Associate Professor Joe Pelliccia Retires After 30 years in Biology Department

Dr. Joe Pelliccia has retired from the Department of Biology after 30 years of exemplary teaching and research in Genetics and Molecular Biology. Joe’s research program focused for many years on Drosophila before he shifted to the nematode, C. elegans. Joe’s research students have been numerous, including Stephanie Richards ’84 who is currently replacing Joe on our faculty. Joe help develop many teaching innovations in our core biology seuqence, including the Principal Investigator (PI) System we use in core laboratories to foster collaborative investigative learning and scientific writing skills. In the late 90’s Joe spent two years as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation in Washington DC overseeing grant review for curricular development in college and university science programs. In his retirement Joe will be working a referee for a variety of sports including soccor and hockey, and will spend his extra time biking, motorcycling with his wife Pat, and training to become a flight instructor. The Department wishes Joe all the best and hopes both he and his wife Pat have long and productive retirements.