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Refer to the lists below to learn about the Faculty and Administrative Staff in the Biology Department at Boston College.

Biology Faculty – Graduate Research and Teaching Faculty

  Name   Research   Contact
Anthony T. Annunziato
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Molecular biology; Chromatin assembly and histone modifications in mammalian cells and fission yeast 617-552-3812
401A Higgins
Joseph R. Burdo
Ph.D., Penn State College of Medicine
Associate Professor of the Practice
Hereditary hemochromatosis as a modifier of heavy metal toxicity in the brain, development of a cell culture model of human stroke and identification of neuroprotective compounds using that culture model 617-552-3556
544B Higgins
David Burgess
Ph.D., University of California at Davis
Cytokinesis, polarization of the cytoskeleton 617-552-1606
528 Higgins
Hugh P. Cam
Ph.D., Harvard University
Assistant Professor
Epigenetics, functional genomics, gene regulatory networks, molecular mechanisms of genome plasticity 617-552-6851
501A Higgins
Thomas C. Chiles
Ph.D., University of Florida, College of Medicine
Professor, The DeLuca Chair in Biology, Vice Provost for Research & Academic Planning
B lymphocyte growth and survival, metabolomics, nanodiagnostics
414 Higgins
Peter Clote
Ph.D., Duke University
RNA thermodynamics-based algorithms, protein and RNA structure, function and molecular evolution machine learning in bioinformatics 617-552-1332
577 Higgins
Mary Kathleen Dunn
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Professor & Associate Chair
Transcriptional regulation of nodule formation 617-552-3217
412 Higgins
Rebecca Dunn
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. Dunn's area of expertise is molecular cell biology, epigenetics, and biotechnology. 411 Higgins
Eric S. Folker
Ph.D., Notre Dame
Assistant Professor
Cellular Organization.  Mechanisms of nuclear movement and the role of nuclear movement in muscle development and disease pathogenesis. 617-552-1809
Higgins 578

Marc-Jan Gubbels
Ph.D., Utrecht University, the Netherlands
The genetic and cell biological basis of Toxoplasma gondii cell division and host cell invasion 617-552-8722
501B Higgins
Laura E. Hake
Ph.D., Tufts University
Associate Professor
Translational regulation and signal transduction during meiosis and in early animal development 617-552-1935
444B Higgins
Charles Hoffman
Ph.D., Tufts University, Sackler School
Professor &
Graduate Program Director
Glucose sensing, signal transduction, and transcriptional regulation in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe 617-552-2779
401B Higgins
Welkin Johnson
Ph.D., Tufts University, School of Medicine
Professor, Department Chair
Retroviruses; Primate lentiviruses (HIV and SIV); Co-evolution of viruses and their hosts
545B Higgins
Christopher Kenaley
Ph.D., University of Washington
Assistant Professor of the Practice
Vertebrate biomechanics, physiology, and systematics 617-552-3105
415 Higgins
Daniel A. Kirschner
Ph.D., Harvard University
Structural analysis of amyloids and myelin sheaths 617-552-0211
515 Higgins
Laura Anne Lowery
Ph.D., MIT
Assistant Professor
Cytoskeletal dynamics during cell migration, axon outgrowth, development of the nervous system 617-552-1608
Higgins 428

Michelle Meyer
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor
Computational biology, non-coding RNA discovery and validation, molecular evolution, RNA and protein structure 617-552-0735
444A Higgins
Babak Momeni
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor
Systems biology of microbial communities; mathematical modeling of biological systems; microbial ecology 617-552-3986
346 Higgins  
Junona Moroianu
Ph.D., Rockefeller University
Associate Professor
Nuclear import and export of viral and cellular macromolecules 617-552-1713
644B Higgins
Clare M. O'Connor
Ph.D., Purdue University
Associate Professor
Integration of research experiences into undergraduate education 617-552-2553
478 Higgins
Thomas N. Seyfried Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Professor Gene-environmental interactions in epilepsy and brain cancer 617-552-3563
514 Higgins
Celia E. Shiau
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor
Crosstalk between immune and nervous systems; development and function of tissue macrophages and microglia; inflammatory signaling and processes; genetics, genomics, transcriptomics and live imaging. 617-552-3989
361A Higgins
Danielle Taghian Ph.D., Harvard University
Assistant Professor of the Practice
Dr. Taghian teaches in Developmental Biology and Cancer Biology. She has taught labs in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, and Mammalian Cell Culture. Her research background includes work in DNA recombination and repair mechanisms and the response of human cancers to ionizing radiation. 617-552-6325
544A Higgins
Kenneth C. Williams Ph.D., McGill University
Central nervous system macrophages, neuroAIDS, AIDS pathogenesis, monocyte/macrophage biology 617-552-1186
445B Higgins
Tim van Opijnen Ph.D.; University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Assistant Professor
Microbial Systems Biology; drug/gene interaction networks and the development of new antimicrobials, the development of genome-wide next generation sequencing strategies to link genotypes to phenotypes, and the engineering of bacteria with new traits and novel applicability. 617-552-0804
420A Higgins


