Jonathan Yavelow

Faculty & Staff / Jonathan Yavelow

Professor of Biology, Faculty Director of the Health Studies Institute

Office Location 
Science and Technology Center, 338E
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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  • 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

  • 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.
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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).