Faculty Profile

Kirsten Guss

Associate Professor of Biology, John R. & Inge Paul Stafford Chair in Bioinformatics (2001)

Contact Information


Rector North Room 2302


Prof. Guss is interested in the molecular basis of development. Her research focuses on the role of the transcription factor scalloped during development of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Prof. Guss teaches the following courses in the biology program: 127: This is Your Life, 317: Genetics, 318: Animal Development, and 418: Developmental Genomics.


  • B.A., Gettysburg College, 1989
  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1997

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

BIOL 318 Animal Development w/Lab
Material deals with descriptive embryology and the mechanisms of development including the genetic and biochemical levels. Laboratory includes observation of selected examples of invertebrate and vertebrate development and experimental investigations of developmental processes. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 124 and PSYC 125.