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Faculty & Staff

Christina Andruk, Ph.D.

Christina Andruk

Clinical Lecturer

Office: Cornelia Hall, 105-A
Phone: (914) 633-2166

Degrees: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2014
BS, University of Connecticut, 2007

Dr. Christina Andruk teaches courses in environmental science, ecology and evolution. Her past research interests have focused on how fire and overabundant deer effect hardwood regeneration in woodlands. She is currently interested in developing effective management techniques to control invasive species and restore native plants in riparian ecosystems in partnership with local conservation organizations.

Teresa D'Aversa, Ph.D.

Teresa D'Aversa

Associate Professor

Office: Cornelia Hall, 105-C
Phone: (914) 633-2488
Degrees: MS, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2002
BS, Sienna College, 1996

Dr. Teresa D'Aversa teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, neurobiology, and developmental biology. Her research work focuses primarily on the expression and regulation of chemokines in response to various stimuli, as well as their expression in central nervous system inflammation, specifically in multiple sclerosis. She is studying the role of free myelin within the CNS by treating various types of brain cells and assaying for specific cytokines and chemokines seen in patients with MS. She is also studying the signaling pathways of genes relevant in MS in response to myelin, as well as the effect of free myelin on the components of the blood-brain barrier.

Yourha Kang, Ph.D.

Yourha Kang

Chair, Biology Department
Associate Professor

Health Professions Adviser

Office: Cornelia Hall, 105-I
Phone: (914) 633-2260
Degrees: Ph.D., Cornell University, 2000
AB, Smith College

Dr. Yourha Kang teaches courses in general biology, cell biology and biochemistry. Her research interest is in the field of Plant Biology. She is currently working on two projects. She is first investigating the population genetics of the butterfly weed plant, Asclepias tuberosa. Dr. Kang has also begun an investigation on the molecular mechanisms behind the ability of the reed plant, Phragmites australis to tolerate high-metal soils.

Eric Muller, Ph.D.

Eric Muller

Associate Professor
Office: Cornelia Hall, 105-H
Phone: (914) 633-2303
Degrees: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2003
BS, The College of New Jersey, 1996

Dr. Eric Muller teaches courses in genetics, molecular biology and histology. His primary interests are in the genetic and molecular mechanisms of how cells translate environmental information into intracellular signals that result in alterations of cell physiology.  His lab utilizes baker’s yeast as the primary model organism. 

Joseph Stabile, Ph.D.

Joseph Stabile


Dean, School of Arts & Science

Office: Murphy Center
Phone: (914) 633-2253
Degrees: MS/Ph.D., Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 1994
BS, Fordham University

Dr. Joseph Stabile teaches courses in ecology, evolution and toxicology. His primary research interests are in population ecology, genetics and environmental sciences, and the relationship of genetic diversity and the ecological success of marine organisms.

David Zuckerman, Ph.D.

David Zuckerman

Assistant Professor
Office: Cornelia Hall, 105-J
Phone: (914) 633-2279
Degrees: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2009
BA, Case Western Reserve University, 1998

Dr. David Zuckerman teaches courses in general biology and microbiology. His research focus is on the cell biology of the soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus, a model social bacterium. Additional primary research interests include examining cell movement across surfaces and determining of how protein structures within the cell contribute to the shape and behavior of the bacteria.

Scholarship Support for Medical School

The George and Margaret Pappas Medical School scholarship is available for one full-time senior who has been accepted to a school of medicine or to a program in a related health science. Jared Gargano '19, the most recent recipient, was an active Biology major who earned multiple accolades for his outstanding work in the laboratory and the classroom and was accepted to medical school during his freshman year through the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Early Acceptance Program.

Student Success

The faculty and staff here are always an email or a visit away and I think that's what separates Iona from all other schools is the willingness and availability that the professors have to help their students.

Brianna Hines

Biology Major

Dr. Yourha Kang gives a Ted Talk

Dr. Kang presented a Tedx talk titled “Why studying the butterfly weed plant matters” at Westchester Community College on March 17, 2017.