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/
Area of Research: 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
Area of Research: 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
Area of Research: Prairie ecology, habitat fragmentation, interactions between humans and wildlife, patterns of biodiversity, community ecology of insects, plants, mammals, and birds
Matthew P. Davis

Matthew P. Davis

Assistant 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

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

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Ryan C. Fink

Ryan C. Fink

Assistant 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

Area of Research: 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

Area of Research: Mammalian physiology, endocrinology

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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
Area of Research: 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
Area of Research: 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

Area of Research: 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
Area of Research: Molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics
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
Area of Research: 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
Area of Research: 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/

Area of Research: 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
Area of Research: Developmental biology, early development of Xenopus laevis
Joshua G. Stepanek

Joshua G. Stepanek

Assistant Professor of Biology (Fixed-Term)
Ph.D. 2016, University of Colorado Boulder
M.S. 2010, St. Cloud State University
B.S. 2008, St. Cloud State University

320-308-1500 | WSB 221
jgstepanek@stcloudstate.edu
Research Interests: Applied Phycology, Algal Systematics, Comparative Phylogenetics

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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
Area of Research: Aquatic ecology, Streams, Invertebrates
Bethany J. Walters

Bethany J. Walters

Assistant Professor of Biology (Fixed-Term)
M.S. 2014, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
B.S. 2012, University of Minnesota, Crookston

(320) 308-4825 | 248 Wick Science Building
bjwalters@stcloudstate.edu

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
Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson

Volunteer Faculty
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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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