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Michael S. Gaines, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost, Professor of Biology

Michael Gaines received his master's and doctorate degrees in ecology from Indiana University. After 22 years on the faculty of the University of Kansas, he became Chair of the Department of Biology at UM in 1992. In 2004, he left the Chair in order to concentrate on undergraduate and community outreach programs as Assistant Provost. Besides teaching courses in introductory biology, research ethics, and research design for undergrads, Dr. Gaines directs and serves as campus coordinator for multiple research and community outreach programs. Dr. Gaines' scientific interests focus on the ecological genetics of endangered small mammal species in South Florida.
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David P. Janos, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Professor of Biology

David Janos received his master's and doctorate degrees in Botany from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).  He was a post-doctoral fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama for four years before joining the University of Miami faculty in 1979.  Since 2002, he has collaborated with Dr. Gaines to write grant proposals for research training of underrepresented, underserved minority students.  He is a mycologist, ecologist, and tropical biologist who investigates the effects of beneficial, root-inhabiting fungi on plants including those with importance for agriculture or forestry.
Jane Indorf, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Associate

Jane Indorf did her undergraduate studies in biology at Boston University and received her Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and population genetics from the University of Miami. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Indorf works on multiple STEM education research initiatives and evaluation of our HHMI science education programs. She also works with UM’s science faculty on teaching and learning innovations. Dr. Indorf conducts research in evolutionary biology. Her interests include evolution, molecular ecology, population genetics, curriculum development, science education research and outreach.
Maria J. Robertson, B.B.A. '04, M.A.L.S. '11

Maria received her Bachelors in Business Administration and her Master of Arts from the University of Miami. Maria is a Miami native and worked in the corporate sector before beginning her career at UM. Maria manages and serves as campus coordinator for undergraduate research opportunities and multiple research and community outreach programs.