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Active student participation in research projects is strongly encouraged. We value student research, and provide active mentoring and financial support. Our students have presented their research results at meetings and employers, graduate and professional schools value their Fredonia research experiences. The Holmberg Foundation, Constantine Barker Memorial Fund, and the Merck/AAAS Foundation provide summer stipends for student researchers.

Biology Faculty  Research Interests 
Dr. Todd Backes: 716-673-3362
Contact for Exercise Science

Applied Human Physiology - Study of how the physiological stress of acute and chronic exercise affects cognitive function. Study of how dehydration and fluid consumption affects exercise performance.

See Dr. Backes' page for details.

Dr. William Brown: 716-673-3620
Contact for Adolescence Education

Ecology and Evolution – Study of the ecology of cooperation and conflict in animal social groups and mating systems.

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Dr. Scott Ferguson: 716-673-4883
Contact for Molecular Genetics

Molecular Biology – The use of genetic and cell biological approaches to further our understanding of the developmental factors that pattern the Drosophila oocyte.

See Dr. Ferguson's page for details.

Dr. Matthew Fountain: 716-673-3287
Contact for Biochemistry

Biochemistry – The structural biology of RNA hairpin loops and the binding of regulator proteins to DNA.

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Dr. Karry Kazial: 716-673-3284
Contact for Graduate Studies

Animal Behavior – Current research focuses on acoustic communication in bats and bat-insect interactions.

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Dr. Jonathan Kniss: 716-673-3820


Developmental Biology - The developing Zebrafish lateral line is used as a system to conduct genetic, molecular and cell biological experiments to better understand cell migration, organ formation and regeneration.

Dr. Theodore Lee: 716-673-3816
Department Chair
Contact for Pre -medicine, -dentistry, -optometry, -veterinary medicine

Microbiology- Analysis of microorganisms in potable water in Honduras and public health in rural Honduran villages.  

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Dr. Nick Quintyne: 716-673-3821

Cell Biology - Examination of the dynamics of microtubule and microtubule associated protein regulation throughout the cell cycle.

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Dr. Courtney Wigdahl-Perry: 716-673-4622

Aquatic Ecology - Response of lakes to environmental changes in the past and present. 

See Dr. Wigdahl-Perry's page for details.


Biology Department

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