Department of Biology

Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Maureen L. Tubbiola

Maureen L. Tubbiola

Department Chair
Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 1992, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
M.S. 1989, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.A. 1983, Humboldt State University

(320) 308-3035 | 275 Wick Science Building
mltubbiola@stcloudstate.edu
Jorge E. Arriagada

Jorge E. Arriagada

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 1993, Ohio State University at Columbus
M.S. 1983, University of Concepcion, Chile
B.S. 1979, University of Concepcion, Chile

(320) 308-3456 (O); 320.308.3463 (Herbarium) | 219 Wick Science Building
jearriagada@stcloudstate.edu
http://web.stcloudstate.edu/jearriagada/
Research Interests: Plant systematics, conservation, ethnobotany, invasive plant species, wetland plant communities. Invasive species website: http://web.stcloudstate.edu/invasiveplants
Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje

Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 1997, Medical School, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
M.S. 1991, Medical School, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
M.D. 1986, Medical School, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

(320) 308-3490 | 268 Wick Science Building
mcetkoviccvrlje@stcloudstate.edu
Research Interests: Immunology, autoimmunity (experimental type 1 diabetes), transplantation (experimental pancreatic islet transplantation and bone marrow transplantation), Janus tyrosine kinase (JAK3) inhibitors.
William M. Cook

William M. Cook

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 2003, University of Kansas

(320) 308-2019 | 228 Wick Science Building
wmcook@stcloudstate.edu
http://web.stcloudstate.edu/wmcook

Research Interests: Prairie ecology, habitat fragmentation, interactions between humans and wildlife, patterns of biodiversity, community ecology of insects, plants, mammals, and birds

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Matthew P. Davis

Matthew P. Davis

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 2009, University of Kansas
B.S. 2004, Regis University

(320) 308-3222 | 276 Wick Science Building
mpdavis@stcloudstate.edu
http://www.bathypterois.com

Research Interests: Fishes, Deep Sea, Bioluminescence, Evolution, Systematics, Macroevolution, Genomics and Anatomy

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Ryan C. Fink

Ryan C. Fink

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 2000, University of Milano, Italy;
M.S. 1996, University of Milano, Italy

(320) 308-3047 | 274 Wick Science Building
rcfink@stcloudstate.edu

Research Interests: Molecular food microbiology, host-microbe interactions, salmonella-microbiome interactions

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Oladele S. Gazal

Oladele S. Gazal

Professor of Biology
M.S. 1991, Ph.D. 1994, Iowa State University
B.S. 1986, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

(320) 308-3045 (O); (320) 308-5110 (Lab) | 227 Wick Science Building
osgazal@stcloudstate.edu
http://web.stcloudstate.edu/osgazal

Research Interests: Mammalian physiology, endocrinology

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Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson

Assistant Professor of Biology (Adjunct)
Ph.D. 2017, University of Kansas
M.S. 2012, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Paleontology; Anatomy; Niche Evolution; Functional Morphology; Systematics

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Kristin Pederson Gulrud

Kristin Pederson Gulrud

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 1996, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
B.A. 1990, St. Cloud State University

(320) 308-3207 | 270 Wick Science Building
kpgulrud@stcloudstate.edu
Research Interests: Medical microbiology, bacterial toxins, mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, public health microbiology
Tony C. Her, M.D.

Tony C. Her, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology (Fixed-Term)

(320) 308-4975 | 255 Wick Science Building
tcher@stcloudstate.edu
Bruce Jacobson

Bruce Jacobson

Professor of Biology
Director for Biobusiness Outreach
Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas.
B.S. in Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

(320) 308-4211 | 229 Wick science Building
bljacobson@stcloudstate.edu
Research Interests: Structural Biology and Structure-based drug design
Matthew L. Julius

Matthew L. Julius

Professor of Biology
M.S. 1995, Ph.D. 2000, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
B.S. 1993, Butler University

(320) 308-6684 (O); (320) 308-5688 (Lab) | 225 Wick Science Building
mljulius@stcloudstate.edu
http://web.stcloudstate.edu/mljulius

Research Interests: Ecology and systematics of algae, large lake limnology and paleolimnology

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Satomi Kohno

Satomi Kohno

Assistant Professor of Biology (Fixed-Term)
Ph.D. 2003, Yokohama City University
M.S. 1999, Yokohama City University
B.S. 1997, Yokohama City University

Research Interests: Comparative Endocrinology, Endocrine Disruption, Sex Determination & Differentiation, Environmental Contaminants, Nuclear Hormone Receptor

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Christopher A. Kvaal

Christopher A. Kvaal

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 1999, University of Iowa
B.A. 1989, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

(320) 308-4138 (O); (320) 308-2026 (Lab) | 230 Wick Science Building
cakvaal@stcloudstate.edu
http://web.stcloudstate.edu/cakvaal
Research Interests: Molecular biology, Genetics, Bioinformatics
Jennifer Lamb

Jennifer Lamb

Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 2016, University of Southern Mississippi
B.S. 2010, University of Southern Mississippi

Research Interests: Herpetology, Population Genetics, Conservation.

