Biological Sciences Program Faculty

Peter B. Berget PhD

Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Professor of Biology

p [dot] berget [at] usciences [dot] edu | 215.596.7417

Dr. Berget holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota. His current research focus is on the discovery, engineering and development of single-chain variable fragment antibodies (scFvs) that can be used as intracellular and extracellular indicators...
Joseph M. Betz PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Biotechnology
John A. Beutler PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor of Cell Biology

jb123w [at] nih [dot] gov | 301.846.1942

Ara DerMarderosian PhD
Professor Emeritus of Biology and Pharmacognosy

a [dot] dermar [at] usciences [dot] edu | 215.596.8915

My research interests include pharmacognosy, medicinal chemistry, and nutraceuticals. We focus on hallucinogenic botanicals: medicinal and poisonous plants and their phytochemistry and pharmacology; marine pharmaceuticals; drugs of abuse; and...
Matthew J. Farber, PhD
Matthew J. Farber, PhD

Director of the Brewing Science Certificate Program

Assistant Professor of Biology

m [dot] farber [at] usciences [dot] edu | 215-596-7452

Dr. Matthew Farber created the Brewing Science Certificate Program at University of the Sciences when he was a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Peter Berget. While a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Farber designed and instructed the graduate...
Jason Heindl
Jason E. Heindl, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology

j [dot] heindl [at] usciences [dot] edu | 215-596-7423

We study several aspects of bacterial cell biology, development, and ecology, primarily using the Alphaproteobacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. A. tumefaciens is a plant pathogen that causes crown gall disease and is a common member of the soil...
Christopher Janetopoulos, PhD
Christopher Janetopoulos, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

c [dot] janetopoulos [at] usciences [dot] edu | 267-295-3118

We use human cancer cell lines, neutrophils, mice, Tetrahymena, and the social amoeba D. discoideum for these studies. Current projects include:  1) Investigate, using several sophisticated microscopy techniques, the signaling and cytoskeletal...
Zachary A. Klase, PhD
Zachary A. Klase, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

z [dot] klase [at] usciences [dot] edu | 215-596-8521

My lab focuses on the study of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) the causative agent of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).  HIV presents an interesting challenge for two reasons: 1) the virus integrates into the genome of the host...
Zhijun Li PhD
Professor of Bioinformatics Research Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Biotechnology

z [dot] li [at] usciences [dot] edu | 215.596.7539

My current research efforts focus on utilizing computational and bioinformatics methods to gain insight into protein sequence, structure and function relationships and to explore their application in molecular modeling, drug design and protein...
Kenneth Myers PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology

k [dot] myers [at] usciences [dot] edu | 215-596-7531

Dr. Myers research is focused on proteins that regulate the dynamic behaviors of the microtubule cytoskeleton and thereby modulate endothelial cell branching and directional motility during vascular development, maintenance and angiogenesis. For...
Dana Pape-Zambito PhD
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

d [dot] pape-zambito [at] usciences [dot] edu | 267.295.3173

Dr. Pape-Zambito is responsible for teaching General Biology lectures and laboratories, Human Physiology and Advanced Cell Biology.  She has expertise in physiology, specifically endocrinology, reproduction, and lactation.  She also has...
Bela Peethambaran PhD

Associate Professor of Biology

b [dot] peethambaran [at] usciences [dot] edu | 215.596.8923

Our research integrates several disciplines such as molecular biology, cell biology, biotechnology and pharmacognosy to investigate the different genes that regulate biosynthesis of natural products in plants. We are also isolating, identifying...