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Patricia Koplas, Ph.D.

Patricia Koplas

Professor and Chair, Biology & Chemistry Department


Dr. Patricia Koplas teaches biology courses including cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy and physiology to biology majors and pre-health students. She also teaches in the General Education program and enjoys leading international study tours with students. She is a licensed physical therapist and serves as the pre-health/pre-vet advisor for undergraduates at Queens.

In spring 2015, Dr. Koplas was awarded the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Chair. She has multiple active research projects, including studying the impact of soursop extracts on cultured cancer cells, examining the interaction of bacteriophage and host bacteria in nematodes and raptor histology studies. She also enjoys working with girls in elementary school to learn about the human body in summer STEM camps.

She is an avid runner and enjoys yoga and gardening.


Ph.D., Neurobiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.S., P.T., Physical Therapy, Duke University
B.S., Biology, Bucknell University


  • 2015 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Chair, Queens University of Charlotte
  • 2009 William S. Lee Distinguished Professor Award, Queens University of Charlotte

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