260Phone: 509.359.2810Email: email@example.com
Eastern Since: 2008
Undergraduate Degree: University of California, Berkeley, 1999, Integrative Biology
Graduate Degree: University of California, Davis, 2007, Population Biology
Post Doctoral Work: Bodega Marine Lab, 2007 - 2008
Ecology (Biol 440), Ecology Lab (Biol 441), Biological Investigation (Biol 270), Biology II (Biol 172), Capstone (Biol 490 Climate Change Biology), Current Topics (Biol 511, in Ecology), Entomology (Biol 324)
I am an ecosystem ecologist interested in how food webs mediate ecosystem processes in terrestrial ecosystems. My current research focuses on the relationship between soil food webs and carbon cycling. Soils play an outsized role in the global carbon cycle, but the dynamics of soil food webs have historically been poorly understood. My research uses a combination of field and lab experiments to try to understand how nematodes, arthropods, bacteria, plants and fungi are interacting and what it means for the biosphere.
If you are interested in working in my lab on my ongoing research or in developing your own project in the area of terrestrial ecosystem ecology, please contact me.
A. Ross Black, Ph.D.ProfessorSCI 264Phone: 509.359.4815Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgEastern Since:
University of Washington, 1985
University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1989, M.S.
University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1991, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Work:
University of Louisville, 1991-1993
Ecology, General Biology, Biological Investigation
Limnology; population biology; life histories; evolution; aquatic ecology
Rebecca Brown, Ph.D.ProfessorSCI 254Phone: 509.359.2528Email: email@example.com
As an Associate Professor at Eastern Washington University, I conduct research on riparian and plant ecology and teach Ecology, Botany, Research Design and Literature, and Riparian Ecology.
I am actively seeking graduate students who are interested in pursuing a master's degree in plant or riparian ecology. Please contact me if you are interested.
Some of my recent research projects include:
- Effects of dams on riparian vegetation of the Elwha River, Olympic National Park
- Effects of hydrologic alteration on invasive Japanese knotweed in riparian zones
- Cheatgrass control and native species restoration on prairie mima mounds at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
- Factors influencing species diversity and invasibilty
- Riparian restoration in Eastern Washington
Judd CaseProfessorSCI 107AEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Castillo, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorSCI 291Phone: 509.359.2866Email: email@example.com
Albertson College of Idaho
University of Colorado, Boulder
Post Doctoral Work:
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Medical Technology Program
Microbiology, Current Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology (graduate studies)
Bacteria Pathogenesis. Studying the molecules in Heliocobacter pylori uses to infect and cause gastric disease in humans.
David Daberkow, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorSC 256Phone: 509.359.2259Fax: 509.359.6867Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southeastern Louisiana University, B.S. Zoology
Utah State University, M.S. Biology
University of Utah, Ph.D. Neuroscience
Post Doctoral Work:
Illinois State University, Program of Excellence in Neuroscience and Behavior (POENB)
Biological Investigation; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Physiology; Neurobiology
The focus of my research lab is on the neurochemical messenger dopamine and its role in brain function. Specifically, my research has explored how drugs (e.g., amphetamine and methamphetamine) impact dopamine mediated behaviors and cellular signaling molecules implicated in memory formation. More recent research elucidated amphetamine's cellular mechanism of action on dopamine neurotransmission. As a faculty member at EWU, my lab utilizes the technique of voltammetry which provides one the ability to monitor the activity of specific molecules (e.g., dopamine) in the brain. Future directions are to continue to investigate dopamine function, how drugs impact these processes, and dopamine dysfunction related to pathological conditions such as Parkinson's disease.
Bradley Fillmore, M.S.Senior Associate FacultySCI 270Phone: 509.359.2845Email: email@example.com
Brigham Young University, 1995, B.S.
Idaho State University, 1999, M.S.
Currently enrolled in the Doctorate Program, Idaho State University
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Field of Interest(s):
Human Anatomy and Physiology; Health Professions; Pharmacology
Amy Gray, M.S.Lecturer208 Cheney HallPhone: 509-359-7401Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Hallett, Ph.DAdjunct ProfessorTLES 4Phone: 509.359.4726Email: email@example.com
Charles Herr, Ph.D.ProfessorSCI 237Phone: 509.359.2038Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgEastern Since:
University of Wyoming, 1979
Washington State University, 1986, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Work:
Australian National University, 1987-1991
Advisor: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, and Human Biology
Genetics(Biol 410 and 310), Embryology(Biol 477), General Biology(Biol 171, 172 and 173), Cell Biology (Biol 436), Biological Investigation (Biol 270), Premed Seminar (Biol 496) and Graduate Seminar (Biol 598)
Developing universally applicable reproductive technologies primarily for the benefit of endangered species.
