Virginia Weis

Professor & Chair

Department of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology)

3029 Cordley Hall

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR 97331

ph: 541-737-4359


Curriculum Vitae



BS, Yale University, 1984


PhD, University of California at Los Angeles, 1990 with Len Muscatine


Postdoc, University of Southern California, 1991-1993 with Margaret McFall-Ngai


Postdoc, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, 1993-1996 with Paul Levine


I have been on the faculty at OSU in the Department of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology) since 1996. I obtained my B.S. from Yale University in 1984. It was here, in the laboratory of Dr. Leo Buss that I first became deeply involved in independent research, examining the ultrastructure of larvae of the hydroid Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus. I performed my thesis work from 1985-1990 in Dr. Len Muscatine’s lab where I found my career-long interest in coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis. From 1991-1993 I left coral symbiosis to study squid-luminous bacterial symbioses for my first postdoc in Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai’s lab at USC (now at U. Wisconsin Madison). From 1993-1996, I was a postdoc in Paul Levine’s lab at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University’s marine lab. Here I returned to the study of cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis to study the temperate Pacific coast anemone Anthopleura elegantissima.

Teaching Interests

I participate in a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at OSU. I teach the animal form and function portion of the BI21X series, the introductory biology course in the Biology Program. I teach BI358, Symbioses and the Environment, a course that offers an in-depth treatment of a variety of important mutualistic symbioses. I teach Z361/362, Invertebrate Biology, a lecture and lab course that covers the broad spectrum of invertebrate diversity. I offer periodic graduate seminars on a range of topics. Topics of past seminars have included, Oxidative Stress, Biology of deep sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems, Ecophysiology of marine invertebrate larvae and mutualistic symbioses.