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VANIA COELHO, PH.D

Vania Coelho 2013 ColorAssistant Professor, Biology, Dept. of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
School of Health and Natural Sciences
Expert in Environmental Sciences and Coral Reef Ecology
415-458-3745
vcoelho@Dominican.edu

EXPERTISE

  • Coral reefs
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology of marine invertebrates

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Current research focus is on conservation ecology of marine ecosystems, particularly coral reefs.
  • Led several research projects in American Samoa in South Pacific gathering corals

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JAMES CUNNINGHAM, PH.DJim Cunningham

Associate Professor, Biology, Dept. of Natural Sciences and Mathematics|
School of Health and Natural Sciences
Expert in Zoology
415-257-1327
cunningham@Dominican.edu

EXPERTISE

  • Vocal behavior, social organization, and the growth rates of birds and how this relates to energy allocation during breeding
  • Zoology

PUBLICATIONS

  • J. Cunningham, S. Ghosh, B. Colteaux, C. McDonald, M. Kolipinski (2013) "A Survey Of Pollinator and Plant Interactions in Meadow and Grassland Habitats of Marin County, California" BIOS, 84(1):1-7.

    PRESENTATIONS

    • "Complexity and the Teaching of the 5th Threshold: The Origin and Evolution of Life" at first meeting of the International Big History Association, Grand Rapids, Mich. August 2013.
    • "Variation in the Raincalls of New Zealand Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) at joint meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, Cooper Ornithological Society and Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Vancouver, B.C. Canada August 2012.

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    MOHAMMED EL MAJDOUBI, PH.D

    Mohammed el MajdoubiAssistant Professor, Biology, Dept. of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Expert in Neuroscience and Stem Bell Biology
    415-257-0175
    mmajdoubi@dominican.edu

    EXPERTISE

    • Stem cell research
    • Biomedical sciences

     

    PRESENTATIONS

    • M. El Majdoubi, C. McDonald and M. Zagzoog "Embryonic Stem Cell-derived Neurons as an In Vitro for Investigating Developmental Neurotoxicity of Environmental Pollutants" at the 2nd World Neuroscience Online Conference, June 2013.
    • M. El Majdoubi, S. Appavoo, A. Gharib, A. Fitzgerald and N. Mathew "Exam Type, Performance and Stress: A Comparison Of Open Book, Closed Book and Cheat Sheet Tests" at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nev., April 2013.
    • M. El Majdoubi, C. McDonald and M. Zagzoog "Neuronal Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells As An Alternative Model to Screen for Developmental Neurotoxins" at the Environmental Health Conference -- Science and Policy to Protect Future Generations," Boston, Mass. March 2013
    • M. El Majdoubi and H. Stelmach "Breaking Down The Walls Between Neuroethics and Religious Ethics" at the Conference of the Society of Christian Ethics, Santa Clara, Calif. February 2013
    • M. El Majdoubi, C. McDonald and M. Zagzoog "Effects Of Heavy Metals on a Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell Model of Developmental Neurotoxicity" at Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, San Francisco, Calif. December 2012.
    • M. El Majdoubi, C. McDonald and M. Zagzoog "Effects Of Heavy Metals on Proliferation and Neuronal Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, La. October 2012
    • M. El Majdoubi, C. McDonald and M. Gutierrez "Effects Of Heavy Metals on Proliferation and Neuronal Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells" at 37th Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, Los Angeles, Calif. April 2013.
    • M. El Majdoubi, C. McDonald and M. Gutierrez "Effects Of Heavy Metals on Proliferation and Neuronal Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells" at National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, Utah, March 2012.

     

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    • Published 17 scientific papers and has given 18 presentations at international meetings
    • Reviewer for the journal Neuroendocrinology
    • Current research focus on mouse embryonic stem cells as an in vitro model of the differentiation and development of hormone-secreting neurons.Such research could provide medical treatment to neuroendocrine-related diseases such as Kallmann’s, Prader-Willi, and Rubenstein-Taybi.

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    DIARA SPAIN, PH.D

    Diara Spain 2013 ColorAssistant Professor, Biology, Dept. of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Expert in Biological Science
    415-257-1343
    dspain@dominican.edu

    EXPERTISE

    • Functional morphology and locomotion of invertebrates.


    PRESENTATIONS

    • D. Spain, K. Reed and M. Buselli "Assessing Communication in an Introductory Science Research Class" at Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology" San Francisco, Calif. January 2013.


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