Portrait Jolene CogbillJolene Cogbill, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Academic Enrichment and Outreach
Assistant Professor, Biology
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Email: jolene.cogbill@chaminade.edu
Phone: (808)739-4630



Dr. Cogbill has taught at Chaminade since 2008. She specializes in Cellular and Molecular Biology and in the teaching and design of biological laboratory techniques courses. Her experience makes her ideally positioned to use research methodologies to inform her undergraduate teaching, and to mentor students who are considering careers in biotechnology, biomedicine as either researchers or practitioners.

Jolene Cogbill is also the Coordinator of the Academic Enrichment and Outreach Programs within the Division. Dr. Cogbill manages partnerships with outside institutions, arranges and develops student research and professional internships, actively prepares student for graduate school and assumes responsibility for tracking the impact of these efforts on student attainment.

Doctoral Work

Dr. Cogbill’s doctoral work was on the molecular biology of multi-drug resistance proteins (MRPs) in Drosophila melanogaster. These proteins are extremely important in cellular detoxification, for example playing a key role in the resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents and in the response of most species to xenobiotic compounds. During her Ph.D. work with Dr. Steven Robinow she combined both cutting-edge molecular biology and the mentoring of numerous undergraduate students through the University of Hawaii’s Haumana MARC program.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology from the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
B.S. in Biology – University of California, Irvine

Awards and Honors

  • Dr. Cogbill’s work is funded by our NIMHD BRIC grant and the NCRR INBRE award.