Department of Biology


Lawrence Blumer

Lawrence S. Blumer
Hope Hall, Room 302
(470) 639-0283 
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Educational Background: BGS: University of Michigan, 1974
MS: Zoology, University of Michigan, 1978
PhD: Biological Sciences, University of Michigan, 1982
Areas of Expertise: Director of Environmental Studies Program
Research Interests: Ecology, Animal Behavior, Evolution, Instructional Laboratory Pedagogy


David B. Cooke III
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 129
(470) 639-0232
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Dwann Davenport
Assistant Professor
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 132
(470) 639-0448

Valerie Haftel

Valerie K. Haftel
Associate Professor
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay Hall, Room 323
(470) 639-0626
Educational Background: B.S. Biology Bucknell University, 1991; M.S. Physiology, Hahnemann University, 1994; Ph.D. Physiology, Emory University, 1999

Areas of Expertise: Neurobiology, Physiology


Jeffrey Handy
Assistant Professor
Hope Hall, Room 215
(470) 639-0294


J. K. Haynes
David Packard Professor in Science
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 131
(470) 639-0200
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Triscia Hendrickson
Associate Professor
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 207
(470) 639-0633
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Educational Background:  
B.S., Biology, University of the Virgin Islands
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Emory University
Post-doctoral Fellowship, FIRST program, Emory University School of Medicine
Area of Expertise: Cell Biology
Research Interests: Regulation of Molecular Motors; Undergraduate STEM Education


Keith M. Howard
Associate Professor and Chair
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 134
(470) 639-0395
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Joseph W. McCray
Associate Professor
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 322
(470) 639-0281
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Alexandra Peister

Alexandra Peister
Associate Professor
Hope Hall, Room 315
(470) 639-0366 or (470) 639-0499
Educational Background: BA -Biology, Franklin and Marshall College; PhD , Human Genetics, Tulane University; Post-doctoral fellowship Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Areas of Expertise: Evaluation of stem cell sources for engineering 3D bone, fat, cartilage and muscle.


Wallace Sharif
Assistant Professor
Hope Hall, Room 303
(470) 639-0337
Educational Background: BS, Chemistry, Morehouse College; PhD, Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University
Areas of Expertise: Cellular and Molecular Biology; The Biology of Aging


Ethell Vereen
Assistant Professor
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 130
(470) 639-0534

Educational Background:  
B. S., Biology, Sourth Carolina State University

M.S., Environmental Health, University of Georgia College of Public Health

Ph.D., Ecology, University of Georgia

Post-doctoral Fellowship, FIRST program, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Area of Expertise: Water Quality, Environmental Health, Microbial Ecology
Research Interests: My research focuses primarily on the ecology of waterborne diseases with an emphasis on water quality.  Recently, I expanded my research to include activities on the mechanisms and evolution of antibiotic resistance.  My work on water quality is focused on understanding the sources, transformation, transport, and ecology of waterborne pathogens - specifically Salmonella and Campylobacter, as well as fecal indicators organisms.  I am also interested in exploring Undergraduate STEM Education and Pedagogy, with an emphasis on PanAfrican and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the sciences.