Matthew Beckman

Department Chair, Biology
Associate Professor

Science Hall 215
CB 37

Teaching Interests:

  • Genetics
  • Development
  • Molecular Biology
  • Introductory Biology

Research Interests:

Undergraduate researchers working with me study how the freshwater invertebrate, Daphnia, develops and swims. Studies are focused on the genetic control of nervous system development with a particular focus on the development of the motor program.

See lab webpage:


  • B.S. Biology, Brandeis University
  • Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Postdoc, Yale University
  • Postdoc, University of Montana
  • Postdoc, University of Minnesota