Rose Reynolds, Ph.D.

Dr. Burnell Landers Professor of Biology; Associate Professor of Biology and Chair; Oxbridge Molecular Biology Biology, Oxbridge Molecular Biology

Dr. Reynolds teaches Cell and Molecular Biology,Genetics, Molecular Genetics, and is a tutor in the Oxbridge Honors Program in Molecular Biology. She was Academic Advisor of the Year for 2014-2015, Coordinator of the Oxbridge Program in Molecular Biology 2014-2017, was installed as Dr. Burnell Landers Professor of Biology in 2017, and is chair of the Department of Biology. Since beginning at Jewell in 2012, she has published five peer-reviewed manuscripts on the genetics of aging and adaptation to novel environments. Her current research aims to determine the genetic relationship between the capacity of an organism’s cells to respond to stress, and an organism’s lifespan. Dr. Reynolds is faculty sponsor of QUILTBAG and oSTEM, both groups dedicated to the support of LGBTQ+ students at Jewell.


  • Arizona State University West
  • University of Illinois
  • Research Interests

    Dr. Reynolds is interested in dissecting the basis of complex traits, from molecule to genetic pathway to network of pathways on up to cellular, organismal and population-wide phenotypes. The field of evolutionary biology is uniquely positioned to combine traditional quantitative genetic methods with cutting edge high throughput genetic and genomic tools to dissect a key complex trait in both evolutionary biology and medicine: aging. Specifically, she uses Caenorhabditis remanei to investigate natural genetic variation for lifespan, healthspan, and stress response.

    Students in her lab participate in a range of projects within the main topics of determining the genetic relationship between stress response and longevity; determining the age- or stage-specificity of genetic correlations; evaluating the efficacy of Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system for human genetically-influenced diseases; using C. elegans to evaluate potential medicines for efficacy against human disease; and experimental characterization of gene function in C. elegans and C. remanei.

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