Department Chairs:
Mary Garvin
Office hours are 11 am - Noon daily in #A139

Administrative Assistant:
Twila Colley

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8315
Fax: (440) 775-8960

Science Center K123
119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Adam Haberman

Adam Haberman

Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Science Center, K231
(440) 775-6502

Adam Haberman

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1996
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2003


  • Drosophila genetics
  • Cell biology of neurons
  • Developmental signaling

I conduct research using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to understand the causes of neuronal degeneration. Many human diseases result in neuronal degeneration, but the mechanisms that kill neurons are still poorly understood. By focusing on the basic biology of neurons, I hope to learn how neurons normally stay healthy and how different disease states perturb that process. I focus primarily on the neurons of the fly eye, which provide a wealth of genetic tools to let us study neurons in their normal setting. Flies also have a short lifespan, which is helpful for studying diseases that occur in old age in man. This combination of research tools and short lifespan allows us to do experiments in flies that are impractical or simply impossible in mammals.