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Joseph G Kunkel, AB '64 Columbia College, Ph. D. '68 Case-Western Reserve University
Research Professor


Joe grew up on a tidal salt marsh in Long Island NY.  He spent his early years collecting and rearing insects as a hobby.  He went to college majoring in Zoology and published his first paper based on his undergraduate research on cockroach development.  He chose a graduate school where he could continue his interest in insect development and on earning his Ph. D. did a post doctoral in Biometry and another in Biochemistry.  Joe's major interest is in using experimental design to explore the mechanisms of development and cell biology.  After 42 years of research and teaching at UMass Amherst he has moved his base of operation to UNE Biddeford.  He will continue research on lobster cuticle and mouse bone development focusing on how minerals are acquired, fashioned into structures and function in skeletons.


Biometry, protein chemistry and non-invasive ion flux measurements.


AB, Zoology, Collumbia College, 1964

Ph. D., Biology, Case Western Reserve University, 1968

Post-Grad Training

Post-Doctoral Training
NIH Postdoctoral Trainee in Development, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Sabbatical Research Assoc. with Alan C Wilson, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California

Sabbatical Research with Beatrice Lanzrein, University of Berne, Berne, Switzerland, Other

Sabbatical Research Assoc. at Vibrating Probe Facility, Marine Biological Labs, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Sabbatical Research Associate with Wolfam Nagel, Physiological Institute LMU, Munich, Other

Sabbatical Research Associate with Sabine Hild, Polymer Science at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, Other

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

Developmental Biology, Cell physiology and Biometry.

Current Research or Scholarship

The roles of minerals in shells of crustaceans and molluscs.

Vita - - UMass Biology

Recently Funded Grants

NSF 'Spatio-Temporal Regulation of Tip Growth in Pollen Tubes' 2009-2013
RI-SeaGrant 'Mineralization of the lobster exoskeleton as a target of shell disease' 2007-2010.

Student Opportunities: Yes