Biology and Toxicology Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Soren Brauner

322 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Soren Brauner, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He received a Bachelor of Arts in environmental biology, a Master of Arts in botany from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California at Davis. His area of expertise is in plant genetics and evolution.
Dr. Doug Dawson

318 , Kettering Science Building
Douglas A. Dawson, a professor of biology and toxicology, has been at Ashland University since 1993. He holds a B.A. in biology from Transylvania University, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University. He currently teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, advanced human physiology, pharmacology and toxicology, and also conducts research in toxicology.

Dr. Andrew Greene

319 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Andrew V. Greene, associate professor of biology, joined Ashland University in 2006. His areas of expertise include chronobiology, molecular biology and fungal biology. He received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Texas A&M University and his B.S. in microbiology from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Paul Hyman

325 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Paul Hyman's research centers on bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria. Myoviridae bacteriophages (phage), a group of phages that includes T4 phage, are among the most structurally complex viruses with fairly large genomes. This genetic and structural complexity allows them to display a variety of growth cycle alterations and even simple behaviors in response to environmental stimuli. Specifically, his... Read More
Dr. Narveen Jandu

130, Kettering Science Building
Dr. Narveen Jandu is an assistant professor in the department of biology/toxicology at Ashland University.  She teaches courses in cell biology, human biology and microbiology.  Her research focuses on defining the pathogenic mechanisms of gastrointestinal pathogens and the survival of these microbes in the environment.  Prior to joining Ashland University, Dr. Jandu was part of the Curriculum Fellows Program at... Read More

Dr. Mason Posner
320, Kettering Science Building
Students in his lab use molecular biology techniques to understand how eye lens proteins adapt to changes in environmental temperature. They are currently investigating the evolution and biological role of lens proteins called crystallins. These proteins are responsible for making the lens transparent and refracting light so that focused images fall on the retina. Amazingly, one family of crystallins, the alpha... Read More
Dr. Patricia Saunders

324 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Patricia A. Saunders, associate professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002 and is the director of the University's Environmental Science Program. For several years, she has been advisor to Beta Beta Beta, the biology honorary. Her area of expertise is aquatic ecology. Since joining Ashland University she has directed many students doing independent research projects related to the... Read More
Adam Schulte
Biology Laboratory Technician
Rm. 215, Kettering Science Building
Adam Schulte joined the department during the fall semester of 2013 as a laboratory technician. He graduated from Kent State University in 2011 with a bachelor of science in biotechnology. Adam spent the last 2 years as a microbiologist in the pharmaceutical industry, working with chemotherapy and other parenteral drugs. Former student research includes maturation of the mouse oocyte and the insertion pressure of... Read More

Dr. Kristin Simokat

215, Kettering Science Building
Dr. Kristin Simokat is joining the department of biology and toxicology as a visiting assistant professor.  She will be teaching courses in human anatomy and physiology.  She received her B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology with a concentration in developmental biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Simokat comes most recently from the Palouse... Read More

Dr. Dick Stoffer

323 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Richard L. Stoffer, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1980. He is a member of the Environmental Science program and the Ashland University Preserve Manager.  He teaches courses including general zoology, ecology, ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains, field zoology, ethology and forensic science. His research interests included Ohio prairies and prairie reconstruction, systematics of... Read More

Merrill Tawse

228 , Dwight Schar College of Education
Recently joining Ashland University from the MedCentral College of Nursing science department, Merrill Tawse is currently teaching human anatomy and physiology to nursing students. Previous experiences include over 30 years in outdoor education and research at the Gorman Nature Center. His areas of expertise includes the distribution and foraging behaviors of the insectivorous bats found within the four-state region... Read More

Dr. Andrew Trimble

326, Kettering Science Building
Dr. Andrew Trimble is an assistant professor of biology and toxicology. He joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. His research interests include the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment, as well as the effects of physical and chemical stress to the toxicity of organic sediment-based contaminants. Dr. Trimble has previously been the recipient of a U.S.... Read More

Tricia Trimble
Laboratory Supervisor
313, Kettering Science Building
Tricia Trimble has been married seventeen years to Dr. Andrew Trimble, and they have a daughter, Katy, who is now three.  They moved to the Ashland area in July 2009.  Prior to this, she attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and earned a bachelor's degree in zoology in 2004 and a master's degree in zoology with an emphasis in environmental toxicology in 2007.  After her degree, she worked as a... Read More