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School of Arts and Sciences | Biology Faculty

Janet Kolesar, chair
Associate Professor
Dauby 228
440 646 8160

Glenn Hanniford

Professor Emeritus

Elizabeth Kavran
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mullen 322
440 646 8107

Mark A. Kyle
Assistant Professor
Dauby 221
440 720 3838

Jenise M. Snyder
Assistant Professor
Dauby 207 B
440 646 8161
Jenise M. Snyder received a B.S. in Biology Education (2000) and M.S. in Biology (2004) from Florida International University, as well as a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis (2014).  At Ursuline College, she teaches a variety of courses including Introductory Biology, Ecology, Human Environment, Clinical Microbiology and Water and Society. She also co-teaches a summer abroad course in Guatemala on lake and human ecology through the University of California, Davis.  Her research specialization is in wetland and aquatic ecology, specifically addressing the impact of anthropogenic nutrient enrichment on plant and soil communities and the cycling of nutrients within those systems.  Students working with Dr. Snyder have been examining the effect of the restoration of Ursuline campus stream on water quality, as well as the effect of ecosystem management on decomposition following the tornado’s disturbance on Ursuline’s forest.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Snyder is the faculty advisor for the Green Organize in Action student organization.  

Lynn Ulatowski
Assistant Professor
Dauby 207 C

Lynn Ulatowski graduated in 1991 with a BS in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. In 2003 she earned a MS in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and in 2012, graduated with a PhD in Molecular Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. Her Dissertation topic was: Regulation of Vitamin E and Tocopherol Transfer protein, for which she received the Academic Excellence Award. From 2012-2015  Lynn worked as a Post-doctoral fellow at Case Western Reserve University, researching Vitamin E transport in the central nervous system, which is particularly relevant to oxidative stress associated diseases like Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Down's Syndrome. Her research also includes delineating how modifications of Tiam1 GEF influences activation of Rho GTPases and progression of colon cancer. This research aims to develop therapeutic inhibitors of Tiam1 to attenuate tumorgenesis.
Lynn has served as adjunct faculty at Notre Dame College, Cuyahoga Community College, and Case Western Reserve University.

Lita Yu

Associate Professor
Dauby 232
440 684 6121


B.S. Biology – Genetics from University of Kansas
M.S. Biology from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Ph.D. Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Courses taught:
BI 120/L  Human Genetics & Laboratory
BI 220    Human Genetics & Genomics
BI 232/L Clinical Microbiology & Laboratory
BI 420  Molecular Biology
BI 430/L  Cellular & Biochemical Process & Laboratory
BI 435/L  Genetics & Laboratory
BI 452  Experimental Research
BI 453  Senior Thesis

Deborah Blackley
Lab Assistant
Dauby 219
440 684 3036