Faculty and Staff

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Headshot of Paul Jivoff
Professor and Chairperson
Science Hall 339D

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.

Headshot of Todd Weber
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.

Headshot of 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.

Headshot of 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.

Headshot of Kelly Bidle
Associate Dean, LAS; Professor, Biology
Fine Arts 207B


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).

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 338D

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.

Headshot of Jonathan Yavelow
Professor of Biology, Faculty Director of the Health Studies Institute
Science and Technology Center, 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

    Drue Stapleton
    Assistant Professor I
    Science Hall 339F
    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.

    Susan Jones-Held
    Priority Adjunct Professor
    Susan Power
    Priority Adjunct Associate Professor
    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.