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JoAnn Meerschaert

JoAnn Meerschaert

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 1994, SUNY-Stony Brook
B.S. 1989, Michigan State University

(320) 308-2288 | 220 Wick Science Building
jmeerschaert@stcloudstate.edu
Research Interests: Immunology, cell biology
Melanie C. Melendrez-Vallard

Melanie C. Melendrez-Vallard

Assistant Professor of Biology (Fixed-Term)
Ph.D. 2010, Montana State University
B.S. 2001, Pacific Lutheran University
B.A. 2001, Pacific Lutheran University

Research Interests: Microbial/viral ecology, Bioinformatics, Infectious disease, Antibiotic resistance

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Louise Millis

Louise Millis

Medical Laboratory Science Program Director
Associate Professor of Biology
Medical Laboratory Science

(320) 308-5438 | 269 Wick Science Building
lmillis@stcloudstate.edu
Mark A. Minger

Mark A. Minger

Professor of Biology
M.A. 1995, Ph.D. 2000, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
B.A. 1985, Western Washington University

(320) 308-5507 | 271 Wick Science Building
maminger@stcloudstate.edu
http://web.stcloudstate.edu/maminger
Research Interests: Science education, teacher preparation and learning environments
Brian L. Olson

Brian L. Olson

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 2003, University of Minnesota
B.A. 1996, Gustavus Adolphus College

(320) 308-5774 | 277 Wick Science Building
blolson@stcloudstate.edu
http://web.stcloudstate.edu/blolson
Heiko L. Schoenfuss

Heiko L. Schoenfuss

Professor of Biology
M.S. 1997, Ph.D. 1997, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
B.S. 1991, University of Bayreuth, Germany

(320) 308-3130 (O); (320) 308-5689 (Lab) | 273 Wick Science Building
hschoenfuss@stcloudstate.edu
http://web.stcloudstate.edu/aquatictox/

Research Interests: Vertebrate morphology, effects of endocrine disrupters

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Timothy J. Schuh

Timothy J. Schuh

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 1990, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. 1984, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

(320) 308-5433 | 224 Wick Science Building
tjschuh@stcloudstate.edu
Research Interests: Developmental biology, early development of Xenopus laevis
Neal J. Voelz

Neal J. Voelz

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. 1990, Colorado State University
M.A. 1983, St. Cloud State University;
B.A. 1980, St. Olaf College

(320) 308-5427 | 222 Wick Science Building
njvoelz@stcloudstate.edu
Research Interests: Aquatic ecology, Streams, Invertebrates

Staff

Barb Kjellberg

Barb Kjellberg

Administrative Specialist

(320) 308-2037 | 262 Wick Science Building
bjkjellberg@stcloudstate.edu
Kari Kinney

Kari Kinney

Administrative Specialist

(320) 308-2039 | 262 Wick Science Building
kakinney@stcloudstate.edu
Brian Lorenz

Brian Lorenz

College Laboratory Services Specialist

(320) 308-4911 | 290 Wick Science Building
balorenz@stcloudstate.edu
Vitaliy Razdaybedin

Vitaliy Razdaybedin

Biology Lab Coordinator
Ph.D. 2007, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
M.S. 2002, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University, Luhansk, Ukraine
B.S. 2001, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University, Luhansk, Ukraine

(320) 308-4729 | 272 Wick Science Building
vrazdaybedin@stcloudstate.edu
Michelle Wagner

Michelle Wagner

Biology Lab Coordinator
Ph.D. 2001, University of Minnesota
B.S. 1995, Texas Lutheran University

(320) 308-2531 | 223 Wick Science Building
mlwagner@stcloudstate.edu

Volunteer Faculty

Steve Bartell

Steve Bartell

Volunteer Faculty
M.S. 2006, St. Cloud State University

Research Interests: ELISA development; biomarkers; human physiology
Daniel Lundberg

Daniel Lundberg

Volunteer Faculty
Ph.D. 2008, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Pharmacology, Limnology, Water chemistry

Graduate Students

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Advisor: Dr. Matt Julius
Danielle Burski

Danielle Burski

Advisor: Dr. A. Marcattilio
Nicholas Cipoletti

Nicholas Cipoletti

Advisor: Dr. H. Schoenfuss
Wes Davis

Wes Davis

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fink
Emily DeArmon

Emily DeArmon

Advisor: Dr. Matthew Davis
Devon Dell

Devon Dell

Advisor: Dr. Chris Kvall
Samera De Silva

Samera De Silva

Advisor: Dr. O. Gazal

Laura Donahue

Advisor: Dr. Jorge Arriagada
Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

Utku Hasbay

Utku Hasbay

Advisor: Dr. Heiko Schoenfuss
Kumiko Highley

Kumiko Highley

Advisor: Dr. A. Marcattilio
Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson

Advisor: Dr. M. Cetkovic-Cvrlje
Joseph Jungwirth

Joseph Jungwirth

Advisor: Dr. Matt Julius
Erum Khan

Erum Khan

Advisor: Dr. O. Gazal
Victoria Korn

Victoria Korn

Advisor: Dr. H. Schoenfuss
Arika Nyhus

Arika Nyhus

Jonathan Ooi

Advisor: Dr. Matt Julius
Dinusha Peiris

Dinusha Peiris

Advisor: Dr. C. Kvaal
Shana Rogan

Shana Rogan

Paige Ross

Paige Ross

Advisor: Dr. Matt Julius and Dr. Ryan Fink
Anna Schorr

Anna Schorr

Advisor: Dr. C. Kvaal
Taylor Schmit

Taylor Schmit

Chimaobim Uzochukwu

Chimaobim Uzochukwu

Advisor: Dr. O. Gazal
Joe Weaver

Joe Weaver

Advisor: Dr. Jorge Arriagada