Dr. Larry Cohen, CSUSM Founding Faculty
Dr. Cohen received his B.A. in Biology, M.A. and Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of California at Los Angeles. His Ph.D. degree was in Genetics, with minors in Biochemistry and Comparative Physiology. Dr. Cohen was a faculty member at Rutgers University, UCLA, and Pomona College before coming to CSUSM as one of the ten Founding Faculty and Program Director for Biology in August, 1989.
As a Founding Faculty, Dr. Cohen started in the rented offices in the building that would be fondly referred to as Cal State Jeromes, as it was located next to Jerome's Furniture on the other side of highway 78 from where the campus is now located. Dr. Cohen helped design Science Hall I and was an integral member of a number of faculty and Dean searches in the early years of the campus. He also helped procure over $4 million worth of equipment for the Biology and Chemistry departments. Dr. Cohen served as the Program Director until his retirement in June, 2002.
Dr. Richard Bray
Dr. Bray received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara. He joined CSUSM in Fall 1994 and served as the Biology Department Chair for several years. Dr. Bray's areas of research specialization are ecology and biostatistics.
Dr. Victor Rocha
Dr. Rocha's research specialization is in cell and developmental biology. He founded CSUSM's Office for Training, Research, and Education in the Sciences in 2000 and served as its director for many years. Dr. Rocha also served as the Dean of CSUSM's College of Arts and Sciences.