Biology Part-Time Faculty

  Name   Research   Contact
Brett Dibenedictus Ph.D., Boston University Dr. Dibenedictus teaches Intro to Neuroscience 425 Higgins
Valentina Di Santo
Ph.D., Boston University
Dr. Di Santo teaches Ecology & Evolution 425 Higgins
Ismael Ben F. Fofana
Ph.D., University of Cocody

Dr. Fofana teaches Research in Molecular Biology Lab 545A Higgins
Carol Chaia Halpern
Ph.D., Rockefeller University
Dr. Halpern teaches Anatomy & Physiology for nursing students. 425 Higgins
Shannon Hogan Ph.D., University of New Hampshire Dr. Hogan teaches Cell Biology 425 Higgins
Margaret McLaughlin-Drubin
Ph.D., Penn State College of Medicine
Dr. McLaughlin-Drubin teaches Molecules and Cells and Genetics & Genomics
425 Higgins
Debra Mullikin-Kilpatrick
Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Mullikin-Kilpatrick's area of expertise is neurobiology; specifically, modulation of neuronal voltage-activated calcium channels.  Currently, she teaches Human Physiology and lab. 470 Higgins
Lisa Nelson
Ph.D., Boston College
Dr. Nelson teaches Anatomy & Physiology for nursing students. 370 Higgins
Roberta O'Connor Ph.D., University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. O'Connor teaches Principles of Immunology   425 Higgins

Research Professors

  Name   Research   Contact
David S. Newburg
Ph.D. Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Visiting Scholar
Bioactive glycans of human milk, glycans of the immature intestinal mucosa, and how these glycans interact to provide a coordinated innate immune system that promotes normal gut colonization while inhibiting enteric diseases. 617-552-1529
477 Higgins

Research Associate Professors

  Name   Research   Contact
Tricia Burdo, Ph.D.
Williams Lab
NeuroAIDS pathogenesis, HIV/SIV peripheral neuropathy, osteopontin, monocytes/macrophages 445A Higgins


Research Assistant Professors

  Name   Research   Contact
Ismael Ben F. Fofana, Ph.D.
Johnson Lab
HIV/AIDS vaccine, SIV/macaque model of AIDS, System Vaccinology, Phage Display and Antibody Engineering 545A Higgins
Eva-Katharina Pauli, Ph.D.
Johnson Lab
Virus-host interaction, signal transduction, intrinsic immunity, restriction factors 545A Higgins
Purna Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Seyfried Lab
Molecular mechanisms of diet on brain tumors 510 Higgins


Biology Administration


  Position   Name   Email   Location


Biology Department Administration General Number
Biology Office
355 Higgins Hall
Chairperson Welkin Johnson, Ph.D. 355D Higgins Hall
Associate Chairperson
& Undergraduate Program Director
Mary Kathleen Dunn, Ph.D. 412 Higgins Hall
Graduate Program Director Charles Hoffman, Ph.D. 401B Higgins Hall
Associate Director, Administrative & Graduate Student Services Peter Marino 355C Higgins Hall
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs
Megan Barry 355E Higgins Hall
Administrative Assistant Diane Butera 355F Higgins Hall
Faculty Support Assistant Colette McLaughlin 355A Higgins Hall
Unix Systems Administrator Tony Schreiner, Ph.D. anthony.schreiner
555 Higgins Hall
Cell Sorting Facility Manager Patrick Autissier 455 Higgins Hall
Imaging Facility Manager Bret Judson 525 Higgins Hall
Director of Laboratories Doug Warner, Ph.D. 378 Higgins Hall

Assistant Director of Laboratories Holli Rowedder 376 Higgins Hall


Arts & Sciences Service Center
A&S Service Center Website

  Position   Name   Email   Location
Manager, Finance & Administration Patrick Coleman 356C Higgins Hall
Fiscal & Grant Manager Travis Songer 151N Stokes Hall
Senior Grant Administrator Christie Raynor-Cohen 356B Higgins Hall
Grant Administrator Jonathan Tosi 356A Higgins Hall
Grant Administrator David Decelles 151N Stokes Hall
Fiscal & Procurement Specialist Donna Gillis 356F Higgins Hall
Fiscal & Administrative Operations Specialist Carole Cardarelli 
356E Higgins Hall
Facility & Operations Manager John O'Grady 356D Higgins Hall
Operations Assistant
Kiel Smith 170D Higgins Hall

Science Technology Consultant

TC Sciences  Christopher Cardosa 223 Higgins Hall