Rebecca Beach

Although most of my formal training is in molecular biology, my fascination with the living world has always extended well beyond the boundaries of molecules and cells. I grew up in southern Arizona and spent much of my childhood exploring the mysteries of the desert and its magnificent array of vegetation and wildlife. As an undergraduate I studied ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, but graduate school eventually led me to research in molecular biology and animal development. As a faculty member at Hollins I have had many opportunities to expand my scholarly pursuits and engage in research collaborations with faculty and students in the biology, psychology, and physics departments. My recent research projects have included studies on canine genetics and behavior, the effects of environmental toxins on fish and amphibian development, and sources of microbial contamination in food and drink. I teach courses in molecular and cell biology, genetics, developmental biology, evolution, and nutrition.

Courses Taught

  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Evolution
  • Nutrition


  • Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
  • M.S., University of Connecticut-Storrs
  • B.S., University of Arizona