Susan Bandoni Muench

Chair and Professor of Biology
Integrated Science Center 332A

Dr. Muench has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1992.

Dr. Susan Bandoni Muench is Professor of Biology and is an evolutionary biologist interested in host-parasite coevolution. For more than 20 years, she has studied schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease prevalent in Africa and Latin America. She was awarded the Spencer J. Roemer supported professorship for 2012-2015 to support her teaching and research in Ghana. Dr. Muench heads a summer study abroad program in Ghana that introduces students to public health issues through cultural and ecological excursions.

Susan Bandoni Muench photo

Office Hours Fall 2023

  • Mondays 3:30pm-4:20pm ISC 332A
  • Thursdays 1:00pm-2:50pm ISC 332A

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1991

  • M.S., University of British Columbia, 1985

  • B.S. in Biology, University of British Columbia, 1983

Research Interests

  • Systematics of Parasitic

  • Systematics of Phylogenetic Reconstruction

  • Host-Parasite Coevolution & Biogeography


  • BIOL 117: Gen Biol - Cells,Genetics,Evol

    An introductory course in the biological sciences covering cells, information coding and transfer, evolution, and diversity of unicellular organisms. This course will emphasize examples from both the plant and animal kingdoms using an integrated approach. Intended for science majors and other well-prepared students.

  • BIOL 318: Health and Developing World

    Students in this course will examine the biology of health and disease by focusing on public health in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This course will explore the biology of infectious diseases and their influences on history and culture in these regions as well as the social and economic impact of public health for contemporary societies. Topics addressed also include global change and the global shift to non-communicable disease. Topics addressed will also include prospects for change through collaborative scientific research.