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Our Faculty

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.

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Andrea Ward
Department Chair

Science Building, Room 102
p – 516.877.4204
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Jonna M. Coombs
Associate Department Chair

Science Building, Room 110
p – 516.877.4196
e –

Shirley Komansky
Administrative Assistant
Science Building, Room 103
p – 516.877.4028

Karen Tuitt
Administrative Assistant
Science Building, Room 103
p – 516.877.4214

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


Tandra R. Chakraborty
Director of Graduate Studies

Deborah Cooperstein

James K. Dooley

Matthias W. Foellmer

Lawrence Hobbie

Gayle D. Insler

Alan R. Schoenfeld

Andrea Ward
Department Chair

Benjamin Weeks

Associate Professors

Jonna M. Coombs
Associate Chair

Aaren Freeman

Alexander Heyl

Aram D. Stump

Eugenia Villa-Cuesta

Assistant Professors

Carolyn M. Bauer

Michael D’Emic

Hannah Cates

Anahid Powell


Barbara Cunningham

Ada Mofunanya

Mario Tomei

Adjunct Faculty

Diane Esposito
Senior Adjunct Faculty
Raymond Mascolo
Senior Adjunct Faculty

Idit R. Forkosh
Senior Adjunct Faculty


Rakhi Agarwal

Eitan Akirav

Tamir Aldad

Oluwakemi Babalola

Lisa A. Dailey

Cristina Fernandez-Marco

Galina Fomovska

Vilma Greene

Maria Gulinello

Steven Lindner

Ramesh K. Matcha

Jesus Navarro

Shilpi Paul

Anthony J. Perrotto

John Perrotto

John Russell

Norbert Ryglewicz

Shaden Ryglewicz

Stefan Tafrov

Jack Thomas

Bor-Shuen Wang

Susan Zollo

Professors Emeritus

Algernon Churchill

Carol Diakow

Robert David Jones

George Russell

Lab Technicians

Mica McCarty-Glenn

John Hunter

Erica Redmann

Kelly Bartley


For further information, please contact:

Department of Biology
Science Building Room 103
p – 516.877.4200

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