Biology Faculty

Not just experts in their field, but also personal mentors for our students—that’s how the faculty of the Biology Department at Elizabethtown College see themselves.

Whether guiding students in internships and graduate school applications, or teaching exciting new developments in biological sciences, our faculty combine their love of science and their passion for educating students every day. From ecology, neuroscience, to genetics, our faculty are immersed in a wide array of biological studies, and can’t wait to share their experiences with the incoming students! 

Dr. Yorty

Dr. Jodi Yorty

Department Chair
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
Ph.D. in Immunobiology - Penn State University

yortyj@etown.edu | 717-361-1325
Office: Lyet 244 Lab: Lyet 250

Dr. Jodi Yorty joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 2007. She currently serves as the Department Chair. She teaches introductory biology courses such as Molecules, Cells, and Animal Systems, and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Nutrition. She manages the Biotechnology major and the Masters in Molecular Medicine Program with Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. David Bowne

Dr. David Bowne

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. in Environmental Science - University of Virginia

bowned@etown.edu | 717-361-1317
Office: Lyet 147 | Lab: Lyet 153

Dr. Bowne joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 2008. He teaches General Ecology, Conservation Biology, Geographic Information Systems, and the introductory biology courses Molecules, Cells, and Animal Systems and Principles of Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity of Life.

Dr. Diane Bridge

Dr. Diane Bridge

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. in Biology - Yale University

bridged@etown.edu | 717-361-1177
Office: Lyet 247 | Lab: Lyet 253

Dr. Bridge joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 2000. She teaches Principles of Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity of Life; Invertebrate Zoology; Developmental Biology and laboratory sections of Molecules, Cells, and Animal Systems. Dr. Bridge serves on the Health Professions Advisory Committee.

Dr. Jane Cavender

Dr. Jane Cavender

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. in Genetics - Penn State College of Medicine

cavender@etown.edu | 717-361-1448
Office: Lyet 244 | Lab: Lyet 252

Dr Cavender believes that research and discovery are at the heart of learning and scholarship.

Dr. Jane Cavender joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 1993. She teaches introductory biology courses Molecules, Cells and Animal Systems; Cell Biology, and Experimental Design in Cell Biology. Dr. Cavender is the internship director and faculty advisor to the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.

Dr. Aaron Cecala

Dr. Aaron Cecala

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. in Neurobiology & Anatomy-University of Rochester

cecalaa@etown.edu | 717-361-1341
Office: Lyet 241 | Lab: Lyet 249

Dr. Cecala joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 2010. He teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology, Comparative Anatomy, Behavioral Neurobiology and General Physiology. Dr. Cecala is Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee and faculty advisor of the BIOME club.

Dr. Jonathon Coren

Dr. Jonathon Coren

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. in Genetics - Cornell University

corenj@etown.edu | 717-361-1342
Office: Lyet 248 | Lab: Lyet 251

Dr. Coren joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 2002. He teaches Human Heredity & Inherited Diseases, and Genetics.

Dr. Thomas Murray

Dr. Thomas Murray

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. in Ecology - University of Connecticut

murrayte@etown.edu | 717-361-1474
Office: Lyet 148 | Lab: Lyet 151

Dr. Murray joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 1994. He teaches Aquatic Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Marine Biology, introductory biology lab Molecules, Cells and Animal Systems and a First Year Seminar.

Dr. Debra L. Wohl

Dr. Debra L. Wohl

Professor of Biology
Ph.D. in Ecology - University of Georgia

wohld@etown.edu | 717-361-1326
Office: Lyet 144 | Lab: Lyet 150

Dr. Wohl joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 2004. She teaches honors and introductory biology courses Molecules, Cells, and Animal Systems and general microbiology classes, and a course in pathogenic microbiology. Dr. Wohl serves on the Health Professions Advisory Committee.

Dr. Anya Goldina

Dr. Anya Goldina

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Behavioral Endocrinology-Florida International University

goldinaa@etown.edu | 717-361-6418
Office: Lyet 242 | Lab: Lyet 151

Dr. Anya Goldina joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 2013. She teaches introductory biology courses Biological Concepts and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Staff

Helen Bartlett

Helen Bartlett

Assistant in Biology

bartlehs@etown.edu | 717-361-1318
Office: Lyet 240

Mrs. Bartlett joined Elizabethtown College in 1990. She teaches Anatomy and Physiology Labs.

Janice Davis

Janice Davis

Administrative Assistant

davisjw@etown.edu | 717-361-1389
Office: Lyet 143