Our faculty conduct research in a wide range of subdisciplines from the molecular and cellular to the organismal to the ecosystem level. Learn about our research areas.


Instructors, Post-doctoral Fellows, Adjunct Faculty, & Visiting Professors


Endowed Chairs

Aaron M. BauerProfessor and Gerald M. Lemole, M.D., Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology

The Gerald M. Lemole, M.D., Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology was inaugurated to celebrate the Augustinian legacy of Villanova University through the development and implementation of an ethical and socially responsible program that includes scholarly interactions with undergraduate and graduate students.  Work of an integrative biologist incorporates diverse perspectives and disciplines from the biological and physical sciences to explore biological questions and to unravel the complexity of biological systems.  

Dennis D. Wykoff, Professor and Dennis M. Cook Endowed Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics

Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored its connection to Gregor Mendel by establishing the Dennis M. Cook Endowed Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics. Recognizing the broad brush of genetics in the 21st century, the Chair was established to focus on classical inheritance, functional genomics, gene expression, bioinformatics, evolutionary genetics, or other areas that integrate genes and/or genomic material into a research program.

Emeritus Professor

Mary E. Desmond, PhD

Angela DiBenedetto, PhD

Russell Gardner, PhD

Janice Knepper, PhD

Joseph Orkwiszewski, PhD

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Department of Biology
Mendel Hall Room 147 Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4830
Fax: 610.519.7863

Chair: Dennis Wykoff, PhD
Asst Chair: Vikram Iyengar, PhD
Graduate Program Director: Anil Bamezai, PhD