James Morris is Professor of Biology at Brandeis University, and has broad interests in genetics, epigenetics, evolution, medicine, and history of science. He teaches a wide range of classes for majors and non-majors, including introductory biology, evolution, vertebrate anatomy, project laboratory in genetics and genomics, epigenetics, and a first-year seminar focusing on Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.
He is particularly interested in biology education and the public understanding of science and research. He is a lead author on a new college-level introductory biology textbook titled Biology: How Life Works. This book emphasizes concepts over terms and facts, integrates text, media, and assessment, and helps students develop ways of thinking that scientists use to understand the natural world and solve problems. His research examines how chromosome organization and pairing influence gene expression, and he uses the fruit fly as a model organism.