Faculty

  • Melissa A. Beers

    Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory

    B.S., University of New Hampshire; Ph.D., Cornell University

    Broad interests in molecular biology that are now focused on engaging students in complex experiments and science writing.

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  • Emily A. Buchholtz

    Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ’26 Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.A., College of Wooster; M.A., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., George Washington University

    Vertebrate paleontologist with interests at the interface of morphology, evolution, and development.

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  • John S. Cameron

    Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.S., College of William and Mary; M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Comparative animal physiologist; focused on the role of ion channels in tolerating low oxygen; teaching physiology, introductory biology.

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  • Tucker R. Crum

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory

    B.S., Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia; M.S., Long Island University

    Leads students in inquiry-based or project-based laboratory and focus on scientific writing.

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  • Louise Darling

    Louise Darling

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.S., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Rice University

    Examining the localization and interactions of membrane proteins implicated in human health and disease primarily via fluorescence microscopy.

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  • Jocelyne L. Dolce

    Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory

    B.Sc., M.Sc., University of Rhode Island

    Background in functional and evolutionary morphology of vertebrates (i.e., how vertebrate forms relate to function and evolution); teaches introductory cell and organismal biology and comparative physiology and anatomy of vertebrates.

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  • David Ellerby

    Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.S., University of Manchester, UK; Ph.D., University of Leeds, UK

    Investigating the physiology and mechanics of animal locomotion.

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  • John Goss

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.S., Rhodes College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Cell biologist using fission yeast to study regulatory mechanisms of conserved, essential cellular processes.

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  • Gary C. Harris

    Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.S., Bates College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Boston)

    Research on plant cell biology, biochemistry, the chloroplast, photosynthesis; teaching cell biology and proteomics.

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  • Simone Helluy

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory

    Maîtrise des Sciences, Doctorat, USTL (France); Ph.D., University of Alberta (Canada)

    Intent on conveying the excitement of experimental work in the teaching laboratories of Biology and Neuroscience courses.

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  • Kristina Niovi Jones

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences; Director, Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

    B.S., Stanford University; Ph.D., University of California

    Ecologist with a dual Wellesley role: Director of the Botanic Gardens and faculty member in Biology and Environmental Studies.

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  • Vanja Klepac-Ceraj

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.S., Beloit College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Microbiologist, interested in understanding stability and resilience of microbial communities; teaching introductory biology and microbiology

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  • Martina Koniger

    Martina Königer

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

    Diploma, Ph.D., University of Würzburg (Germany)

    Plant physiologist investigating various processes that allow plants to optimize photosynthesis.

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  • Michelle Labonte

    Michelle LaBonte

    Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory

    B.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Molecular biologist with current interests in science education and the ethical implications of new genetic technologies.

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  • Heather Rose Mattila

    Knafel Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences; Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.Sc., Ph.D., University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada)

    Studies the organization of animal societies, insect communication, and the evolution of cooperation, using the honey bee as a model.

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  • Janet McDonough

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory

    B.S., Simmons College; M.S., Harvard University

    Interested in science education, designing engaging labs, and expanding student science outreach to the community.

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  • Marianne Moore

    Marianne V. Moore

    Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.A., Colorado College; M.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Dartmouth College

    Exploring biodiversity and anthropogenic change in Lake Baikal, Siberia.

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  • T. Kaye Peterman

    Susan M. Hallowell and Ruby Frances Howe Farwell Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.S., Texas A & M University; Ph.D., Duke University

    Plant cell biologist who uses molecular genetics, biochemistry and confocal microscopy to study how plant cells grow and divide.

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  • Nicholas L. Rodenhouse

    Frost Professor in Environmental Science; Professor of Biological Sciences

    A.B., Hope College; M.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Dartmouth College

    Exploring how climate change affects forest songbirds and the environments in which they live.

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  • Andrea Sequeira

    Andrea S. Sequeira

    Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

    M.S., Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Evolutionary biologist with interest in conservation genetics.

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  • Yui Suzuki

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

    A.B., Bowdoin College; Ph.D., Duke University

    Evolutionary development (Evo-devo); Developmental genetics; Insect physiology

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  • Marcia E. Thomas

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory

    B.S., University of Massachusetts; M.A., Smith College

    Interested in environmental science, plant biology, and geospatial analysis.

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  • Drew Webb

    Andrew "Drew" Webb

    Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.S., Ph.D., University of Southampton (England)

    Developing bionanotechnology anti-cancer reagents, biotech patent litigation expert.

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Faculty Emerita

  • Mary Allen

    Mary Allen

    Jean Glasscock Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences

    B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin (Madison); Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    A microbiologist, now retired from teaching in the classroom, but continuing research on cyanobacterial biochemistry with undergraduate colleagues.

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  • Beverly A. Blazar

    Associate Professor of Biological Science

    B.A. Brown University; M.A. Harvard University; Ph. D. Brown University

    Retired professor whose research and expertise was focused on immunology.

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  • Dorothea "Dot" Widmayer

    Professor of Biology Emerita

    B.A., M.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington

    Retired from Wellesley in 1996 after 35 years teaching Introductory Biology and Genetics. Previously taught at Simmons College for two years.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Department of Biological Sciences
Science Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Gary C. Harris
Professor and Department Chair
gharris@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.3168 (for appointments)

Mary Helen McCollister
Administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator
mmccolli@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.3154

Karin Thomason
Administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator
kthomason@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.3153