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Dr. José de Ondarza

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Medical Technology/Cytotechnology Program Coordinator

I have always been facinated by the way cells communicate with each other, as well as how organisms adapt to their environment in their search for food. My current research and teaching interests intersect accordingly: I teach Microbiology (Bio 203) each semester, and (periodically) Medical Microbiology (Bio 406). My research interests focus on signal transduction cascades in eukaryotic microorganisms, particularly in Paramecium tetraurelia, and on the role of G-proteins in chemoresponse and swimming behavior of Paramecium. In a related project, I have investigated the effects of pyrethroid insecticides in the Paramecium model system. A third line of research concerns evaluating soil microbes in the Lake Champlain Basin for enzymes used in breaking down cellulose, xylan, and lignin.

Education

  • Ph.D. Physiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan, 1996
  • Certification in Secondary Education (Biology), Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1989
  • M.S. Biology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1988
  • B.S. Biology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1986

Teaching Areas

Research Areas

  • Signal transduction cascades in eukaryotic microorganisms
  • Role of G-proteins in chemoresponse and swimming behavior of Paramecium
  • Effects of pyrethroid insecticides in the Paramecium model system
  • Evaluation of soil microbes in the Lake Champlain Basin for enzymes used in breaking down cellulose, xylan, and lignin
  • Analysis of bacterial pigments

Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2003–present
  • Bioethics: Fellow, Institute for Ethics in Public Life, Spring 2008
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, SUNY Plattsburgh, 1997–2003
  • Instructor, Department of Biology, University of Vermont, Spring 1997
  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt., 1996–1997
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Physiology, Michigan State University, 1991–1996
  • Instructor of Biology, Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre Campus, 1989–1991
  • Instructor of Biology, Pennsylvania State University/DuBois Campus, Fall 1988
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University, 1986–1988

Professional Memberships

Publications

Activities

  • Church of the Nazarene (Plattsburgh, NY)
  • PHRF sailboat racing crew member aboard Rhapsody, a C&C 34 sailboat

Contact José de Ondarza

Office: Hudson Hall 211
Phone: (518) 564-5156
Email: jose.deondarza@plattsburgh.edu