Nicholas J. Marra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
This fall I started as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Drury in Springfield, MO where I have the absolute pleasure of working with bright and motivated undergraduates in a liberal arts setting that is wonderfully similar to my own background at Hope College. In the classroom I teach Introductory Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Vertebrate Physiology. As we get off the ground my lab is using computational and sequence based approaches to explore questions regarding physiological adaptations and aspects of genome evolution.
Previously I worked as a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Michael Stanhope at Cornell University working on the genome sequence of the white shark and population genomics of the great hammerhead shark. on the comparative transcriptomics of osmoregulation in desert rodents as part of my Ph.D. with Dr. Andrew DeWoody at Purdue University.