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    Dr. Chris Barton
    Associate Professor & Chair of Biology; Director, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program
    Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University - Specialization: Physiology, Cell Biology, and Molecular Genetics Research - Interest: Analyzing drugs that affect gene expression and the growth of cancer cells
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3008
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  • Image of Dr. Rebecca Adams
    Dr. Rebecca Adams
    Assistant Professor, Biology
    Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University - Specialization: Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, and Microbiology Research - Interest: Molecular biology of budding yeast mRNA export
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3005
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  • Image of Dr. Nikki Glenn
    Dr. Nikki Glenn
    Assistant Professor, Biology
    Ph.D. in Molecular and Developmental Biology, University of Cincinnati - Specialization: Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology and Zebrafish Development Research - Interest: Development of the axial skeletal system using Zebrafish as a model organism
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3004
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  • Image of Dr. Matthew Heard
    Dr. Matthew Heard
    Associate Professor, Biology
    Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University - Specialization: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Research Interest: Human impacts on environment: water quality, infectious disease, and species invasions
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3018
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  • Image of Dr. Steve Murphree
    Dr. Steve Murphree
    Professor, Biology
    Ph.D. in Entomology, Auburn University - Specialization: Entomology and Ecology Research - Interest: Field studies of medically important and other anthropods
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3017
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  • Image of Dr. John Niedzwiecki
    Dr. John Niedzwiecki
    Professor, Biology
    Ph.D. in Biology, University of Kentucky - Specialization: Population Genetics, Behavioral Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Research Interest: Evolution and Behavioral Ecology
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3009
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  • Image of Dr. Darlene Panvini
    Dr. Darlene Panvini
    Professor, Biology
    Ph.D. in Biology, Vanderbilt University - Specialization: Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, and Conservation - Research Interest: Biodiversity, Exotic species, and Urban Ecology
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3007
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  • Image of Dr. Nick Ragsdale
    Dr. Nick Ragsdale
    Associate Dean, College of Sciences & Mathematics, Professor of Biology, University Pre-Health Advisor
    Ph.D. in Physiology, University of Tennessee, Memphis Specialization: Anatomy & Physiology Research Interest: Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Parkinson’s Disease, Dietary Anti-Oxidants
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 4024
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  • Image of Ray Seely
    Ray Seely
    Laboratory Manager, Biology
    M.S. in Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3099
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  • Image of Terri Templeman
    Terri Templeman
    Administrative Assistant, Department of Biology
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3010
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  • Image of Dr. Jennifer Thomas
    Dr. Jennifer Thomas
    Professor, Biology
    Ph.D. in Microbial Pathogenesis, Northwestern University - Specialization: Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, and Immunology Research - Interest: Pathology of Human Papillomavirus
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3012
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  • Dr. Ciara Reyes-Ton
    Lecturer, Biology
    Ph.D. in Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Michigan
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3013
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  • Sarah Graff
    Sarah Graff
    Lecturer, Biology
    Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University (April 2021)
    Location: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3015
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