Biology and Toxicology Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Soren Brauner Dr. Soren Brauner
Professor
322 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5275
sbrauner@ashland.edu
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.

http://personal.ashland.edu/sbrauner/
Dolly Crawford Dr. Dolly Crawford
Assistant Professor
226, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5942
dcrawfo9@ashland.edu
Dr. Crawford, assistant professor of biology, is interested in questions related to animal ecology. Research conducted by the Crawford lab aims to advance the study of interactions between species’ distributions and environmental variation, and to examine factors that influence genetic variation. Dr. Crawford is interested in working with students to prepare them for careers in medical, research or in natural... Read More

Dr. Doug Dawson Dr. Doug Dawson
Professor
318 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5277
ddawson2@ashland.edu
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. Paul Hyman Dr. Paul Hyman
Associate Professor
319 , Kettering Science Building
419.207.6309
phyman@ashland.edu
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

http://personal.ashland.edu/phyman/
Dr. Narveen Jandu Dr. Narveen Jandu
Assistant Professor
325, Kettering Science Building
419.207.4957
njandu@ashland.edu
Dr. Narveen Jandu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology/Toxicology at Ashland University.  She teaches 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 Harvard... Read More

Dr. Mason Posner Dr. Mason Posner
Professor, Chair
320, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5691
mposner@ashland.edu
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

http://www.masonposner.com/
Brenda Rodeback Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu
Mrs. Brenda Rodeback joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the departments of biology/toxicology and chemistry/geology/physics in September 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of biology/toxicology, chemistry/geology/physics and psychology. She has an associate’s degree in office administration from NCSC. Brenda lives in West Salem with her husband, Ron, and... Read More

Dr. Patricia Saunders Dr. Patricia Saunders
Associate Professor
324 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5252
psaunder@ashland.edu
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. Her area of expertise is aquatic ecology, and she teaches courses in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Since joining Ashland University she has directed many students doing independent research projects related to the ecology of a... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/psaunder/
adam Schulte Adam Schulte
Biology Laboratory Technician
Rm. 215, Kettering Science Building
419.207.6311
aschult3@ashland.edu
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 Dr. Kristin Simokat
Assistant Professor
215, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5615
ksimokat@ashland.edu
Dr. Kristin Simokat joined the department of biology and toxicology as an assistant professor.  She is teaching courses in human anatomy and physiology.  Dr. Simokat 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.  She comes most recently from the Palouse region (University... Read More

Merrill Tawse Merrill Tawse
Professional Instructor
323, Kettering Science Building
419.207.6310
mtawse@ashland.edu
Merrill Tawse joined the Biology/Toxicology Department in 2010. His work with students in field research focuses on polyploidy in Ambystomid salamanders and projects via radio-telemetry in territoriality and site affinity of the secretive marsh birds, the Virginia Rails. Other student projects have included foraging and roosting behaviors of insectivorous bats in the Mohican Forest. He has conducted numerous Indiana... Read More

Dr. Andrew Trimble Dr. Andrew Trimble
Associate Professor
326, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5267
atrimble@ashland.edu
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 Tricia Trimble
Laboratory Supervisor
313, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5612
ttrimbl1@ashland.edu
Tricia Trimble moved to the Ashland area in 2009.  Prior to this, she attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 2004 and a Master of Science degree in Zoology with an emphasis in Environmental and Aquatic Toxicology in 2007.  After receiving her degrees, Tricia worked as a toxicology researcher at the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center and... Read More