Our Faculty

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Meet the individuals who are moving the field forward.

Adelphi’s biology faculty are renowned for scholarship, as evidenced by the research published, awards granted and fellowships earned by department members. Along with our dedication to a strong instructional mission, we are committed to providing our students with a comprehensive advising program. Click on faculty names for more information about each professor’s research, experience and contact information.


Alan R. Schoenfeld
Department Chair
Science Building, Room 102
p – 516.877.4211
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Shirley Komansky
Administrative Assistant
Science Building, Room 103
p – 516.877.4028

Martha Tassiello
Administrative Assistant
Science Building, Room 103
p – 516.877.4214

Paula Zinnanti
Administrative Assistant
Science Building, Room 103
p – 516.877.4200


Deborah Cooperstein

James K. Dooley

George K. Russell

Alan R. Schoenfeld
Department Chair

Benjamin Weeks

Associate Professors

Tandra R. Chakraborty
Director of Graduate Studies

Jonna M. Coombs

Matthias W. Foellmer

Aaren Freeman

Robert David Jones

Aram D. Stump

Andrea Ward

Assistant Professors

Michael D’Emic

Alexander Heyl

Eugenia Villa-Cuesta

Adjunct Faculty

Rakhi Agarwal

Eitan Akirav

Michael J. Altimari

Oluwakemi Babalola

Diane Esposito

Hany Fam

Cristina Fernandez-Marco

Galina Fomovska

Idit R. Forkosh

Vilma Greene

Maria Gulinello

Steven Lindner

Raymond Mascolo

Ramesh K. Matcha

Shilpi Paul

Anthony J. Perrotto

John Perrotto

John Russell

Norbert Ryglewicz

Shaden Ryglewicz

Stefan Tafrov

Jack Thomas

Susan Zollo


Professors Emeritus

Algernon Churchill

Carol Diakow

George Russell

Lab Research Technical

Jennifer Meth

 Laboratory Technical Assistants

John Hunter

Ryan Kennedy


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