Meet our authors...

Our authors bring to their writing many years' experience of teaching genetics. Find out why they're so enthusiastic about teaching genetics, how they go about making it relevant and engaging for students, and how they aim to turn students into scientists.

Why study genetics?


What's your approach to teaching genetics?


How do you show the importance of the scientific process?

What's different about this textbook?


How do you show its relevance to the real world?


How does your book reflect contemporary views and approaches to genetics?


About our authors

Philip Meneely 
Professor of Biology, Haverford College, PA

Philip has taught both introductory and advanced genetics for more than 20 years, as well as courses in genomics and bioinformatics. He previously was on the faculty of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. His research with C. elegans has included publications on chromosome rearrangements, polyploidy, meiosis, sex determination, dosage compensation, and gene interactions. He is also the author of Genetic Analysis: Genes, Genomes, and Networks in Eukaryotes (Oxford University Press), now in its second edition, which was short-listed by the Royal Society in 2015 for Undergraduate Biology Textbook of the year.

Rachel Dawes Hoang
Associate Professor of Biology, Haverford College, PA

Rachel has published research and review articles in the fields of developmental biology and evolutionary developmental biology. Her current research investigates the evolution of genes controlling cell shape changes as well as the interactions between endosymbiotic bacteria and host cells during embryonic development of insects. She regularly teaches courses in genetics, evolution, and development. She is currently the chair of the Biology Department. She is a former Helen Hay Whitney fellow.

Iruka N. Okeke
Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Iruka taught biology at Haverford College, PA, USA from 2002 until 2014. She is presently Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and has also taught in other African and UK applied health programs. Her research on bacterial genetics and microbiology focuses on intestinal pathogens and on antimicrobial resistance. She is co-author of two books and about a hundred articles and chapters. She has been the recipient of Fulbright, Branco Weiss and Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin) Fellowships. Okeke serves on editorial, higher education, health policy and science policy advisory panels and boards in the US, Europe and Africa.

Katherine Heston
Instructor in Biology, Haverford College, PA

Katherine has been involved in teaching undergraduates for thirty years at Lake Forest College (IL), Northwestern University, Villanova University, and Haverford College. Her teaching background includes botany, ecology, genetics, cell and molecular biology. Working closely with students in the teaching lab has developed her sense of the student perspective, which informs her development of effective teaching materials for her classes.