Krisztian Magori, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorScience 266Phone: 509.359.2868Email: email@example.com
Joanna Joyner Matos, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorSCI 234BPhone: 509.359.2361Fax: 509.359.6867Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgEastern Since:
University of Utah, 2000 Honors, Biology
Washington State University, 2002, M.S. Zoology
University of Florida, 2007, Ph.D. Zoology
Post Doctoral Work:
University of Florida, 2007-2008, Evolutionary Genetics
Biological Investigation; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Physiology; Biology of Aging; Biology of Symbiosis; Current Topics in Physiology
My research interests are in comparative physiology, with the overall goal of understanding how the ecology and evolution of species are shaped by cellular-level processes. Information about current and future research projects is provided on my webpage (http://access.ewu.edu/Joanna-Joyner-Matos).
I am actively recruiting undergraduate and graduate students to participate in on-going research and design independent projects. Please contact me if you are interested in participating in lab-based or field research.
Luis F. Matos, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorSCI 293Phone: 509.359.7082Email: email@example.com
California State University Stanislaus, Biology
Washington State University, 2002, M.S. Entomology
University of Florida, 2012, Ph.D. Entomology
Biotechnology and Pre-Med/Pre-Dent
Biological Investigation; Fundamentals of Genetics; Molecular Biology; Biotechnology series; Human Genetics; Research Design and Literature; Current Topics in Molecular Biology.
My research interests are in the evolutionary genetics of host/pathogen interactions. I am particularly interested in understanding how pathogen genetics and virulence change following host shifts to permit a successful long term infection of the novel host.
Students interested in undergraduate or graduate research experiences should contact me by email to set up an appointment to meet and discuss current opportunities in the lab.
Heather McKean, M.S.Senior Associate FacultySCI 241Phone: 509.359.6512Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgEastern Since:
Eastern Washington University, 1975
Eastern Washington University, 1983
Biology Education (Lab Management), Introduction to Biology, Investigating Biology, Biology and Society.
Development of educational materials and activities for K-12; Integrating Math and Science.
Camille McNeely, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorSCI 275Phone: 509.359.7049Email: email@example.comI am an aquatic ecologist with a strong interest in links between ecosystem processes and community interactions, and how these are affected by natural landscapes. I am particularly interested in how resource fluxes affect organisms' interactions, and conversely, how species traits and interactions affect pathways of nutrient and carbon cycling. My graduate research focused on how the ecological role of caddisfly grazers varied with watershed landscape position. I identified stream size thresholds associated with changes in grazing regimes. My findings also suggested that traits of primary consumers have consequences for whether algal energy is transferred up the food web to predators, or sequestered in predator-defended herbivores.
Currently I am collaborating with researchers from the University of California, University of Minnesota, and Simon Frasier University on projects linking stream community and ecosystem processes to the landscape of a northern California watershed. Projects include 1) measuring nutrient regeneration by dominant invertebrates, 2) determining landscape controls on stream primary productivity and terrestrial carbon inputs, 3) using stable isotopes and diet analysis to compare how energy moves through food webs in productive and unproductive streams.
I have also become interested in using measurements of basic ecosystem processes, such as primary productivity and nutrient cycling, as tools to evaluate stream ecosystem health. Anthropogenic impacts to streams are often assessed through labor-intensive biological monitoring based on invertebrate or algal communities. Measurements of ecosystem processes may be cheaper and less labor-intensive, and provide more insight into functional changes that may have occurred. However, their application to biological assessment has not been well-tested. I have begun some preliminary work comparing measures of nutrient uptake to conventional biological assessment using invertebrates, which I hope to expand
Javier Ochoa-Reparaz, Ph.D.Asst. ProfessorSCI 295Phone: 509.359.2348Fax: 359-6867Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern Since: 2015
Undergraduate Degree: University of Navarra, Spain, 2000
Graduate Degree: University of Navarra, Spain, 2004
Post Doctoral Work:
Montana State University, 2005 - 2007
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, 2007 - 2011
Microbiology (BIOL301), Principles of Microbial Physiology(BIOL353), Capstone (BIOL409, The Microbiome), Immunology (BIOL430), Current Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIOL513).
