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Abdalla Aldras
Associate Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1981, Jordan University
M.S.P.H., 1987, Tulane University
Sc.D., 1991, Tulane University

Website: www.esu.edu/aaldras
P: (570) 422-3704
E: aaldras@esu.edu

Campus Address
SciTech 226
Research Interests: Immunological assessments of host immune responses to infectious diseases; host-parasite interactions; biotechnology



Kathleen Brunkard
Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1977, Southern Connecticut State College
M.S., 1979, Syracuse University
Ph.D., 1982, University of Massachusetts


Website:
P: (570) 422-3705
E: kbrunkard@esu.edu

Campus Address
Moore Biology Hall 102
Research Interests: Developmental biology of ferns; environmental physiology of plants; ecology of nonvascular plants



James Hunt
Associate Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1988, University of Rochester
Ph.D., 1996, University of California, Los Angeles

Website: www.esu.edu/jhunt
P: (570) 422-3715
E: jhunt@esu.edu

Campus Address
SciTech 225
Research Interests: Deep sea biology; marine ecology; behavior of cephalopods



Thomas C. LaDuke
Associate Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1981, Michigan State University
M.S., 1983, Michigan State University
Ph.D., 1991, City University of New York

Website:
P: (570) 422-3520
E: tcladuke@esu.edu

Campus Address
Moore Biology Hall 128
Research Interests: Morphology and systematics of amphibians and reptiles; vertebrate paleontology; conservation and natural history of Pennsylvania amphibians and reptiles; Neotropical herpetology.

Joshua Loomis
Assistant Professor of Biology

Education
B.A., 1998, University of Florida
Ph.D., 2003, Pennsylvania State University

Website:
P: (570) 422-2708
E: jloomis2@esu.edu

Campus Address
SciTech 224
Research Interests: Microbiology and virology; interactions between the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and the yeast Candida albicans in the context of a mixed biofilm.



Maria Kitchens-Kintz
Assistant Professor of Biology, Department Chair

Education
B.S., 1991, State University of West Georgia
Ph.D., 1999, University of South Carolina

Website:
P: (570) 422-3723
E: mkitchens@esu.edu

Campus Address
Moore Biology Hall 127
Research Interests: Molecular biology and genetics; effects of green tea on cancer cells; survey of local foods for genetically-modified organisms.



Terry Master
Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1976, Muhlenberg College
M.S., 1980, East Stroudsburg University
Ph.D., 1989, Lehigh University

Website: www.esu.edu/tmaster
P: (570) 422-3709
E: tmaster@esu.edu

Campus Address
SciTech 228
Research Interests: Avian ecology and conservation, tropical ornithology, nesting ecology of Louisiana Waterthrushes and Acadian Flycatchers; riparian birds as bioindicators of hemlock decline.



John S. Smith
Assistant Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1975, University of South Florida
M.S., 1980, University of South Florida
Ph.D., 1990, University of Texas at Austin

Website:
P: (570) 422-3717
E: johnsmith@esu.edu

Campus Address
Moore Biology Hall 106
Research Interests: Reproductive endocrinology; detection of estrogenic and proestrogenic compounds in the environment.



Matthew Wallace
Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1995, University of Connecticut
M.S., 1999, North Carolina State University
Ph.D., 2003, North Carolina State University

Website: www.esu.edu/mwallace
P: (570) 422-3720
E: mwallace@esu.edu

Campus Address
Moore Biology Hall 208
Research Interests: Systematics and ecology of treehoppers.



Jennifer White
Associate Professor of Biology

Education
B.A., 1986, Dartmouth College
Ph.D., 1993, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Website:
P: (570) 422-3712
E: jwhite@esu.edu

Campus Address
Moore Biology Hall 129
Research Interests: Mammalian anatomy and development; functional morphology of mammalian limbs; mammalian reproductive anatomy.



Howard (Sandy) Whidden
Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1981, Hobart College
M.S., 1987, University of Vermont
M.S., 1989, University of Florida
Ph.D., 1995, University of Massachusetts

Website: www.esu.edu/hwhidden
P: (570) 422-3714
E: hwhidden@esu.edu

Campus Address
Moore Biology Hall 130
Research Interests: Mammalian morphology and systematics; conservation and natural history of Pennsylvania mammals.

Tracy Whitford
Assistant Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1984, Wright State University
Ph.D., 1993, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Website:
P: (570) 422-3713
E: twhitford@esu.edu

Campus Address
Moore Biology Hall 104
Research Interests: Molecular studies of marine invertebrates, systematics of the polychaete family Nephtyidae.



Paul Wilson
Assistant Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1988, Lafayette College
Ph.D., 1996, Washington University

Website:
P: (570) 422-3712
E: pwilson@esu.edu

Campus Address
SciTech 229
Research Interest: Aquatic ecology, water quality and invertebrate communities in local streams.



Dongjiao (Don) Zhao
Assistant Professor of Biology

Education
B.S., 1995, China Medical University
M.S., 2005, Purdue University Calumet
Ph.D., 2010, Purdue University

Website:
P: (570) 422-3706
E: dzhao@esu.edu

Campus Address
SciTech 227
Research Interests: Stem cell biology; the role of cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) in skeletal muscle cell differentiation.