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Amanda Noel Cass, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Biology Department
Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees Ph.D., Cornell University
A.B., Mount Holyoke College
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Dr. Amanda Cass is an evolutionary biologist broadly interested in the developmental mechanisms that generate morphological novelty, particularly in ray-finned fishes. Her research uses a variety of techniques to characterize gene expression patterns and to test hypotheses about the connections between gene regulatory network evolution and morphological diversity. Her research is often collaborative with students and researchers at other institutions, and has been published in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the classroom, she is passionate about teaching vertebrate anatomy and developmental genetics, as well as contributing to introductory laboratory curricula. In particular, she enjoys developing course-based undergraduate research experiences for introductory courses, giving first-year biology students the opportunity to engage in authentic research.

Prior to joining USJ, Dr. Cass was a visiting assistant professor of biology at James Madison University in Virginia for four years, and a visiting assistant professor of biology at Kennesaw State University in Georgia for two years.


Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Courses Taught

BIOL 325, BIOL 114, Genetics, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Developmental Biology, & labs

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