Biological Sciences Full-time Faculty
Cynthia Chang, Ph.D.
Dr. Chang received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University in 2011 and a B.S. in Conservation Biology from University of Maryland in 2005. Prior to coming to UW Bothell, she was a National Science Foundation Math and Biology Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Washington-Seattle and University of Florida.
Her research examines the causes and consequences of plant diversity across multiple levels of diversity—from population to ecosystem scales. Her research combines observational field studies, greenhouse experiments, and statistical and simulation models to answer questions in plant community ecology. Currently, her lab has three main research projects: 1) studying plant community assembly after disturbance on Mount St. Helens volcano; 2) applying ecological theory to restoration in UW Bothell urban wetlands; 3) understanding the relationship between genetic diversity, ecosystem function, and response to climate change with Arabidopsis thaliana.
Gregory Crowther, Ph.D.
Dr. Crowther earned a B.A. in Biology from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Physiology & Biophysics from UW-Seattle. He did postdoctoral laboratory research on methylotrophic bacteria and infectious disease drug development at UW-Seattle, with a recent emphasis on malaria drug targets. This work included high-throughput screening of compound libraries with biochemical and biophysical assays, as well as bioinformatic prioritization of potential drug targets.
Dr. Crowther currently teaches anatomy & physiology (“A&P”) to biology majors and pre-nursing students at UW-Bothell. One of the world’s leading experts in the admittedly minuscule field of educational science songs, he has published several peer-reviewed articles on this topic and has written dozens of songs for the benefit of his students and others.
Kristina Hillesland, Ph.D.
Microbial evolution and evolutionary ecology
Jeff Jensen, Ph.D.
Fish ecology, morphology, and evolution
Alaron Lewis, Ph.D.
Cell & molecular biology, neural connectivity
Dr. Lewis received her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Yale University in 2007. While there she studied post-translational modification in yeast. Prior to coming to UW Bothell, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Washington Seattle where she worked on a project examining the development of zebrafish vision. Dr. Lewis has taught at UWB since 2011. She teaches a variety of Cell and Molecular Biology courses at UWB
Teaching: My teaching focus is to provide students with a core of fundamental principles, such as biological signaling, to assist them in learning how to apply these principles to specific systems, and to show them how to then expand into other systems. I help them develop the skills to find and read the primary literature and create with them an understanding of how the fundamental principles and different scientific disciplines build into an organized interconnected theory of cell biology.
Thelma Madzima, Ph.D.
Dr. Madzima received her Ph.D. in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Florida, in 2009. Prior to coming to UW Bothell, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biological Science at the Florida State University.
Her research emphasis is on the mechanisms of epigenetic regulation of gene expression in plants. She is particularly interested in understanding how plant epigenomes respond to environmental stress stimuli, using Zea mays (maize) as a model organism.
Kate Noble, Ph.D.
Dr. Noble received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1984 from the University of Washington Seattle. Prior to coming to Bothell, she served for many years as the psychologist and then Director of the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at UWS and as a professor in the Department of Women Studies. She is also a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience focusing on the development of resilience and psychological well-being. She came to Bothell in 2010 to create and direct the Minor in Consciousness, the first of its kind at a public university anywhere in the world.
Her research interests reflect the diversity of her academic career. She has authored numerous books and research articles about the psychology of giftedness, the development of giftedness and resilience in women and girls, and the social and emotional effects of early university entrance, and she has lectured widely on these subjects both nationally and internationally. Her current research returns her to her long-standing interest in the transformative effects for students of studying consciousness from a transdisciplinary and integral perspective. She is also investigating whether approaching consciousness from the perspective of scientific revolutions and paradigm shifts can be an effective strategy for integrating this emerging field of scholarship within traditional science environments. She is a founding member of the international Society for Consciousness Studies and a board member of the Transformational Technology Lab at Sofia University.
Marc Servetnick, Ph.D.
Chair, Division of Biological Sciences
Dr. Servetnick earned his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany, and at the University of Virginia. He taught at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, NY, for 15 years, where he also served as Chair, before coming to UW Bothell. He has also served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Servetnick’s research focuses on embryonic development and evolution. He is interested in how genes that are important in development have taken on new roles over evolutionary time, and how these changes have contributed to the emergence of different animals. His current research focuses on the T-box gene family in the development of the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis.
Douglas Wacker, Ph.D.
Animal behavior, endocrinology, neuroscience
Bryan White, Ph.D.
Stem cells, regeneration, neuroscience