Robert A. Desharnais, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8201
Tel: (323) 343-2056
Fax: (323) 343-6451


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Biographical Information

Born 29 March 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Marital Status - married, no children
Citizenship - United States


Ph.D., Zoology    May 1982 University of Rhode Island, Kingston
M.S., Zoology May 1979 University of Rhode Island, Kingston
B.A., Biology June 1976    University of Massachusetts, Boston

Academic Positions

California State University, Los Angeles
9/97 to present
Professor of Biology
9/92 to 8/97 Associate Professor
9/88 to 8/92 Assistant Professor

Rockefeller University, New York

9/88 to 8/92 Assistant Professor
9/87 to 8/88
Research Associate
9/83 to 8/85 Postdoctoral Associate

Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
9/82 to 8/83 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow

Professional Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society of Naturalists
Association for Biology Laboratory Education
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
Ecological Society of America
Genetics Society of America
National Center for Science Education
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Sigma Xi Honor Society
Society for Mathematical Biology
Southern California Academy of Sciences

Special Recognition

  • Outstanding Professor Award, California State University, Los Angeles, Academic Year 1998-1999
  • Cal State LA “Million Dollar Club” for exceeding $1M in external grant awards, October 1998
  • Coauthor of research report published in Science which was the subject of an article in the “Perspectives” section in the same issue
  • Author of web service called Virtual FlyLab which was used extensively for genetics instruction, has won several “Best of the Web” awards and was highlighted in Natural History and Syllabus magazines
  • Coauthor of research paper published in Nature and reported in news articles in Nature and several major newspapers (e.g. Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Newsday, Chicago Tribune)
  • Author of instructional applications FlyLab and KaryotypeLab which were described in news articles in Chronicle of Higher Education (8 July 1992) and Science (4 November 1994)
  • Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, September 1982
  • URI Graduate Research Fellowship, September 1980
  • Rhode Island Chapter Sigma Xi award for best MS thesis in the biological sciences, November 1979
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from UMass, Boston, June 1976
  • Environmental Internship, Audubon Society, Summer 1974
  • Valedictorian, Notre Dame High School, June 1972

Copyright © 2002, Robert A Desharnais
Department of Biological Sciences
California State University, Los Angeles, CA, 90032-8201