Jonathan Yavelow
Professor of Biology Email:
Phone Number: (609) 896-5093
Office Location:
Science Hall 338E

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Professor of Biology
Phone Number: 
(609) 896-5093
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
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

Star Gazing to Sustainability:  Appreciating the Scientific Process. Kendall Hunt, 2013.

The book conveys how scientific thinking has uncovered our story of the universe. It is a jargon-free science story celebrating the beauty and power of scientific thought. Data based decision-making and constructive criticism deserves the utmost respect by our culture and the book underscores the importance of using an interdisciplinary science approach in confronting our sustainability challenges.

Hear an interview with James Moore, KRUU, FM, Planet Erstwild 

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My research interests now include integration of science, social science and humanities to better approach our sustainability challenges.   There is also a clear relationship between environmental health and human health.   Identifying specific dietary factors that can improve human health has also been a long standing interest

Courses Taught

  • From the Big Bang to the Origin of Life 
  • Life Sciences: Cell and Genetic Emphasis
  • Cell and Molecular Biology and Lab 
  • Advanced Cell & Molecular Biology and Lab 
  • Genetic Engineering and the Philosophy of Science

Selected Publications

Fitzpatrick, E.,  McBride, S., Yavelow, J., Najmi, S.,  Zanzucchi, P., Wieder, R. Microfuidic techniques for Single-Cell Protein Expression Analysis. Clinical chemistry, 54:6 1080-1088, 2006.

Yavelow, J. Rider University Science Advisory Board:  A mechanism for successful partnering between the University, Industry and the Community.  Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 27:1, September 2006.

Yavelow, J., Tuccillo, A.M., Kadner, S.S., Katz, J. and Finlay, T.H.##1-Antitrypsin blocks TGF# release from MCF-7 Human Breast Cancer Cells. J. Clin. Endocrinology and Metabolism, 82:745-752, 1997.

Nickels, J.T. Jr. , Schepis, L.T. and Yavelow, J.,   Isolation and characterization of chymotrypsin-like enzymes from transformed fibroblasts. J. Foods Chemistry, 18:1-15, 1994.

Finlay, T. H., Tamir, S., Kadner, S.S., Cruz, M.R., Yavelow, J., and Levitz, M. #1-Antitrypsin and Anchorage Independent Growth of MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells. Endocrinology, 133: 996-1002, (1993).