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Departmental committees

Diversity and Equity Committee
Karen Petersen Chair
Carl Bergstrom Member
Brian Buchwitz Member
Caroline Cappello Member
Oscar Chacon Member
Jordan Claytor Member
Sarah Espe Morrow Member
Bryan Gee Member
Janet Germeraad Member
Michael Kennedy (He/Him) Member
Sheryl Medrano Member
Jennifer Nemhauser Member
Patricia Owens Member
Kavya Pradhan Member
Mugdha Sathe Member
Adam Steinbrenner Member
Abigail L S Swann Member
Elli Theobald Member
Liz Warfield Member
Jazzmine Waugh Member
Grad/Postdoc Program Committee

Mission: The Graduate & Postdoc Program Committee (GPC) is broadly responsible for managing the graduate student and postdoc programs within UW Biology. These responsibilities include setting guidelines and policies for these programs, handling recruitment/admissions/orientation for the graduate program, distributing awards to graduate students and postdocs, and serving as a resource for, and promoter of the department’s graduate students and postdocs. In all of its tasks, the GPC works towards increased equity, accessibility, and inclusivity within the graduate and postdoc program in order to recruit and retain a diverse community of graduate students and postdocs in our department.

What we do: The GPC supports its mission through the following subcommittees and/or themes: (I) graduate recruitment, admissions, and orientation (joint with DEC), (II) graduate and postdoctoral awards, (III) mentoring, networking, & training (joint with EC, DEC, RC, and UPC), (IV) codes of conduct & conflict resolution (joint with EC, DEC, and UPC), and (V) graduate course program.

Contact: If you would like to help in these efforts or share your perspectives and ideas, please contact Caroline Strömberg, Chair of the GPC, at

Caroline Strömberg Chair
Joyce Antonio Member
Kaysee Arrowsmith Member
Neda Bagheri Member
Berry J Brosi Member
Alison Crowe Member
Sarah Espe Morrow Member
Takato Imaizumi Member
Zoe Kulik Member
Alexander Paredez Member
Kenneth Sebens Member
Katie Stanchak Member
Elena Stiles Member
Adam Summers Member
Aaron van Loon Member
Krista Wintrode Member
Victor Zhang Member
Research Committee

Biology Research Committee Mission: To promote and facilitate all aspects of research within the Biology department, including securing funding, supporting infrastructure, the greenhouse and imaging facilities, organizing space and other shared resources for our research endeavours. The research committee aims to encourage and facilitate the process of identifying funding opportunities for departmental resources, competing for those resources and efficiently using that funding to expand the department research capabilities. It also aims to ensure equitable access to departmental resources necessary for successful implementation of individual research programs while considering department wide resource limitations. The committee advises the Biology Department Chair on research-related allocations of space and to that end, reviews laboratories regularly (every 2-3 years) with respect to their use of assigned spaces. The committee also oversees the departmental shared research resources, such as the Greenhouse, environmental chambers and imaging center, and advises the Biology Chair on their management. Finally, the committee advises the Biology Chair of priorities for use of research cost recovery (indirect cost) funds.

Billie J Swalla Chair
Billie J Swalla Chair
Clemens Cabernard Member
Wai Pang Chan Member
Jeremy Chan Member
Michele Conrad Member
Melissa Delgado Member
Jennifer Doherty Member
David Grossnickle Member
Alex Hansen Member
Aaron Hernández Member
Adam Leaché Member
Eric William Lumsden Member
Jay Parrish Member
Alejandro Rico-Guevara Member
Katie Sadler Member
Greg Wilson Mantilla Member
Undergrad Program Committee

Mission: Ensure that all our biology majors graduate with a deep understanding of core biological principles and with the critical scientific skills needed to address questions across the many sub-disciplines within the life sciences; and encourage within our classes the use of evidence-based teaching strategies to create a challenging and inclusive learning environment for our diverse pool of students.

What we do: Each year, the committee reviews and makes recommendations on new undergraduate courses and changes to existing courses; deliberates on undergraduate scholarships and awards; assures that our core classes have instructional teams in place; and addresses urgent and long-term strategic issues in Biology’s undergraduate academic programs, degree requirements, and course offerings with the overall goal of maintaining a curriculum that dynamically responds to societal needs and newly emerging ideas.

Jennifer L. Ruesink Chair
Tyler (TJ) Clark Member
Thomas Daniel Member
Janet Germeraad Member
Amanda Hewes Member
Benjamin Kerr Member
Linda Martin-Morris Member
Jason Patterson Member
Amy Platenkamp Member
Daniel Promislow Member
Jeff Rasmussen Member
Jeff Riffell Member
L Christine Savolainen Member
Amanda (Mandy) Schivell Member
Julia Smith Member
Julie Theriot Member
Peter D. Ward Member
Ben Wiggins Member