Faculty


Scott Nunes

Department Chair
(415) 422-5645

His research focuses on the behavioral ecology of mammals.  His recent work with Belding’s ground squirrels in the Sierra Nevada has examined breeding dispersal in adult males, and short- and long-term benefits of play behavior for young animals.

Education:

PhD, Michigan State University | BA, UC Santa Cruz

Courses:

Human Biology, Human Biology Lab, General Biology II, General Biology II Lab, Human Anatomy, Human Anatomy Lab, Comparative Anatomy, Comparative Anatomy Lab, Human Anatomy, Human Anatomy Lab, Readings for Advanced Undergraduates, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Thesis Research for Biology Honors Program, Directed Reading, Research in Biology, Thesis Writing

Brian Thornton

Department Chair
(415) 422-4478

Professor Brian Thornton is interested in the molecular control of cell division in eukaryotes. His past research has focused on cell division in the...

Courses:

General Biology I, General Biology I Lab, Microbiology, Microbiology Lab, Genetics, Genetics Lab

Jennifer Dever

Professor
(415) 422-5481

Jennifer A. Dever is Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. She received her PhD from Texas Tech University. Professor Dever studies the...

Education:

PhD, Texas Tech University

Courses:

Female Biology, Herpetology, Herpetology Lab, Conservation Biology, Conservation Biology Lab, Molecular Medicine, Evolution, Molecular Biology, Molecular Medicine, Directed Reading, Research in Biology

Louise Goupil

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4081

Her graduate research focused on the role of cysteine proteases in the free-living flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea as a potential model system for parasitic flatworms.

Education:

PhD in Chemical Biology, University of California, San Francisco | BS in Chemical Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

The Science of Life, Science of Life Lab, General Biology I, General Biology I Lab, General Biology II, General Biology II Lab, Cell Physiology

Deneb Karentz

Professor
(415) 422-2831

Dr. Karentz's research focuses on the ultraviolet photobiology of marine organisms: identifying strategies for protection from UV exposure and...

Education:

PhD, University of Rhode Island | MS, Oregon State University

Courses:

Expedition USF, Oceanography, Oceanography Lab, Readings for Advanced Undergraduates, Evolution, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Thesis Research for Biology Honors Program, Climate Change, Master's Project

Leslie King

Instructor
(415) 422-5704

Leslie King is an Instructor in the Department of Biology. She received her BS in Zoology from the University of California, Davis in 1989 and her MA...

Education:

MA in Physiology and Behavioral Biology, San Francisco State University, 1993 | BS in Zoology, University of California Davis, 1989

Courses:

General Biology I Lab, General Biology II, General Biology II Lab, Survey of Human Physiology, Human Physiology, Human Physiology Lab, Comparative Animal Physiology, Comparative Animal Physio Lab

Cary Lai

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6643

As a graduate student, Professor Lai performed a biochemical and structural analysis of the enzyme telomerase. Following graduate school, he worked...

Courses:

General Biology II Lab, Cell Physiology, Biology of Cancer, Undergraduate Seminar in Biology, Graduate Seminar in Biology, Biology of Cancer, Directed Reading, Research in Biology, Grad Sem: Molecular Biology, Molecular Biology, Mol Gen & Biotechnology, Mol Gen & Biotechnology Lab, Adv. Research Meth in Biotech, Adv Res Meth in Biotech Lab, Internship in Biotechnology, Directed Study

Mary Jane Niles

Professor
(415) 422-2354

Professor Niles received her BS from San Francisco State University in 1985 and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. She is...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley | BS, San Francisco State University

Courses:

Cell Physiology, Virology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Immunology Laboratory, Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Laboratory in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Immunology Laboratory

John Paul

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4915

John R. Paul, Assistant Professor, earned his BS degree from The Evergreen State College and a Masters in Zoology from the University of Florida. He...

Education:

PhD, Biology, University of Pittsburgh | MSc, Zoology, University of Florida | BSc, Evergreen State College

Courses:

General Biology II, General Biology II Lab, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Lab, Field Botany: Calif Plants, Field Botany: Calif Plants Lab, Evolution, Undergraduate Seminar in Biology, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Graduate Seminar in Biology, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Research in Biology, Thesis Writing, UG Special Topics w/Lab

James Sikes

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6367

Professor Sikes is interested in the evolution and development of regeneration and asexual reproduction in invertebrates, particularly marine and...

