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We would like to keep in touch with all of our graduates! Tell us what is new -- we would like to hear about you, your family, job, promotions, professional honors, get-togethers with other Biological Sciences alumni. Biology alumni can do this easily and securely by visiting the Class Notes section of the University's alumni webpage.

Alumni can also support future generations of Rowan Biology students by making an annual gift to the Biological Sciences Department. Alumni gifts help us continuously provide students with the best equipment and facilities, and provide them with additional opportunities for research and professional development. To make your gift, please click here

What's New

Spring 2015


Kymberleigh Romano '13 writes: "I've been enjoying my time at University of Wisconsin and have been very busy in lab. I couldn't be happier with my decision to come to Madison despite the cold. I joined two labs in December 2013. For my thesis I am studying the human intestinal microbiome and its role in the development and exacerbation of cardiovascular disease using a gnotobiotic mouse model and various metabolomics approaches. My first first-author manuscript was just published by mBio. I was also selected to present a talk at ASM's Beneficial Microbes meeting in Washington DC last September."


Ryan Keweshan '08 writes that he completed his Masters in Entomology from Iowa State in 2012 and is now in a PhD program at Utah State. "It may have taken me a while but I finally have some of my Master's work published. This is my first publication as the first author although I'm not even in agriculture any more."


Congratulations to Richie Suarez '15! Richie was named the winner of the 2015 Most Courageous Athlete Award by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. Click here to learn more from the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Attention Alumni! Are you still active in primary research? This year's STEM Symposium will be held on April 24, 2015. We are now able to accept abstracts from Rowan alumni! If you are currently involved in research and would like to present at the 2015 STEM Symposium, please send an email to Dr. Gregory Hecht ( by March 30 and he will help you out!


The College of Science & Mathematics profiles one of our new faculty, Claude Krummenacher!


Iftode labFall 2014


Student Research Highlights: Our students continue to publish in peer reviewed journals and to present at professional conferences! Click here for a list of this year's student publications and meeting presentations.


Biology Homecoming: The Biological Sciences Department hosted its second annual homecoming biology reunion this fall. Faculty and alumni alike had a great time visiting old friends in Science Hall. As always Dr. Tahamont provided a feast for everyone's enjoyment! Please join us for Homecoming next year on October 17, 2015. We would love to see you!


Four recent biology graduates and one current biology major published their work with Dr. Cristina Iftode and her collaborators in the College of Engineering. Katelyn Toomer '13 is enrolled in a PhD program at the Medical College of South Carolina, Joseph Sheehen '13 is enrolled in a PhD program at Rowan-GSBS and Amanda Branda '13 is pursuing her Doctorate of Pharmacy at St. Joseph College School of Pharmacy in Hartford, CT. Elizabeth England '14 is currently working in Rowan's College of Engineering and Angelika Nitzl '15 will be graduating this coming May.



Ahmed Abdelhady '12 and Dr. Dayalan Srinivasan published their work on aphid embryonic development with their collaborator at Princeton University. Ahmed is currently working in industry.


Vincent Coppola '12 and Dr. Gerald Hough published their work on aging and memory in homing pigeons with their collaborator at Bowling Green State University. Vincent is currently pursuing his PhD at Bowling Green State University.


Biology offers new undergraduate and graduate programs in Bioinformatics: The Bioinformatics Program at Rowan is a multidisciplinary program that draws on the faculty strengths in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Computer Science departments. Click here to learn more.


Mary Pinter '11 and Dr. Alison Krufka have published their work with their collaborators from the Children's National Medical Center. Mary recently received her Masters Degree at the University of Colorado-Denver.


The College of Science & Mathematics profiles one of our new faculty, Svjetlana Vojvodic!


Rowan University profiles professor Luke Holbrook!


Congratulations to Rebecca Crowther '16! Rebecca is one of ten New Jersey college students who have been accepted into the New Jersey Governor's STEM Scholars Program.� Click here to learn more from The Whit.


Summer 2014


Maria TahamontFrom the Chair:
Welcome to our new Alumni and Department news webpage! As many of you know there have been vast changes in Rowan University in recent years. Here in the department we have experienced significant change as well. Click here to learn more.

Spring 2014


Kristie Butler ('11) has received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education from the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences for her contributions to the redesign of their General Biology curriculum. This redesigned course focuses on student-centered learning. Congratulations, Kristie!


Tim Pilla ('11) has been awarded Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellow. This fellowship encourages talented individuals in STEM areas to teach in high-need high schools in NJ. We wish Tim, a scuba diver, ocean enthusiast, and advocate for ecological awareness and biological conservation the best of luck as he uses the fellowship to support his Master level study in Education at Rutgers-Camden.


Congratulations to John Gregg '15 and Leanna Panepinto '14! Their presentation "Ethanol Resistance of Escherichia coli Is Promoted by Alteration of Genes Associated With Solute Transport and Membrane Structure" received an Oustanding Student Poster award at the American Society for Microbiology's 114th General Meeting in Boston Massachusetts in May.


2014 Biological Sciences Department student awards: Congratulations to Syed Hussain Haider (Excellence in Biological Sciences medallion), Rebecca Sleeter (Robert N. Renlund Preprofessional medallion), and Allison Belli (College of Science and Math Dean's Recognition Award)! Rebecca also received the Lawson J. Brown Scholarship Award and another senior, Jessica Healey, received the Robert D. Bole Humanitarian Award medallion from the University. Click here to learn more about all four of these graduating students.


Biology alumni thrive at Rowan's new schools. With the acquisition of Copper University Medical School, Camden, NJ and the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ, Rowan University has not only expanded its educational scope to medicine, but its other scientific educational offerings, too.�As Rowan continues to increase the breath of undergraduate and graduate training and coordinates educational opportunities for students from the Glassboro, Camden and Stratford campuses, current and future Rowan students can build upon their Rowan Biology degree.� Click here to learn more.


Spring 2014 Faculty Spotlight: Mark Hickman & Gregory Hecht Each semester, we will give a profile of one or two faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences. This semester's column looks at Drs. Mark Hickman and Gregory Hecht, who are collaborating to bring the expanding fields of bioinformatics and genomics to bear on our potential to produce biofuels with bacteria. Greg and Mark are also collaborators in their teaching. Both teach Biology 2: Concepts in Genetics. Greg also teaches Microbiology and Introduction to Biochemistry for Biology majors, as well as Biosystems and Applications for Chemical Engineering majors. Mark teaches Biochemistry for Chemistry and Biochemistry, and in the future he expects to teach courses in Bioinformatics for the new major. Their collaboration is a good example of how teaching and research inform and enhance each other in the Department of Biological Sciences. Click here to learn more.


STEM SymposiumThe 17th annual Rowan University STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Student Research Symposium was held on April 25, 2014 in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center. The Symposium has grown a great deal in recent years. This year's event was our largest ever, featuring 117 poster presentations and our fourth consecutive year of record breaking attendance. Thirty-nine biology majors were among the approximately 280 presenting students.

Next year's STEM Symposium will be held on April 24, 2015. We are now able to accept abstracts from Rowan alumni! If you are currently involved in research and would like to present at the 2015 STEM Symposium, please send an email to Dr. Gregory Hecht ( and he will help you out! If you aren't available for the STEM Symposium but would still like to give a research presentation, send an email to Dr. Maria Tahamont ( to inquire about participating in the Biological Sciences Department's 2014-15 Seminar Series.