Biology

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Overview

The study of biology is the scientific study of life, a broad and diverse field aimed at improving the communities and world in which we live. Choose from General Biology, Pre-Chiropractic Studies or Pre-Podiatry Studies.

CONCENTRATIONS:

General Biology


What you’ll study: Microbiology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, calculus.

What you can do: Become a healthcare professional, work with wildlife and fisheries, work in nurseries, garden centers and zoos, or become a natural resources manager.

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Pre-Chiropractic Studies


What you'll study: General biology, organic chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, algebra.

What you can do: Graduates go on to study chiropractic medicine. Chiropractors diagnose and treat neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.

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Pre-Podiatry


What you'll study: General biology, organic chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, algebra.

What you can do: Graduates go on to study podiatric medicine. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatric orthopedics or primary care.

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Students have interned at:

  • Department of Natural Resources
  • The Audubon Society
  • Central Park Zoo
  • A variety of corporate laboratories
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Fast Facts

  • Expected job growth for chiropractors: 17% from 2014 to 2024, faster than average for all occupations. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.)
  • Bloomfield has preferred seating with 12 chiropractic colleges accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education.
  • Pre-podiatry students earn preferred seating with the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM).
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You could be …

A microbiologist: Median pay $66,850 per year. Microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi and some types of parasites. They try to understand how these organisms live, grow and interact with their environments.

An environmental scientist: Median pay $68,910 per year. Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers or work with industry to reduce waste.

A medical scientist: Median pay $80,530 per year. Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

A zoologist: Median pay $60,520 per year. Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

A chiropractor: Median pay $67,520 per year. Graduates who go on to earn their graduate degree as a chiropractor treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. They use spinal adjustments and manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, such as back and neck pain.

A podiatrist: Median pay $124,830 per year. Graduates who go on to earn a graduate degree in podiatry will provide medical care for people with foot, ankle and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries and perform surgery involving the lower extremities.

(Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)


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Contact Information

Jim Murphy
Dr. Jim Murphy
Division Chair, Professor
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1314,1449
Office: College Hall, Room 120,231
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Jim Murphy, Ph.D.

Dr. James Murphy graduated from Manhattan College with a BS in Biology (Teacher Preparation). He earned an MS and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Sackler Institute of the New York University School of Medicine, graduating in 1994. Dr. Murphy joined Bloomfield College the same year.

In the past, Dr. Murphy has studied both the molecular biology of cancer and the molecular biology of parasitism in insects. These days he focuses on the chemical modification of proteins in peas. Specifically, Dr. Murphy is interested in the effects of deacetylase inhibitors on pea root meristems. This research has resulted in publications, numerous student poster presentations as well as a recent GenBank sequence report for the Vitamin B12 Independent Methionine Synthase mRNA, accession number “KJ890480” that can be found at the website for the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Bloomfield College students have been coauthors on all these reports. This sequence will allow Dr. Murphy’s group to infer the amino acid sequence of the Methionine Synthase and investigate chemical modification of its amino acids, such as acetylation.

Dr. Murphy usually teaches the General Biology courses, “Diversity” and “Cell.” As well as the upper level Biochemistry II and Bio seminar.

Subject(s): Biology
Tammy Castro
Tammy Castro
Associate Professor
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1445
Office: College Hall, Room 121
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Subject(s): Biology
Leila Koepp
Dr. Leila Koepp
Professor
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1310
Office: College Hall, Room 022
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Leila Koepp, Ph.D.

Dr. Leila Koepp is currently the Biology Coordinator in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and is a full professor at Bloomfield College. She has been part of the college since 1982. She has previously taught at several institutions including Montclair State University, Farleigh Dickenson University, and Upsala College. She held positions as a bacteriologist at several hospitals including Flow Memorial Hospital in Denton, Texas and Overlook Hospital in Summit New Jersey.

Dr. Koepp has a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology from Rutgers University, formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ), Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (1982). Dissertation title: The Molecular Basis for the Biological Activity of the Slime Glycolipoprotein of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain BI, a M.S. in Microbiology from North Texas State University, Denton, Texas (1970), a B.A. in Biology from Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania. (1968).

At Bloomfield College, she taught many courses including General Biology, Clinical Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Genetics, Developmental Biology and has developed an Immunology course which has been added to the curriculum and which she has taught in the past and continues to teach as needed. Presently she mostly teaches multiple sections of Microbiology to biology majors and nursing students. She also has transformed the genetics curriculum to reflect multicultural/multiracial issues and introduced a course for non-majors that deals with Biotechnology and Human Affairs.

Most of her research during her graduate studies focused on the investigation of the molecular basis for the pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa which has resulted in multiple publications in scientific journals.

She has investigated and cloned the SPO7 gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae with Dr. David Kabak at UMDNJ and has presented the results at several scientific meetings.

She has been involved with student research which focuses on bacterial leaf scorch (BLS) of oak trees in Northern NJ. The disease is caused by Xylella fastidiosa bacterium which infects the xylem of the leaves leading to leaf scorching and eventually death of the trees. Samples of oak leaves were collected and PCR analysis was conducted on these samples. The leaves were also analyzed by SEM with positive results for the bacterium.

In 2014 she published a book “Topics in Grief” which could be found on Amazon in honor of her late son David Koepp. She also has a blog TopicsInGrief.com

Subject(s): Biology
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Paul Russo
Professor
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1312
Office: College Hall, Room 112
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Subject(s): Biology
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Rebecca Walter
Associate Professor
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1317
Office: College Hall, Room 125
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Rebecca Walter, Ph.D.

Dr. Walter has been with Bloomfield College since 2012. The courses she teaches include: Anatomy and Physiology 1&2, Biomechanics, and Vertebrate Morphology.

Dr. Walter has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Utah. Her graduate thesis was entitled “The Biomechanics of Galloping and Acceleration in Dogs.” She currently uses Bloomfield College’s Motion Capture System in her research on the biomechanics of human walking and running.

Subject(s): Biology
Dorothy Zahran
Dorothy Zahran
Division Office Coordinator
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1313
Office: College Hall, Room 231
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Subject(s): Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science, Mathematics, Medical Imaging Sciences

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