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Our faculty have expertise spanning the many diverse fields within the biological sciences.  Most faculty participate in each of the four majors housed within the department.

Our faculty believe strongly in direct interaction with students, and many of our students develop lasting relationships with faculty that continue well beyond the four years spent at the college. This close link between students and faculty is one of the distinct advantages of an education at a small, liberal arts college like Saint Anselm.

Prof. Eric Berry

Eric Berry, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2006.  Miami University (OH). Botany.

As a plant ecologist, my research interests include plant demography, life history, plant/animal interactions, and pollination biology. I am particularly interested in the application of these data to mathematically model the population dynamics of rare, invasive, or economically important plant species.

Prof. Daniel Broek

Daniel Broek, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1984.  Rutgers University. Cancer Biology.

My current research efforts are based on my published observations that mutations in some genes can cause cells to double the number of chromosomes they carry. Because an increase in the number of chromosomes leads to genetic instability, causing a plethora of mutation, we hypothesize this is the initiating event in cancer.

Prof. Elizabeth Greguske

Elizabeth Greguske, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2008. The Pennsylvania State University. Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

As a Microbiologist, I am interested in microbes that cause disease.  Currently, students working in my lab are isolating bacteriophage - viruses that infect bacteria - from Bacillus, Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas species.  Ideally, by isolating and studying these phage, we might ultimately be able to kill these pathogens without using antibiotics.

Prof. Lori LaPlante

Lori LaPlante, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2005.  University of Connecticut.  Ecology and Evolution.

Students interested in conducting research in my lab should have a general interest in animal behavior. Studying the behavior of organisms has important implications in the fields of conservation, genetics, ecology, and evolution.

Prof. Daniel Lavoie

Daniel Lavoie, Ph.D. (chair)
Ph.D. 1977.  University of Vermont, College of Medicine.  Biochemistry.

My current research interest includes the biochemistry and physiology of the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase in the nematode (roundworm) Caenorhabditis elegans and the possible use of this system as a model to study effects of alcohol use/misuse/abuse in humans.

Prof. Brian Penney

Brian Penney, Ph.D. 
Ph.D. 2002.  University of Alberta.  Invertebrate Ecology.

I am generally interested in invertebrate ecology, and am happy to supervise a variety of projects within this realm. In fact, I expect you to develop your own project depending on your interests, and my previous students have studied topics from nudibranch parasites to crab suspension feeding to tenacity of sea star tubefeet.

Prof. Jay Pitocchelli

Jay Pitocchelli, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1988.  City University of New York, American Museum of Natural History.  Avian Behavior, Ecology and Evolution.

I have studied species limits in the Genus Oporornis using behavioral and morphometric analyses. I have also conducted research on the ecology of seabirds in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.  My current research is on geographic and temporal variation in bird song, specifically the Mourning Warbler throughout its breeding range.

Prof. Donald Rhodes

Donald Rhodes, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1983.  Cornell University.  Physiology.

My current research interests focus on the physiology and biochemistry of sterol metabolism by the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, and the potential use of this nematode as a model for studying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

Prof. William Ryerson

William Ryerson, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2014. University of Connecticut. Ecology and Evolution

My research spans several areas of vertebrate biology including functional morphology, behavior, biomechanics, and sensory biology. I am primarily interested in how an animal's anatomy comes together to function during various aspects of behavior (feeding, moving, sensing). I work mainly with reptiles and amphibians, most recently on the function and evolution of tongue-flicking in snakes.

Prof. Stephen Tobin

Stephen Tobin, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1999.  Dartmouth College.  Cancer Biochemistry.

My research interests include the desire to better understand how alterations of cellular signaling cascades contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Prof. Robert Vallari

Robert Vallari, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1982.  Rutgers University.  Cancer Biochemistry.

The principal focus of the ongoing research in my laboratory is the BRCA1 tumor suppressor gene and its role in the prevention of human breast and ovarian cancers. Using a molecular approach, my students and I seek to contribute to the understanding of BRCA1 gene function through characterizing the structure/function relationships of normal vs. defective BRCA1 encoded polypeptides.

Prof. Barry Wicklow

Barry Wicklow, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1982.  University of New Hampshire.  Conservation Biology.

My research reflects my interest and training in both cell biology and field ecology. At the cellular level, I am studying the effects of predator-released substances on triggering defensive cell transformations in ciliated protists.

Additional Staff

Sandra Provencher
Faculty Assistant
(603) 641-7155
Patty Goczalk
Laboratory Instructor
(603) 656-6095
Margaret Roach
Laboratory Coordinator
(603) 641-7304
Laboratory Instructor
(603) 656-6006
Krista Shaughnessy
(603) 641-7162
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