Full-Time Biology Faculty

Dr. Amy B. McEuen

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Email:  mceuen.amy@uis.edu
Phone:  (217) 206-7341
Office:  HSB 229

Area of Expertise: Ecology

Dr. James Bonacum

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Biology, Yale University

Email:  bonacum.james@uis.edu
Phone:  (217) 206-6035
Office:  HSB 231

Areas of Expertise: Genetics and molecular biology

Dr. Hua Chen

Professor of Ecology
Ph.D. Forest Ecology, Oregon State University

Email:  hchen40@uis.edu
Phone:  (217) 206-8339
Office:  HSB 230

Areas of Expertise: Terrestrial ecosystem ecology, global change ecology, restoration ecology.

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Dr. Noah Reynolds

Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Microbiology, Ohio State University

Email:  nmreynol@uis.edu
Phone:  (217) 206-8567
Office:  HSB 226

Area of Expertise: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Dr. Lucia Vazquez

Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Cornell University

Email:  lvazq1@uis.edu
Phone:  (217) 206-8112
Office:  PAC 519

Area of Expertise:  Plant systematics, molecular evolution, bioinformatics

Dr. Natalya Zinkevich

Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Russian Academy of Sciences

Email:  nzink2@uis.edu
Phone:  (217) 206-8367
Office:  HSB 228

Area of Expertise:  Vascular biology with a focus on human coronary vascular function; genetics

Biology Lab Specialist

Jessica Bonnett
Teaching Lab Specialist
B.S. University of Illinois Springfield, Biology
M.S. University of Illinois Springfield, Biology

Email:  jbonn02s@uis.edu 
Phone:  (217) 206-8631
Office:  HSB 138

Charles Burroughs
Teaching Lab Specialist
B.A. Oberlin College, Environmental Studies
Ph.D.  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Plant Biology

Email:  cburrou2@uis.edu
Phone:  (217) 206-8579
Office:  HSB 305

Department Affiliate

Dr. Stephen Johnson
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Pharmacology

Email:  srj@uis.edu
Phone:  (217) 206-7336
Office:  HSB 311

Area of Expertise: My investigations use proteomic and electrophysiological techniques to characterize neuroactive molecules  invertebrate venoms.

Associated Faculty

Dr. Leon C. Hinz Jr.

Illinois Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator
Division of Natural Heritage, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Ph.D. Aquatic Ecology and Resource Management, University of Michigan

Email:  leon.hinz@illinois.gov
Phone:  (217) 785-8297

Area of Expertise: Aquatic Ecology and Conservation Assessment

Dr. Maria Lemke
Aquatic Ecologist
The Nature Conservancy, Illinois
Ph.D. Aquatic Ecology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Email:  mlemke@tnc.org
Phone:  (309) 645-8477
Office:  11304 Prairie Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542

Area of Expertise: Aquatic macroinvertebrates, Agriculture and Water Quality, Zooplankton

Dr. Hong Qian
Curator of Botany, Illinois State Museum
Ph.D. Biogeography, University of British Columbia

Email:  hqian@museum.state.il.us
Phone:  (217) 782-2621

Areas of Expertise: Botany, ecology, biogeography

Dr. James Veselenak
Associate Professor of Clinical Lab Science and Public Health

Email:  veselenak.james@uis.edu
Phone:  (217) 206-7346

Areas of Expertise: Medical microbiology, mycology

Emeriti Faculty

  • Dr. Gary Butler
  • Dr. Ann M. Larson
  • Dr. Gary Trammell