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About John J. Gaynor

Dr. John Gaynor received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Plant Biology and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biology Department at Yale University and the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology at Rockefeller University.  With support from NSF, Dr. Gaynor has made important contributions to ethylene biology and it’s role in modulating gene expression in plants. He has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and was invited as a Visiting Scholar by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to work and lecture in the People’s Republic of China.  Dr. Gaynor has recently initiated research efforts into the field of nanotechnology and, through collaboration with Dr. Paul Bologna, in the molecular biology of Cnidarians with a special emphasis on venom proteins and venomics of Scyphozoans. As PI or co-Investigator on several university-, NSF-, and NJDEP-funded grants, Dr. Gaynor has been retrained as a molecular ecologist with extensive field experience.  The application of molecular tools in the field have revolutionized the discipline of ecology and conservation genetics.  Combined with the remarkable resolving power of NextGen DNA sequencing, the areas of genomics and metagenomics have truly rewritten the ways biologists think about - and study - the natural world. In addition, Dr. Gaynor employs bioinformatics to exploit the massive data sets that his laboratory have generated from metagenomic eDNA samples as well as whole genome sequencing of important jellyfish.


Present Professor of Biology, Montclair State University Biology

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 1981 - 1982 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Postdoctoral Training Grant, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • 1985 - 1987 Henry Rutgers Research Fellow, Rutgers University. Provided laboratory support ($17,500 per year) and release from teaching responsibilities.
  • 1990 Appointed Visiting Scholar, Academia Sinica, People's Republic of China
  • (to teach a Workshop in Methods in Plant Molecular Biology and to construct genomic and cDNA libraries of Hevea brasiliensis at the Institute of Genetics, Beijing co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the US Academy of Sciences)
  • 1994 Selected as Mendel Lecturer, Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ. Presented seminar entitled “Ethylene, Stress, and Gene Expression: How Plants Cope with Hard Times." 43rd Annual Gregor Mendel Lecture at Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ.



1982 - 1984 Postdoctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University ‐ Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology
1981 - 1982 Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University ‐ Biology
1978 - 1981 PhD, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway ‐ Plant Biology
1975 - 1978 MS, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway ‐ Plant Biology
1971 - 1975 BS, Saint Joseph's University ‐ Biology

Contact Information

Dr. John J. Gaynor
Department of Biology
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07043
voice: 973-655-7253
fax: 973-655-7047
office: 973-655-4397

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