Marc Brodkin

Marc A. Brodkin, PhD

  • Professor of Biology

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Microbiology and Immunology (1987)
    SUNY at Buffalo (NY)

About Me

My teaching emphasizes the central role of evolutionary theory in every aspect of biological science. Teaching microbiology is the vehicle I use to demonstrate the critical importance of evolution on all living systems. Biology is not an accumulation of unrelated facts; it is a tapestry woven together by individual facts each supporting the theory of evolution. All of this makes apparent the danger and falsehood of superstition, supernatural explanations, and magic as a way of understanding natural phenomena.

Research Interests

My research interest is focused on the molecular and genetic mechanisms of the inflammatory response in the amphibian Rana pipiens and the effect of environmental pollutants on the innate immune response.


  • Brodkin, M.A., Vatnick, I., Madhoun, H., & Rameswaran, M. (2006). Atrazine is an immune disruptor in adult Northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 26(1), 80–84.
  • Vatnick, I., Andrews, J., Colombo, M., Madhoun, H., Rameswaran, M., & Brodkin, M.A. (2006). Acid exposure is an immune disruptor in adult Rana pipiens. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 25(1), 199–202.
  • Brodkin, M.A., Vatnick, I., Simon, M., Hopey, H., Butler-Holston, K., & Leonard, M. (2003). Effects of acid stress in adult Rana pipiens. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Comparative Experimental Biology298(1), 16–22.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


  • Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching (1997)
  • Widener University College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (1995)
  • Elected Member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (1995)