Advisors for 2017-2018

Mike Davis

Mike DavisAssistant Professor of Biology
Pre-medicine Advisor

P | 434-381-6365
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O | Guion Science Center | First Floor, 123

B.S., Biology | University of Virginia
M.S., Biological Sciences | University of Virginia
Ph.D., Microbiology | University of Virginia

Professor Davis studied the molecular biology of infectious diseases at the University of Virginia before joining the faculty at Sweet Briar College in 2013. He is a broadly trained cell biologist who teaches courses in genetics, microbiology, infectious disease, cell biology and introductory courses in biology. In addition, he serves as the pre-medical adviser, preparing students for careers in medicine and associated disciplines. He has expanded his research interests into characterizing the bacteria that live on Sweet Briar’s 3,250-acre campus. He also is researching the evolution of glyphosate resistance in these microbes. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicide, Round-Up. He welcomes enthusiastic, hard-working undergraduates for research projects in his laboratory.

John Morrissey

John MorrisseyProfessor of Biology
Pre-veterinary Advisor

P | 434-381-6190
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O | Guion Science Center | First Floor, 117

B.A., Biology | Hofstra University
M.A., Biology | Hofstra University
Ph.D., Marine Biology and Fisheries | University of Miami

Professor Morrissey, a lifetime member of the American Elasmobranch Society, studies the natural history of sharks, skates and rays, including the description of new species and the investigation of their reproduction, feeding ecology, age and growth, visual adaptations, and more. Specifically, he and his students study a new species of gulper shark from the Cayman Trench (between Jamaica and Cuba), the cownose rays in Chesapeake Bay, and chain catsharks in his lab. He is also the lead author of the bestselling textbook “Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life” published through Jones & Bartlett Learning.