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January 10, 2009

Dr. Vincent Wan Joins Farmingdale State

Biology Department Welcomes New Assistant Professor

Dr. Vincent Wan
Dr. Vincent Wan

Dr. Vincent Wan has received an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Farmingdale State College. Wan's research interests are in the areas of evolutionary biology and the history of science. Specifically, he focuses on the origins of neuroscience in the early 20th century and similarities in evolutionary development between species.Wan's other areas of research include the study of brain functions in pinnipeds (particularly walruses), felines, and canines. Dr. Wan has a substantial publication record, with articles in Paleobiology, British Archeological Reports, and the Journal of History of the Neurosciences.

His past research appointments have included Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as summer fellowships at Johns Hopkins, Columbia University, and University of California-Irvine. Wan comes to the Farmingdale community from Husson College in Bangor, Maine, where he held the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Anatomy and Biology from 2006-2008. He has also taught at the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University.

Wan received his PhD in early 2008 from the University of Chicago in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science. While at the University of Chicago, he received the prestigious Hinds Fund grant which supported his research the cerebral cortex in carnivores. In addition to his PhD., he has a M.S. in Natural Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University at Buffalo-SUNY. Dr. Wan holds dual citizenship with the United States and Belgium.