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Virginia Weis

Distinguished Professor

Dr. Russ and Dolores Gorman Faculty Scholar

Department of Integrative Biology

OSU Integrative Biology

4575 SW Research Way

Corvallis, OR 97331

ph: 541-737-4359



Education and Training

1984              BS in Biology from Yale University

1990              PhD University of California at Los Angeles

1991-1993    Postdoc University of Southern California

1993-1996    Postdoc Stanford University



I have spent my entire career as a faculty member in Integrative Biology, starting as an assistant professor in 1996. I served as Head of Integrative Biology for nine years from 2011-2020. Broadly, I am a marine physiologist with a career long focus on coral-algal symbiosis. I have instructed thousands of undergraduate students in introductory biology, invertebrate biology, and the biology of symbiosis. My group has produced over 100 publications and I have mentored and trained dozens of graduate students and postdocs and over 100 undergraduates.

I have a leadership role in the Coral Restoration Consortium (CRC) and run a working group on Coral cryopreservation. The group aims to:

  • Build cryopreservation capacity globally

  • Disseminate cryopreservation protocols and trainings to the global community

  • Develop a global network of cryo-repositories with a single database managed by USDA

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