Where am I?

Dr. Elizabeth Rayhel

Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chair


  • Ph.D., Indiana State University, 1988
  • B.S., University of Missouri - St. Louis, 1978

Courses Taught:

  • General biology
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Kinesiology
  • Tissue culture techniques


Research Area/ Scholarly Interest:

Right now, I am studying the effects of road salts on development of caterpillars and butterflies.

Butterfly wing coloration has implications in several fields of biology including larval development, evolution, animal behavior and ecology, but I am focused more on the pathways used by the pupal animals to generate the color patterns see on the adult wings. Many of the pathways used by invertebrates give us insight into similar pathways used by mammals.

Contact Information:

            Email address: erayhel@fontbonne.edu

            Phone: 314-889-1445

            Office: AB324

Faculty Fun Fact: I have been playing World of Warcraft since my son introduced me to it a few years back.  I have a warrior and a warlock at level 90.