Emina Begovic, Ph.D.

Emina Begovic is an evolutionary biologist who received her Ph.D. at the University of California Berkeley. During her tenure at Berkeley she taught many undergraduate and graduate courses that introduced students to a wide variety of topics in the fields of evolution, molecular biology and organismal biology. Her research interests focus on the evolutionary diversification of modern animal body plans. Specifically she studies the homology of the microvillar collar of choanoflagellates (the closest living relative of modern animals) and microvillar structures in specialized tissues throughout animals, with an emphasis on epithelial tissues - epithelial tissues have been recognized as a key innovation that was critical for the evolutionary diversification of modern body plans.

Office hours Wed 11-noon or by appointment;
Location: Dr. K's Office.



Tristan McClure-Begley, Ph.D.

Tristan D. McClure-Begley is a neurobiologist with a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder (2010) and postdoctoral training in neuropharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine (2012). He was awarded a MacDougal Graduate Education certificate from Yale University for curriculum design in science education, and has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on genetics and the molecular nature of complex behaviors. His research interests are focused on the regulation of cholinergic neurotransmission (fast synaptic communication typified by the mammalian neuromuscular junction) and its role in the presentation of neurodegenerative diseases and addiction-related physiology.

Tue 9-10AM or by appointment
Location: Dr. K's Office.

joe rokicki


Joe Rokicki, Graduate Student TA

Joe Row-Kit-Ski is a cool guy. He grew up in Seal Beach, California where he spent a lot of time at the beach. He got a degree in Electrical Engineering and Molecular Biology at Princeton. Currently, he is a graduate student studying promiscuous enzymes and the evolution of regulatory networks in the Copley Lab and Dowell Lab at CU.

Office hours: After class on Wednesday from 11-12 at my lab Porter B242