Department of Biology


Lawrence Blumer

Lawrence S. Blumer
Hope Hall, Room 302
(404) 653-7873 or (404) 658-1142 
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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
Professor and Chair
Program Director
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 134
(404) 653-7871
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Dwann Davenport
Assistant Professor
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 132
(404) 681-5389

Valerie Haftel

Valerie K. Haftel
Associate Professor
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay Hall, Room 323
(404) 653-7874
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
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 129
(404) 653-7877


J. K. Haynes
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 104
(404) 215-2610
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Triscia Hendrickson

Triscia Hendrickson
Associate Professor
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 207
(404) 653-7875
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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
Hope Hall, Room 115
(404) 653-7876
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Joseph W. McCray
Associate Professor
Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room 322
(404) 653-7872
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Alexandra Peister

Alexandra Peister
Associate Professor
Hope Hall, Room 315
(404) 653-7879
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
(404) 653-7880
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
(404) 215-2689