Host-microbial gut interactions and the mechanisms of immunomodulation induced by gut symbionts in the context of autoimmune diseases.
Margaret O'Connell, Ph.D.Professor and Chair; Co-Director Turnbull Laboratory for Ecological StudiesSCI 262Phone: 509.359.6812Email: email@example.comEastern Since:
Precott College, 1973
Texas Tech University, 1975, M.S.
Texas Tech University, 1981, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Work: Smithsonian Institution; National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.
Advisor: Zoology, Wildlife Biology/Management/Conservation, Environmental Biology
Vertebrate Zoology, Wildlife Management, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Conservation Biology.
Animal population ecology and community structure; conservation wildlife-habitat relationships.
Robin O'Quinn, PhDAssociate ProfessorSCI 234CPhone: 509.359.6118Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of California, Davis, 1998, Botany
Graduate Degree: Washington State University, 2005, PhD, Botany
Post Doctoral Work:
Mississippi State University, 2005-2006, Population Genetics; Portland State University, 2006-2007, Population Genetics
Biological Investigation; Introductory Biology for Majors (171, 172, 173); Summer field course (Geology/Biology); Molecular Ecology
I am deeply curious about patterns and processes that shape organismal diversity. I am interested in the evolution of morphological diversity in plants (e.g., plant architecture), historical biogeography and aspects of evolutionary ecology, such as habitat preferences, pollinator-mediated hybridization and introgression. My approaches have included developmental and comparative morphology, molecular systematics, population genetics and field pollination biology. My primary study system has been the small tribe Montieae (Portulacaceae), but additional systems have included Loasaceae and more recently Asclepias (Apocynaceae). With my research, I aim to synthesize evidence in a phylogenetic framework from diverse fields to understand plant species diversity.
Research opportunities for students are the central focus of my research agenda. I frame many of my research questions in "bite-sized" chunks, so that they are attractive and doable to students who may have limited time, but substantial interest. This approach produces project ideas that are perfect for student research because they can be accomplished as individualized units, but effectively contribute to my broader research objectives. However, providing projects from my own research are not the sole aim of my research agenda. I am equally motivated to mentor student-initiated independent projects. Students with an interest in plant systematics, population biology, biogeography or morphology are encouraged to contact me.
O'Quinn, R. and L. Hufford. 2005. Molecular Systematics of Montieae (Portulacaceae): Implications for taxonomy, biogeography and ecology. Systematic Botany. 30:314-331.
O'Quinn, R. and M. Fishbein. 2008. Isolation, characterization and cross-species amplification of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Asclepias (Apocynaceae). Conservation Genetics. In press, DOI 10.1007.
Eppley, S.M., O'Quinn, R., and A.L. Brown. 2009. New sequence-tagged site molecular markers for identification of sex in Distichlis spicata. Molecular Ecology Resources. 9:1373-1374.
Suzanne Schwab, Ph.D.ProfessorSCI 268Phone: 509.359.4727Email: email@example.comEastern Since:
State University of New York, 1975
Colorado State University, 1979, M.S.
University of California - Riverside, 1982
Post Doctoral Work:
Advisor: Botany, Environmental Biology
Plant Physiology, Mycology, General Biology, Environmental Science.
Physiological and ecological aspects of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae, Restoration of disturbed land.
Paul Spruell, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorSCI 186BPhone: 509.359.7006Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
David FrenchInstruction & Classroom Support Technician 2SCI 286Phone: 509.359.6976Email: email@example.comEastern Since:
Experimental medicine, nervous system, math, skiing, sailing (hanging out around boats) Cynthia, Cooper and Dudley (pet parrot)
B.S. in Molecular Biology and BS in Philosophy
Ordering, greenhouse, microbiology, helping students in Bio 270 and Bio 490 experiments, supervising work-study students
Mark Paluch, M.S. Fisheries BiologyResearch AssociateSCI 194Phone: 509-359-7498Email: MPaluch@ewu.edu
Jenni ProbertOperations ManagerSCI 258APhone: 359-4768Fax: 359-6867Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Mike SatterwhiteInstructional Classroom Support Technician 3SCI 176APhone: 509-359-2793Fax: 509-359-6867Email: email@example.com
John ShieldsInstructional Classroom Support Technician 3SCI 286CPhone: 509.359.6868Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Gaye WilliamsDepartment SecretarySCI 258Phone: 509.359.7499Email: email@example.com