Cabrini College's size and interaction among professors and students attracted David Dunbar, Ph.D., in 2001.
"Cabrini is a very friendly environment," says Dunbar, who says Cabrini reminded him of his undergraduate experience.
Dunbar says he is highly involved in his students' academic progress, and as a result, his students generally excel in their studies.
His students have presented their work in poster and oral presentations at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science and the National Council on Undergraduate Research Symposia.
Dunbar is involved in several community service initiatives. His primary undertaking is encouraging involvement of Cabrini students in restoring Valley Creek and its major tributaries, as well as educating local communities about the Valley Creek watershed.
He also participates in the Special Olympics Eastern Regional with Cabrini Honor students every January.
He is a supporter of undergraduate student/faculty research, and says his projects are multi-faceted and include studying a 250 million-year-old microbe called Halosimplex carlsbadense; genes that are involved in mouse mammary gland development; viral genome sequencing project and stream assessments.
Dunbar earned a B.A. in biology from Lycoming College and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Lehigh University. He has been published in the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and the Journal of Insect Molecular Biology.
Dunbar's wife, Maureen, is a professor at Penn State. They have three children. Dunbar's hometown is Palmerton, Pa., located on the edge of the Pocono Mountains, and he lives in Reading, Pa., with his family. Dunbar's favorite hobbies are fishing and stock-car racing.
Contact information: David Dunbar, Ph.D.Associate Professor, BiologyIadarola Center, Room firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://pages.cabrini.edu/ddunbar