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James Riggs
Science Hall 258

B.S., Delaware Valley College, M.S.and Ph.D., University of Massachusetts. His interests include immunology, aging, and microbiology. Dr. Riggs was the recipient of the 1993 Dominick Iorio Faculty Research Excellence Award, the 2008 Ann Giovanelli Award, the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award, & the 2013 Dominick Iorio Faculty Research Award.

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).

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

  • 2015-2018 Commissioner, New Jersey State Commission for Cancer Research
  • 2011-2012 Visiting Scholar, Institute for Advanced Study

Recent Book and Research Interests

    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.

    John Somerville

    B.S., Ph.D. Washington State University.  Dr. Somerville’s interests include microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. Dr. Somerville began interacting with faculty in the Biology Department in 1998, was made an Adjunct in 2003 and has been at Rider since 2015 after retiring from Bristol-Myers Squibb following a 25 year career in drug discovery and translational medicine.  Dr.