Todd Weber
Professor and Chairperson
Science Hall 339C

B.S., Slippery Rock University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Illinois. His research examines the neurochemical basis of biological time keeping. Dr. Weber joined the Rider faculty in 2001.


Julie Drawbridge
Science Hall 338C

Background Information

B.S., University of Maine at Orono; Ph.D., The University of Texas. Her research interests include organogensis in amphibian embryos. Dr. Drawbridge came to Rider in 1996.

James  Riggs
Science Hall 338F

B.S., Delaware Valley College, M.S.and Ph.D., University of Massachusetts. His interests include immunology, aging, and microbiology. Dr. Riggs has been at Rider since 1991. Dr. Riggs was the recipient of the 2008 Ann Giovanelli Award & the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Kelly Bidle
Science Hall 338D


1996-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
1991-1996 Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology, Center of Marine Biotechnology; University of Maryland
1987-1991 B.S. in Biology, Cook College, Rutgers University

Rosemary Fliszar
Assistant Professor II
Science Hall 338F

A graduate from Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia; Fliszar received a BSN from Cedar Crest College, an MSN in Adult-Health - Gerontology from DeSales University, and a PhD in Nursing from Duquesne University. In addition, she has a Post-MSN Certificate in Transcultural Nursing from Duquesne University, and is a Certified Nurse Educator, awarded by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Laura Hyatt
Associate Professor
Science Hall 324A

A.B., Smith College; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the population biology and ecology of invasive plant species. Dr. Hyatt joined the faculty in 2002.

Paul  Jivoff
Associate Professor
Science Hall 339A

B.A., Hartwick College; M.S., Ohio State University; Ph.D. University of Maryland. He studies the behavioral ecology of marine animals with an emphasis on the mating behavior of blue crabs. Dr. Jivoff joined the faculty in 2002.

Jonathan Karp
Science Hall 339E

B.A., Colgate University; Ph.D.,Vanderbilt University. He studies the effects of stress on health and disease, neural-immune interactions, and environmental influences on behavior. Dr. Karp came to Rider in 1997.

Phillip  Lowrey
Associate Professor
Science Hall 338A

B.S. Vanderbilt University, Ph.D. Northwestern University. Dr. Lowrey studies the molecular biology of circadian rhythms. Dr. Lowrey joined the Rider faculty in 2005.

Jonathan Yavelow
Professor of Biology
Science Hall 338E


  • 1978 Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1973 B.S., Biology, American University, Washington, D.C.,

Recent Appointments

  • 2012-2015 Commissioner, New Jersey State Commission for Cancer Research
  • 2011-2012 Visiting Scholar, Institute for Advanced Study

Recent Book and Research Interests

    John Adamovics
    Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Science Hall 322A


    1973 B.A. Chemistry, Portland State University
    1976 Ph.D. Chemistry, Colorado State University
    1976-1979 NIH Post Doctoral Fellow, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Industrial Experience

    Heuris Pharma L.L.C.
    Founder, President

    Ann  Hoffenberg
    Adjunct Instructor


    1986 M.S., Zoology, Rutgers University
    1971 B.S., Creative Arts, New York University

    Courses Taught

    Principles of Biology Laboratory: Biology of Animals (BIO 115L)
    Principles of Biology Laboratory: Biology of Plants (BIO 116L)

    Academic Experience

    1989-2000 Teaching Specialist, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Office of Special Academic Programs, Piscataway, NJ

    Mary  Leck
    Emeritus Professor


    • 1966 Ph.D.Botany, University of Colorado, Boulder CO
    • 1962 B.S. Botany, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

    Research Interests

    My current research studies involve seed, seed bank, and seedling ecology. I work in a local tidal freshwater wetland, known as the Hamilton – Trenton – Bordentown Marsh, where it has been possible to compare vegetation of a reference site with a constructed wetland.

    Shawn  Wild
    Adjunct Assistant Professor


    • 1997-98 Post Doctoral Training, TEMPVA Research Group, Inc., Temple, TX
    • 1996 Ph.D., Pharmacology, Concentration: Neuroscience, School of Medicine East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
    • 1990 B.S., Biology, Minor: Chemistry, 1990, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

    Courses Taught

    • Principles of Biology: Evolution, Diversity and Biology of Animals (BIO-115 & BIO-115L)
    • Life Science: Human Disease Emphasis (BIO 106)