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I am an Associate Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. I study the evolution and molecular basis of aging using Drosophila and social insects. I teach Cell Biology (Bio 401), Communicating Biology (Bio 380), General Genetics (Bio 305) and Biology of Aging (Bio 339). I also supervise undergraduate research projects on aging and stress using invertebrate models.

Website updated: August, 2016.


I was on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman!

I shot a segment with Sara Cahan for the season 7 episode "Are there more than two Sexes?" for the Science Channel. It is available online from the Science Channel (via youtube) for $2 unless it covered by your cable subscription>. A poor quality free version is up on Youtube, but my mother tells me I sound like a cartoon character on that one!

Teaching Cell biology, Bio 401 with a bigger class

Cell Bio will be more challenging this year with nearly 40 students enrolled spread across two labs. We will still be contributing to Wikipedia and reading/presenting primary papers. The labs will once again cover using gradients to isolate cellular components and finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease using a humanized C. elegans model system.


Come see some of our most popular and interesting professors and local experts share their science with the general public at 30 City Hall Place in downtown Plattsburgh. The public is invited to attend the free talks at 5:30pm on the first and third Monday of the month over the next semester. I organize this series for the nonprofit 30City.

The Fall schedule:

Monday Sept. 19, 5:30pm: Dr. Michael Walters, ¡°You Robot¡±

Monday, Oct. 3rd, 5;30pm, Dr. Don Slish, ¡°The Neuroscience of Opioid Addiction¡±

Monday, Oct. 17th, 5:30pm, Dr. Kathy Lavoie, ¡°Bat Conservation¡±

Monday, Nov. 7, 5:30pm: Dr. Ken Podolak, ¡°Magnets of the Future¡±

Monday, Nov. 21st, 5:30pm: Dr.Curt Gervich and Essex Farm Institute members Kristen Kimball and Racey Billingham, ¡°Exploring the Food-Water-Energy Relationship in ADK Farming Communities¡±

Monday Dec. 5th, 5:30pm: Dr. Nancy Elwess, ¡°Ancient Maya Bones Meet 21st Century Technology¡±