Biology Minor

    Biology Minor

    Division

    Natural Science and Mathematics

    Program Type

    Minor
    And four(4) additional Biology course units chosen in consultation with a member of the Biology Faculty. One of these courses must be numbered 300 or higher.
    James Murphy
    Dr. James Murphy
    Division Chair, Professor
    Year Joined: 1994
    • B.S.
      Manhattan College
    • M.S., Ph.D.
      New York University School of Medicine
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1314,1449
    Office: College Hall, Room 120,231
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    James 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
    Academic Committee(s): Faculty Council
    Tammy Castro
    Dr. Tammy Castro
    Professor
    Year Joined: 2003
    • B.S.
      New Jersey City University
    • Ph.D.
      Rutgers University New Brunswick, School of Biomedical & Health Sciences
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1445
    Office: College Hall, Room 111
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    Subject(s): Biology
    Academic Committee(s): Faculty Council (Chair)
    Leila Koepp
    Dr. Leila Koepp
    Coordinator of Biology, Professor
    Year Joined: 1981
    • B.A.
      Messiah College
    • M.S.
      North Texas State University
    • Ph.D.
      Rutgers University New Brunswick, School of Biomedical & Health Sciences
    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
    Academic Committee(s): Academic Programs (CAP)
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    Dr. Paul Russo
    Professor
    Year Joined: 1974
    • B.S.
      Brooklyn College
    • Ph.D.
      Rutgers University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1312
    Office: College Hall, Room 112
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    Subject(s): Biology, Computer Science
    Academic Committee(s): Faculty Development
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    Dr. Rebecca Walter
    Associate Professor
    Year Joined: 2012
    • B.S.
      Alma College
    • M.S., Ph.D.
      University of Utah
    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
    Academic Committee(s): General Education
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    Melissa Baralt
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2022
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Biology
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    Hun Gu Do
    Adjunct Lecturer, Lab Technician
    Year Joined: 2017
    • B.S.
      Bloomfield College
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1781
    Office: College Hall, Room 122
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    Subject(s): Biology
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    Dr. Victoria A. Lane
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2004
    • D.C.
      Cleveland Chiropractic College
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Biology
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    Bobak Shadpoor
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2021
    • B.S.
      Duke University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Biology
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    Dr. Alice Ann Sayler
    Professor Emerita
    • B.S.
      Juniata College
    • M.S.
      Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Ph.D.
      Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Biology

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