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Faculty & Staff

Mark Barsoum

Mark Barsoum
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

I am a cellular physiologist and neuroscientist, currently specializing in biology education research and the scholarship of teaching and learning. I teach human physiology and the introductory biology sequence, and I also direct the math, science, and economics arms of our Center for Teaching and Learning.

Karen Bernd

Karen Bernd
Ph.D. Princeton University

My classes revolve around the ways that foundational cell biology content allows us to understand and explain human disease and the way that environmental components affect cellular function. Within my courses, from the introductory level through senior honors research, we discuss how we know what we know and perform and analyze experiments focused on pushing the frontiers of scientific knowledge.

Malcolm Campbell

Malcolm Campbell
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

My areas of expertise include genomics and effective teaching methods. I teach two courses in genomics; one surveys recently published research findings and the other engages students in genuine research using next generation sequencing methods. My research is in synthetic biology where I have mentored about 150 students.

Verna Case

Verna Case
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

As a professor and administrator, I revel in being an advocate for science education at Davidson. I teach courses in reproductive medicine, and in the study and treatment of human disease in Zambia, which is connected to the Davidson in Mwandi program.

Rachid El Bejjani

Rachid El Bejjani
Ph.D. University of Arizona

I am a geneticist and neuroscientist with a diverse background in cell and molecular biology. I use the microscopic, transparent nematode worm, C. elegans, to study the molecular mechanisms of nervous system degeneration and regeneration.

Karen Hales

Karen Hales
Ph.D. Stanford University

I am a geneticist and cell biologist who uses the fruit fly Drosophila to explore questions of internal shaping of cells. I teach courses in genetics and cell/molecular biology, and I mentor independent research students in my laboratory.

Barbara Lom

Barbara Lom
Ph.D. Northwestern University

I teach courses in neuroscience, developmental biology, and microscopy. My research lab examines a variety of questions that all center on understanding how developing vertebrate neurons wire themselves together to form a functional nervous system.

Linda McNally

Linda McNally
M.S. University of North Carolina, Charlotte

I teach courses for non-science majors that focus on human biology, microbiology, and infectious disease.

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Janet Melonakos
Ph.D. Duke University

I teach Molecules, Genes, & Cells in addition to Cancer Biology.

Chris Paradise

Christopher Paradise (Chair)
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

I am a teacher and ecologist and have been teaching undergraduates and studying insects for more than 20 years. I want my students to understand the process of doing science, to appreciate the main concepts in biology, and to make connections between all different levels of biology. My research projects are in a variety of areas of insect ecology, from the individual to the ecosystem levels.

Patricia Peroni

Patricia Peroni
Ph.D. Duke University

I teach introductory biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, biostatistics and experimental design, dendrology (taxonomy of woody plants), environmental science, and ecology of disease. All courses require independent library and/or laboratory/field projects and are writing intensive.

Jeremiah Putnam

Jeremiah Putnam
Ph.D. Texas A&M

My areas of expertise include anatomical and physiological changes in land transitional organisms, particular heart structure, microanatomy of vertebrates with focus on the four tissues of the vertebrate body (histology), literature studies on the development of evolutionary thought and selected sociological and psychological ramifications, and health professions advising.

Wendy Raymond

Wendy Raymond
Professor of Biology
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Chambers 1283
704-894-2204
weraymond@davidson.edu

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Sabriya Rosemond
Postdoctoral Research University of California, Berkeley

As a science education researcher my work focuses on the design and assessment of courses that aim to engage students in scientific practices as a means of shifting and expanding who participates in science to include those from diverse backgrounds and pre-collegiate preparations.

Sophia Sarafova

Sophia Sarafova
Ph.D. Columbia University

I have taught and involved students in original immunology and genetics research at Davidson College since 2006. My goals as a teacher are to foster a scholarly atmosphere of questioning the current knowledge of biology in my classroom and to support the development of every student into a critical, independent thinker and problem solver.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith
Ph.D. University of Tennessee

An ecologist by training, I specialize in conservation biology and biodiversity analysis. My research investigates patterns of biodiversity and biodiversity loss, with a particular focus on understanding why species go extinct and the identification of traits that predispose species to extinction.

Mark Stanback

Mark Stanback
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

As a behavioral ecologist, I bring my fascination with evolutionary biology, animal behavior, and ecology to my students in both classroom and field settings. Although I maintain a research program in Africa, my local research focuses on nest site competition, brood parasitism, nest site selection, and behavioral plasticity in bluebirds, nuthatches, and chickadees.

Bryan Thurtle-Schmidt

Bryan Thurtle-Schmidt
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

I am a biochemist who uses a combination of structural biology, biochemical assays, and genetics to study membrane transport proteins and other large protein complexes.

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Debbie Thurtle-Schmidt
Ph.D University of California, Berkeley

I am interested in integrating novel genomics data into teaching bioinformatics.

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Susana Wadgymar
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Georgia

I am an evolutionary ecologist who studies the processes that promote or constrain adaptive evolution in plant systems, often in the context of informing conservation management plans.

Dave Wessner

David Wessner
Ph.D. Harvard University

I teach an introductory biology course and upper level courses in microbiology and HIV/AIDS.  My research involves viral pathogenesis, HIV/AIDS outreach, and education.

Staff

Keith Frye

Keith Frye
Instrumentation Specialist

I design and build a variety of electronic and mechanical devices for use in classrooms, research labs, and in the field. I regularly assist faculty, staff, and students, training them in proper operation and safety.

Peggy Maiorano

Peggy Maiorano
Laboratory Manager
M.S. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
pemaiorano@davidson.edu
704-894-2509

As the laboratory manager of introductory courses for majors, I interpret lab protocols in regard to needs, suggest improvements, and order/prepare all lab materials and equipment. During the summer months I assist research students with obtaining materials needed for their projects, and I support the Duke TIP and AP Summer Institute classes that meet in biology spaces.

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Kathryn Perez
Program Coordinator
M.S., M.A. The University of Alabama

My responsibilities include programming and operations, managing budgets, event planning, social media, and collaborating with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Jessica Spillman

Jessica Spillman
Laboratory Manager
M.S. University of Illinois, Springfield

As laboratory manager for Environmental Studies and Biology field and non-majors courses, I order supplies, test lab methods, and set out equipment. I also manage part of the Environmental Studies budget.

Becca Vance

Rebecca Vance
Laboratory Manager, Upper Level
M.S. University of Alabama at Birmingham
revance@davidson.edu
704-894-2731

Faculty Emeriti

Don Kimmel, Ph.D.
David Grant, Ph.D.
Pam Hay, Ph.D.
John Williamson, Ph.D.