Courses:

Genetics, Genetics Lab, Biology of the Galapagos, Biology of the Galapagos Lab, Invertebrate Zoology, Invertebrate Zoology Lab, Developmental Biology, Developmental Biology Lab, Special Topics in BIOL w/lab, Readings for Advanced Undergraduates, Evolution, Undergraduate Seminar in Biology, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Thesis Research for Biology Honors Program, Thesis Writing for Biology Honors Program, Graduate Seminar in Biology, Developmental Biology, Developmental Biology Lab, Directed Reading, Writing and Research Methods, Research in Biology

Juliet Spencer

Professor
(415) 422-5470

Juliet Spencer joined the faculty in 2003 after spending several years as a drug discovery scientist in the biotechnology industry. She has an active...

Education:

PhD, Microbiology, University of Virginia | BS, Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Courses:

Microbiology Lab, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Laboratory, Virology, General Microbiology, Laboratory in General Microbiology, Readings for Advanced Undergraduates, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Thesis Research for Biology Honors Program, Thesis Writing for Biology Honors Program, Directed Reading, Research in Biology, Thesis Writing

John Sullivan

Professor
(415) 422-5975

John Sullivan holds the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair. He received his AB from Dartmouth College, and his MS and PhD from Lehigh University. Prof....

Education:

PhD, Lehigh University | MS, Lehigh University | BA, Dartmouth College

Courses:

General Biology I, General Biology I Lab, Animal Toxicology, Histology, Histology Lab, General Parasitology, General Parasitology Lab, Histology

Nicole Thometz

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4083

Dr. Thometz is a broadly trained physiological ecologist who specializes in marine mammal physiology, ecology, and behavior. She has spent nearly a...

Education:

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 2014 | BS, Biology, University of Portland, 2008

Courses:

General Biology I Lab, Ecology, Comparative Animal Physiology, Comparative Animal Physio Lab, Special Topics in BIOL w/lab, Special Topics Laboratory, Special Topics

Christina Tzagarakis-Foster

Associate Professor, Associate Dean for the Sciences
(415) 422-6820

Prof. Tzagarakis-Foster studies the transcription factor, DAX-1, which is a member of the nuclear hormone receptor family and is linked to the human...

Courses:

Endocrinology, Endocrinology Lab, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Thesis Research for Biology Honors Program, Thesis Writing for Biology Honors Program, Endocrinology, Endocrinology Laboratory, Directed Reading, Research in Biology, Thesis Writing, Career Preparation Seminar

Brian Young

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4738

Professor Young’s research has focused on understanding the mechanism of macromolecular machines, and the application of this to developing more...

Education:

PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Courses:

General Biology I Lab, Laboratory in Survey of Human Physiology, Human Physiology, Human Physiology Lab, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Biology, Undergraduate Seminar in Biology, Molecular Medicine, Advanced Human Physiology, Adv Human Physiology Lab, Grad Sem: Molecular Biology, Career Preparation Seminar, Molecular Biology, Human Physiology, Mol Gen & Biotechnology, Mol Gen & Biotechnology Lab, Adv. Research Meth in Biotech, Adv Res Meth in Biotech Lab

Naupaka Zimmerman

Assistant Professor

Professor Naupaka Zimmerman is broadly interested in the intersection of microbial community and ecosystem ecology. His lab research focuses on the...

Education:

PhD, Biological Sciences, Stanford University | BA, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Cultural Anthropology, Harvard University

Courses:

California Ecology, Laboratory, Ecology, General Microbiology, Laboratory in General Microbiology, Special Topics in BIOL w/lab, Special Topics Laboratory, Undergraduate Seminar in Biology, Thesis Research for Biology Honors Program, Graduate Seminar in Biology, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Bioinformatics

Contact Info

Department of Biology

Mon-Fri, 9a.m. - 5p.m.

Harney Science Center 256 (415) 422-6755 (415) 422-6363