Jo Anne Powell-Coffman

  • Associate Dean



3002 Adv Tch Res Bd
2213 Pammel Dr.
Ames IA


Jo Anne Powell-Coffman is a Professor in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, and she has served as Associate Dean for Research since July 1, 2019. She earned her B.S. in physiology at the University of California, Davis in 1986, and her Ph.D. in biology at the University of California, San Diego in 1993. She furthered her training as a postdoctoral research fellow in Boulder, Colorado in the field of developmental genetics before joining the ISU faculty in 1998. Her research program focuses on the mechanisms by which animals sense and adapt to their environments. She has also contributed to interdisciplinary grant-funded projects that aim to improve student success. She served as Chair of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology 2011– 2018.

Contact for questions about:

  • Research funding opportunities
  • Startup and large equipment funding
  • Pre-award support
  • LAS Centers
  • Interdisciplinary programs of research and scholarship
  • Advancing LAS research